Elizabeth (Betty) Laidman

Passed peacefully on May 21st 2012, at Vernon Jubilee Hospital after a brief illness.

Predeceased by her late husband, David Laidman, loving mother of Peter Armitage (Barb) of Newfoundland, Jean Blackwell (Don) of Australia, and Julie Armitage (Vernon), grandmother of Pascal, Natalie, Meagan, Ainslie, Baptiste and Isolde, great grandmother to nine, special aunt to Leslie Chambers (Drew) and Doug Elton (Lori) and mother-in-law to Normand Belanger, loving cousin to Bob Sayce and other Welsh relatives, loving friend to so many, especially Diane Isman, and good friend to Mike Poirier.

Born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, 1928, Betty spent most of her childhood in Vancouver, B.C., where she attended University Hill School and UBC. It was while working at the UBC library in the late 1940s that she met her first husband Doug Armitage and her special sister-in-law, Jean. Her library work at the university generated a life-long interest in library science, and lead to future employment as an assistant librarian at Vernon Senior Secondary School.

In 1976 she married her beloved David Laidman, a Vernon lad she met while at UBC. Betty and Dave enthusiastically pursued many mutual interests including natural history and conservation through the North Okanagan Naturalist Club, international travel, outdoor recreation, community arts, and life on the shores of Okanagan Lake.

Betty had a wonderful sense of humour and was extremely gregarious which enabled her to build lasting friendships with many people she met during her travels. Great Britain, Mongolia, Russia, China, the Mediterranean, Australia, Newfoundland, Labrador, and Austria were some of the countries she travelled to. For many years one of her favourite destinations was the Cook Islands where she fell in love with the warm coral waters and local residents. She had first explored the Islands with David, which made them especially important. Betty last visited there in February 2012.

The whole family would like to thank Ted Jordan and Ron Long for the wonderful care they gave her over the years. Ted was more than a doctor to her; he was also a close friend, confidant and relative through marriage. The family would also like to thank Dr. Murphy and the nursing staff at ICU, 2 West and Emergency at Vernon Jubilee Hospital for their immense compassion and phenomenal care. A special thank you to Diane Isman and Mike Poirier for all their support.

You may join the family for a special celebration of Betty’s life at the Schubert Centre, on Sunday, 27 May 2012, starting at 2:00 pm. A memorial service will be followed by a reception to give thanks to Betty for all that she has given her family, friends and community over the years, and to thank everyone for their love, support and friendship.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation, 2101-32nd Street, Vernon, B.C., V1T 5L2 (http://www.vjhfoundation.org/forms/donate.aspx?RD=1), the Canadian Cancer Society, #104, 3402 – 27th Avenue, Vernon, B.C., V1T 1S1 or to a charity of your choice.

Condolences may be e-mailed to the family by way of vernonmusictherapy@telus.net or the Facebook page, “Betty Laidman Memorial Page.”

To Betty — from Peter, Jean and Julie

Good Bye dear Mom. We love you with all our hearts and we’ll miss you terribly!

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