Elizabeth “Betty” Jean Burke, nee McKay, of Armstrong, passed away Wednesday,
December 20, 2006, at Vernon Jubilee Hospital, after many years of declining health. During Betty’s brief time at Vernon Jubilee Hospital she was continuously
comforted and cared for by family and friends.
Betty’s celebration of life service was held on December 23, 2006 at Zion United Church in Armstrong. The service was officiated by Rev. Lorraine Powell and Rev. Ted Roworth. The service was a reflection of Betty’s life, which included a slide show of treasured pictures with family and friends. Christmas was a very special time of the year for Betty and the choir accompanied the slide show by singing Christmas carols.
She was born in Redcliff, Alberta on November 17, 1933. She was born to loving parents Kenneth and Gladys (McKinley) McKay. Her family
moved to Armstrong where Betty attended “The Brick” Elementary School and later the Armstrong High School. Betty loved to share with people that Armstrong was her home. She graduated from The Royal Inland Hospital School of Nursing in September, 1955. Betty retired from nursing earlier than she would have liked, due to serious health problems. Those that worked with her remained supportive and caring friends. She fondly spoke of dinners out with the nurses.
Betty loved to travel with friends and enjoyed being able to share her adventures. She loved to knit and sew. Her family and friends treasured these gifts from her, as each one was made with love and chosen to reflect the individual. Betty endured many years of declining health and often passed the time by reading, doing jigsaw and word puzzles, and always enjoyed watching the variety of sports on T.V. – especially the
Blue Jays. Betty loved to garden, especially with flowers, and this past summer she enjoyed her beautiful gardens planted by a dear friend.
Betty was also proudly known as Mom and Gram. Her family was her world. We will treasure forever the times and memories we have had with her.
She was predeceased by her parents, stepmother Olive McKay and niece Debbie Woods. She is survived by loving daughters and their families: Maureen, Duncan, Trinity, Sharlene MacDonald and Audri Botrakoff; Heather, Ian, Amanda and Jeffrey Topham; brother Fred (Joan) McKay; stepbrothers Tom (Noreen) Nash, Doug (Joanne) Nash and stepsister Arlene Wyenberg; many nieces, nephews and dear friends, Penny Taylor, Val Johnstone, Leah Chanter and especially life-long friend Joan Block.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Betty’s memory to the Kidney Foundation or to the Memorial Fund at Zion Church, Armstrong.Arrangements
entrusted to Personal Alternative Funeral Services, Armstrong, 546-7237.