Betty Jean MICHAL

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MICHAL, Betty Jean (nee Glendinning)
June 29, 1938 - October 28, 2012
Passed away peacefully in her home in Vancouver with her sons by her side. She is survived by sons, Paul (Heather) and Carl (Joanna), grandchildren Jasper, Joelle, Joni and Clara, brother Bob, sister Maryalyce (John), and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by husband Ray, sister-in- law Joyce Marie and granddaughter Olivia. Betty was born in Deloraine Manitoba as the youngest child of Robert Arthur and Vera Blanche Glendinning (nee Geddes). The family moved to Selkirk Manitoba where the children grew up. After finishing her schooling, Betty began work at Great West Life Insurance in Winnipeg where she became a department manager and met Ray Michal. The couple married in 1965 and relocated to Vancouver where she began working at BC Hydro. Her career was interrupted by the birth of sons Paul in 1967 and Carl in 1969. Betty began volunteering in the library at the boys' school, leading to a long rewarding career with the Vancouver School Board. She worked in several schools including MacCorkindale and Norquay where she shared her passion for books with countless children and formed many friendships lasting decades. After her retirement from the school board she worked part-time at Stage One Accounting until her diagnosis of breast cancer in 2007. Her greatest joy in life was spending time with her family and friends. She loved the beaches and parks, theatre, music and restaurants of Vancouver. She was well known for her offbeat sense of humour, her dance routines and her unique eye wear fashion. A celebration of her life will take place at 1:00 pm on Friday, November 2 at the St. James Community Hall, 3214 West 10th Avenue. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the BC Cancer Foundation.

Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province from Nov. 1 to Nov. 3, 2012
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