Our Sovereign God, the Lord Jesus Christ, released Betty from her ALS stricken body on October 21st, 2015. The wretched disease stole her voice and muscle strength over the past fifteen months. However, ALS never robbed Betty of her beautiful smile, bright eyes and her strong God given spirit and faith. She was able to be at home until her departure to her heavenly home and Betty finished her race well! Our God reigns.
Betty will be greatly missed by her husband Robert (Bob) of just over 50 years; her son, Gordon (Julia) Barr; her daughter, Tannis Barr; four grandchildren, Alyssa, Katrina (Charles), Rianna and Anthony; two brothers, Bill (Terry) Turanski and John (Sherrie) Turanski; two sisters, Barbara Bolton and Judy (Ed) Duffy; her special aunt, Emily Oaks; Bob’s brothers and sisters; numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members; and many dear friends.
On April 28th, 1962, Betty married Cst. Gordon Pedersen RCMP. Gordon and two colleagues were shot and killed while on duty in Kamloops less than two months later, on June 18th, 1962. Betty was pregnant with her son Gordon at the time and as a result of the trauma she was experiencing in her life she delivered him prematurely on January 21st, 1963. On January 30th, 1965 Betty married Cst. Robert Barr RCMP in Vernon, B.C.
Betty enjoyed many hobbies and she liked to travel. Two major holidays she enjoyed were going to France and climbing the Eiffel Tower and the Alaska Cruise.
Cremation preceded the Funeral Service which will be held at Grace Bible Church, 5661 Silver Star Road, on Thursday, November 12th, 2015 at 10:30 A.M. with Pastors Pat Stich and Larry Woelke officiating. As an expression of sympathy, those who wish to do so may send donations in memory of Betty to the Gideon Memorial Bible Plan, P.O. Box 3619. Stn Main, Guelph, Ontario N1H 9Z9 or the ALS Society of B.C., #119-1600 West 6th Avenue, Vancouver, B.C. V6J 1R3.
We, Betty’s family want to thank the many people who assisted us on this journey. To both Bob and Betty’s family, thank you all for your love and support. Thank you to our family at the Grace Bible Church, to the Interior Health Teams 3&4, Shelly, Deanna and Aidan who in so many ways were there to help Betty – she gave you all a big thumbs up! We would also like to thank Dr. Vincent who was sweet beyond the call of duty for Betty, Dr. Wessels, her Dentist, who provided special care for Betty, and BCITS, who came and set up the breathing equipment which assisted Betty’s breathing. Last but definitely not least, a great big thank you to the ALS Society in Richmond, B.C. for all the support they gave to us and what they did in making Betty’s life as comfortable as possible. It was a difficult road to travel the past fifteen months, and without all these awesome people the journey would have been a lot more difficult. We praise our God for all of you who assisted us and He was faithful in providing us with his grace to meet the daily challenges.
Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints. — Psalm 116:15
Funeral arrangements have been made with BETHEL FUNERAL CHAPEL LTD., 5605-27th Street, Vernon, B.C. V1T 8Z5 • 250-542-1187