It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Aileen Benzie on April 26, 2015. As was her wish, Aileen died at home with her family by her side. Aileen was a beloved wife of nearly 55 years, a wonderful mother and best friend to her daughter, and a delightful and zany Nana to her two grandsons. She will be sadly missed by her many family members in Ontario and Scotland.

Aileen loved to help people. To that end, she was a dedicated devotee of Tai Chi, which she practiced and taught for over 40 years. Her students ranged from young to old, and she took particular pleasure in assisting those with health problems to attain a better quality of life through improved balance and mobility.

More than this, Aileen was a friend. Anyone who knew her will attest to her wonderful gift for friendship. She could make a friend for life riding on the bus, or waiting in the doctor’s office. Her gregarious and open nature resulted in deep and abiding friendships in every corner of the world, from her homeland of Scotland, across Canada and the United States, and beyond.

In keeping with her generosity of spirit and her desire to help others, it was Aileen’s wish that her body be given to the UBC Body Donation Program for medical research.

Aileen, we will miss you more than words can say. A light has gone out in our lives.

A celebration of Aileen’s life will be held in the banquet room of the Schubert Center on Sunday, May 24th from 2 – 4 PM.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation.

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