Dec. 4, 1922 – Oct. 27, 2013

Wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, ferocious bridge player, sharp investor, snappy dresser, loyal defender of those she loved, maker of lifelong friends and expert seamstress of Barbie clothes. Betty was both a woman of her era, the quintessential executive wife of the 50’s and 60’s and also an exceptionally strong and independent woman in her own right. Betty was smart, witty, fun and leaned more to the practical and self sufficient than the warm and fuzzy.

Born in Sudbury Ontario to William and Elsie Major, she was big sister to Bill, Jack, Colleen and Pat. Her father, a telegrapher, accepted a job in Mattawa when Betty was 6 years old, where Betty finished high school then attended Rideau Street Convent in Ottawa. After completing her courses she worked at the Bank of Canada and shortly after, she moved to Cooper Cliff to work at INCO. There she met the love of her life and married Gordon Clement on Nov 4, 1944. They were married 68 years when he passed away in 2012.

She and Gordon moved to Toronto where he taught at the University of Toronto. Gordon then joined the Alcan Aluminum Company and they moved to Arvida Quebec.

Thus began their network of friends. A connector of people and a person to whom others gravitated, Betty made friendships that lasted a lifetime. From northern Quebec they moved with Alcan to Kingston, Montreal, Toronto and finally Vernon in 1973. When they celebrated their 50th anniversary many of their friends from all these cities came to celebrate with them.

Although Betty enjoyed the domestic arts and was a skilled seamstress, knitter and “smocker” (a long lost art she thought) she also had a keen financial mind , ran the household finances and did the investing. She became a highly successful real estate agent in Montreal. She continued this career when they moved to Vernon along with getting her real estate appraisal licence. In addition to their Alcan friends Betty had her group of bridge friends with whom she got together every week for 25 years. Her only rule was no chit chat until after the bidding was done and the cards played! She was active in the Catholic Woman’s League at St. James Church as well as a member of the VJH Hospital Auxiliary and Board of the Vernon Art Gallery.

Betty will be fondly remembered and forever missed by her children, Jane (Keith Godfrey), Lachlan (Heather Caravan) and Maureen (Richard Sherwin). Betty leaves five loving grandchildren, Heather (Andrew Gubbels), Mark, Danielle, Blaise, and Michael, and one precious great grandchild, Jack, as well as her siblings Colleen Blight (George), Pat Robbenhaar (Brant), Justice Jack Major (Helene) and was pre-deceased by William Major (Jean).

We would like to express our thanks to the wonderful and caring folks at Canterbury Court where Betty leaves many friends.

A Funeral Mass will be held at St. James Catholic Church Friday Nov. 8th at 1pm

A Celebration of Life will be held at Canterbury Court, 3011 Gateby Place on Nov. 9th at 2pm.

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