ELIZABETH ANN (BETTY ANN) BUSHELL, B.A., B.Ed. O.N. Suddenly but surrounded by love on February 5, 2015 following an incredibly aggressive cancer at age 72. Grateful to have been born to Carson and Audrey Bushell (deceased), who believed in education and independence for women, Betty Ann enjoyed a career that offered her many opportunities for exponential growth. She is survived by her son, Marshall (Marty), his wife, Edita (Edie) Cimba-Bushell, their three wonderful boys, Ryan, Connor and Nolan and her brother, J. Fraser and his family. Betty Ann was a brilliant woman who attended the University of Western Ontario at 16 and began teaching grade 13 at the age of 20 on completion of teacher's college. While dedicating her professional life to educating youth, she also became a formidable advocate for women's rights, labour and social justice movements, often the driving force behind many successful political and union campaigns. Her work within labour movements, both at the forefront and behind the scenes, was always lauded. Her passion for volunteerism was recognized through receipt of a YWCA "Women of Distinction" award and the "Order of Niagara". Her volunteer efforts were countless, whether as a church councillor, executive member of the Workers Arts and Heritage Centre, treasurer of the Congress of Union Retirees of Canada, or foster mother to many dogs for the local SPCA. Always a globetrotter who travelled off the beaten path, from Azerbaijan to Armenia and Vietnam to Cambodia, she regretted having to leave this world prior to travelling with her 2 younger grandsons, after having enjoyed numerous adventures with her grandson Ryan, including the Galápagos Islands, Banff and the Yukon. Visitation will be held at Church of the Resurrection (435 Mohawk Rd. W., Hamilton) on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 from 1-3 p.m. followed by 3 p.m. service and reception immediately thereafter. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Church of the Resurrection or the Hamilton SPCA are appreciated.
Published in Toronto Star on Feb. 7, 2015.