Betty passed away December 26th at Heron Grove in Vernon, BC surrounded by the love of her family.
Betty was born on December 22nd, 1926 in Amherstburg, Ontario. In 1948, having graduated with her Nursing Degree from Grace Hospital in Windsor, Ontario, Betty and her friend Ruthie headed out west for an adventure. Arriving in BC, Betty practiced nursing in both Salmon Arm and Vernon hospitals.
In 1951 she married Lyall Hanson and continued to nurse until the birth of their first child.
Over the years Betty volunteered with the Cancer Society, the Arthritis Society, NONA, Birch Lodge, and the United Way. She belonged to Kiwanis and Kinettes, and was a lifetime member of the United Church Women (UCW) Friendship Unit.
Betty loved to travel and through her travels met many people who became lifetime friends. She had a special place in her heart for Fiji and the Yukon.
Betty saw the brighter side of things and had the kindest heart. Those who knew Betty are truly blessed. Betty raised her four children with love and respect, and she will live on in our hearts, and through her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Betty is survived by her loving children and their spouses: Nancy and Wayne Ostafew, John Hanson and Alma Jean Inkster, Jeanne and Dave Arcand, Cathy (Kate) Altwasser. Also mourning her loss are her grandchildren: Nicole Purvis (Adam), Dan Ostafew (Shila), Ashley Bevan (Geoff), Danielle Hudgins, Jamie Seabrook, Dayton Altwasser, and Luke and Carter Hanson. Great grandchildren are Olivia and Jacob Purvis, Jillian and Karlyn Bevan, and Sophia Ostafew. Betty is also survived by her sisters June Carson and Mary Sue Johnson. She leaves behind many nieces and nephews, whom she loved dearly.
Betty was predeceased by her son Gordon John Hanson in 1955, her parents Gordon and Minnie Fountain, as well as sisters Barb Gross and Rae Hunt.
A special thanks goes to Dr. Smit and the staff at Heron Grove for the years of care you gave to Mom.
A Celebration of Life will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, January 27, 2017 at Trinity United Church (3300 Alexis Park Drive, Vernon, BC). In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in Betty’s name to the N.O.N.A. Clubhouse Project at 2802 34th Street, Vernon, BC V1T 5X1. Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family at www.MyAlternatives.ca
Cremation arrangements entrusted to ALTERNATIVES FUNERAL & CREMATION SERVICES® Armstrong 250-546-7237 & Vernon 250-558-0866