Elizabeth Crocket MACDONALD 20 September 1928 - 9 December 2012 Betty passed away on Sunday, the 9th of December, five years to the day of the death of her beloved husband Al. She spent the last few months in a valiant fight to recover from complications due to heart surgery. Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Betty trained as a nurse at St. Boniface Hospital and was awarded the proficiency medal at graduation. She then did post graduate work at the University of Ottawa. After working as a nursing instructor in Ontario, she came to British Columbia and taught in the nursing school at Royal Columbian Hospital. She met Allan MacDonald on a blind date and they were married in 1957. After raising kids, her own and many others from the neighborhood, Betty returned to school taking the Health Records Program at BCIT. Always an amazing student, she was both the oldest graduate in her program and the top of her class in 1978. Her second career took her to BC's Health Surveillance Registry where she worked until her retirement in 1988.
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Betty's interests and contributions were as varied as her sense of humour. From a deep love of Formula One Racing to participation in the Scouting movement, she was an engaging woman who found joy in many things including the beauty of the ocean (especially the Sunshine Coast), kibitzing with her grandsons, reading mystery novels, solving the N.Y. Times crossword puzzles and puttering in her garden.
Betty is deeply missed by her family - sons Ian and Rob, daughters Susan and Mary, son-in-law Dave, and grandsons Sam and Max. She is also survived by her older brother Charlie Baker (Macon, Georgia) and his family, and her sister-in-law Dorothy Tupper (Langley) and her family.
Many people's lives were enriched by knowing Betty. We would be honoured if you would share your memories and ours at a Celebration of Life to be held sometime in the Spring of 2013. Details will be provided at a later date. If you wish to honour Betty's legacy, please consider a donation to the BC Parkinson's Society - a charity of great importance to her.
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on Dec. 15, 2012