Gertrude Henryetta (Gertie) POUTNEY

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POUTNEY, Gertrude (Gertie) Henryetta Gertrude (Gertie) Henryetta Poutney, 98, of Victoria BC, died peacefully of natural causes during an afternoon nap Friday April 26, 2013. Gertie was born to George Henry and Martha Elizabeth (Lizzy) Aikins March 12, 1915 on a farm near Richardson Saskatchewan. She rode horseback to a one room school in Richardson. She married her husband of 67 years, William Poutney, in 1939. Bill joined the army that year and served in Whitehorse, Yukon Territories until 1943 when he deployed to England and Europe. Gertie, her two sons George and Grant moved to Victoria and Vancouver expecting Bill to be assigned to the Pacific Patrol. She lived there with her sister Leta Aikins, until 1946 when Bill was discharged. He took his family back to Saskatchewan to look for his own farm. His temporary railway job became permanent while Gertie managed 5 acres of garden and several dozen chickens. They bought a 13 acre hobby farm in Shawnigan Lake BC and moved there in 1957. Bill resumed working for the CPR railway and Gertie doubled down on the farm work raising over 1000 chickens at a time, 4 head of cattle (including a milker) with no automation. She contributed generously to her community and the Shawnigan United Church. Her sons finished high school in Shawnigan and went on to college and vocational training in Victoria and Vancouver. They started nomadic lives traveling to New Guinea, Australia, many places in North America, Colombia, Singapore, Indonesia and California. Bill and Gertie kept up the farm until 1982 when they retired to Victoria. They enjoyed retirement by traveling and joining various clubs and organizations. Gertie made many dozens of quilts, knitted clothing and crochet bed spreads and table cloths. She enjoyed her far flung family and friends and kept informed of them. She loved to tell stories of all of them and of all of the animals she ever knew. She was an animal talker (no whispering) and she could tell you what was on their minds at any time. She will be long and lovingly remembered by her sons and their very extended families, many nephews, nieces and their families, long time friends and neighbors and her many new friends at Ross Place where she had been since 2006. There will be a memorial service and reception at Sands Funeral Chapel, 1803 Quadra Street Victoria, BC, Thursday May 9, 2013, at 2 pm.


Published in Victoria Times-Colonist on May 5, 2013