March 20, 1929 – November 25, 2019
Heaven has received another angel, Elizabeth Rose Wilson Watt, passed away at Polson Extended in Vernon, surrounded by her family on November 25, 2019. Betty was born March 25, 1929 in Vernon to Thomas and Edith (Kneller)Aitken. Raised in Falkland, oldest daughter of five girls, Betty realized she was born to teach. After graduation, she began teaching Grades one to eight in a one room school in Paxton Valley. She attended Vancouver Normal School and later University of Victoria. Betty taught all grades, enjoying Grades one through three the most. She taught through out the valley – Kamloops, Walhachin, Falkland, Armstrong, Summerland, Penticton and Vernon.
On August 5, 1963 Betty married Jack Watt, they relocated to Vernon where she retired after 18 wonderful years at B.X. School. Betty made lifelong relationships with many teachers and students through her travels. Betty’s favourite interests included her grandchildren, camping, gardening, reading, brain games, visiting friends and music. Bet will be remembered by her “giggle laugh” , warm smile and her sunshine disposition.
She is survived by daughter, Heather (Vern) Hornell, grandchildren: Andrew, Craig and Laureen Hornell, sisters: Olive Swift(Vernon) and Esther McRae(Seattle); numerous nieces and nephews and friends. Betty is predeceased by her husband Jack, sisters Doreen Aitken and Margaret Birnie.
The family extends its heartfelt thanks to the fantastic staff at Polson extended care for the friendly and compassionate care that Betty received there during the past 5+ years. Family and friends will gather in the springtime to remember Betty and share stories and memories. In Lieu of flowers please donate to the Alzheimer’s society.
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