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Elizabeth Joan PENGELLY
1931 - 2021
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ELIZABETH JOAN PENGELLY (nee Rawlinson) 1931 - 2021 Betty, of Victoria Road, Ontario, died on June 29 after a long decline. She leaves her partner, Nathalie Rockhill; her children John, Clare and partner Roman, Linda Millington, and Laurence Kavanagh and wife Jackie; and her lifelong friend and husband, William Pengelly. Also mourning her are nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Betty was born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, grew up in Regina, graduated from the University of Saskatchewan, and lived in England and Quebec before settling in Toronto in 1961 with her growing family. She taught piano for many years at St. Michael's Choir School, was a piano examiner for Western Conservatory of Music, and retired from private teaching in 2018. Betty included us all in a better world, where everyone is welcome and appreciated for who they are, without prejudice or judgment, where kindness and thoughtfulness and community are a way of life - and where laughter is frequent. She was loved and admired by countless friends, extended family, and piano students (who became friends), whose lives were enriched by her interest, support, great teaching skills, and sense of fun. She never stopped planning for good things. 'We all need something to look forward to,' she would say, as she organized the next birthday party, the next visit with friends, the next treat for someone facing mortal illness, the next trip. All life was precious to her. Donations to the Toronto Wildlife Centre, 60 Carl Hill Rd., Unit 4, Toronto ON M3K 2C1, or other organizations protecting animals, children, or the environment would be fitting memorials. And a kind word to someone who needs it will carry her spirit on. A celebration of life will be held when all can gather safely. Arrangements entrusted to Doolittle Chapel of Carson Funeral Homes, 54 Coldwater St. E., Orillia (705) 326-3595. Online Messages of Condolence are welcome at

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Published in The Globe and Mail from Jul. 17 to Jul. 28, 2021.
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July 17, 2021
Betty was always a delight to see and listen to. Always so happy and cheerful, an inspiration for finding laughter and sunshine. Always in our memories.
Judy Spurr
July 16, 2021
Betty was my cousin and always was admired by me since we first met when She was 16 and I was eight I wanted to be just like Betty in every way possible. We had family reunions every few years. She was funny and had no end of astute observations about our lives. She was a support for our cousin Don during difficult days as well as all her friends and family. It was alive well lived
Madelyn Rawlinson
July 16, 2021
Betty was not technically family, but I always thought of her that way. She was so thoughtful, compassionate and full of life. When you talked to her, you knew she had your full attention and would give excellent advice or a funny comment. My love of eating the peel on the baked potato came from Betty. I feel so fortunate to have spent time with her, and she will live on forever in so many memories from childhood. My sincerest condolences to the family. I loved Betty so much, I know she is in heaven, singing with my dad, or playing piano.
Pauline Olthof-Youn
July 16, 2021
A bright light full of hope.
Jodi Cramm
July 12, 2021
She made the world a better place.
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