Betsy Porter (nee Lyall)
We regret to announce the passing of our dear friend/mother/grandmother and sister, Betsy Porter on Saturday
February 16th. 2008 at the Vernon Jubilee Hospital.
Betsy was born in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba on April 9th, 1920 to parents David and Betsy Lyall. The oldest of six siblings, she is survived by her son Jim (Margret) Loucks, brother Stuart (Irene) Lyall all of Manitoba. Sister Treva(Don) Lennon of Arizona. Sister in law Dorothy Lyall of Enderby and Granddaughter Dawn Poutenan of Calgary with three great grandchildren. As well as her immediate family Betsy was a surrogate mother to Lou (Art) Abram and Carol (Reg) Dyck and their three boys, Chris, Braden and Nathan. She also leaves behind many dear and close friends that she made over her lifetime
She had a career in upholstery as a cutter for 25 years. Betsy loved to travel, it didnt matter if she had anyone to go with she would just go. In 1970 she moved to Watson Lake in Northern B.C. and worked for three years for the Department of Indian Affairs where she loved working with and getting to know the children. Later moving to Edmonton in 1973 she realized that she wanted a retirement place and made her way to Vernon in 1978. Although she came here to retire, it was the last thing on her mind. Her volunteer career would begin with the Schubert Centre in a program called Wheels to Meals which she did for 12 years. She also volunteered at the DayBreak Adult Daycare where she did shopping, cooking and serving. She loved people so much that she became a peer counselor for Senior’s Outreach Okanagan North (SOON). She found this very rewarding and belived that all people needed at times was someone to talk to and Betsy did that very well. She was a very humble president of SOON and later would be reconized for all the volunteer work she did with the George Shaw award.
We will all miss you dearly Betsy but we find peace in knowing that we will be together again someday.
In lieu of flowers and cards donations may be made in Betsy’s name to the S.P.C.A. Foundation. A memorial will take place on Tuesday February 26th. From 2-4pm. At the Columbus Court Dinning Room: 3003 Gateby Place. (Behind the Gateby)
Creamation arrangements were in place and handled by
FISCHER’S FUNERAL SERVICES and CREMATORIUM Salmon Arm, B.C.