BETTS, Flora Douglas ('Dougie') (née Moore)
Peacefully, in her 94th year on September 15, 2008. Predeceased by her beloved husband Peter V.V. Betts. Survived by her children Lesley Betts (Peter Dykstra), Pamela Boucher (Terry), Douglas Betts (Linda), her eight grandchildren Peter Silverwood, Mark Silverwood (Leslie Kalyk), Kristen Humphrey (Mark), Rob Boucher (Denise D'Souza), Michael Betts (Carly & Griffin Wahl), Laura Betts, Caitlin Betts, and Alison Betts, and her three great-grandchildren Sarah Silverwood, Allison Silverwood, and Blake Humphrey. Dougie graduated from the Ontario College of Art where her instruction was influenced by the Group of Seven and other Canadian Masters including Emily Carr. Dougie also graduated with an Honours Degree in Visual Arts from the University of Western Ontario. She taught Art and Art History for twenty-five years at Matthews Hall, in London, Ontario. She also worked as a fashion artist and was often commissioned to create portraits in oils or pastels. Dougie exhibited extensively in Ontario. Two of her most successful shows were inspired by her extensive travels to the Canadian Arctic and to Asia. Dougie loved to cross country ski and to walk with her beloved animals. She loved to read. Most of all she loved her time on Lake Weslemkoon. Thank you to the staff at Nine Twenty-One Millwood for your wonderful care. A family celebration of Dougie's life will be held at a date to be named later. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ontario College of Art & Design, in honour of Dougie Betts, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto, ON M5T 1W1.
Published in The Globe and Mail from Sep. 17 to Sep. 18, 2008.