Our beloved mom, grandmother, and great-grandmother left us
peacefully as the sun rose on April 23rd to join dad. Elizabeth
was born in Athabasca, Alberta to pioneer parents, David and
Dorothy Wilson, on July 12, 1914, and was the eldest of seven
children. Mom enlisted in the Canadian Army as a nurse and
was stationed in Holland during World War II. On November 22,
1945, she married Bert Stephens being the 3rd Canadian soldiers
married in Appledorn, Holland. They were married twice in
one day, one ceremony conducted by the Canadian Army and
the other hosted by the Dutch people. Mom always joked that
since she was so far away from home she wanted to make sure
it was legal.
Bert and Elizabeth lived at Larkin and were married for 49 years
and had four children: daughter Margaret (David) McGinity of
North Vancouver, Jim (Joanne) Stephens of Kamloops, Barbara
(Ken) Marcinko of Okanagan Falls , and Patsy (Don) Campbell of
Armstrong. Elizabeth and Bert had seven grandchildren, Kevin
& Madison Stephens, Mike (Angie) & Christopher Marcinko, and
Kate, Alanna & Robb Campbell. One great granddaughter, Echo
Stephens, and one soon-to-arrive Marcinko great grandchild.
Mom was predeceased by Bert on April 24, 1995. She also out
lived all of her sisters and brothers.
For the past 13 years, Mom lived at Pleasant Valley Manor and
Willowdale Home in Armstrong where the wonderful staff of
both care facilities took loving care of her.
Mom was a loving, gentle, giving and witty person who lived by
example. She enjoyed a quiet, simple life style with family being
very important. She loved her gardens, her little house,
she was a talented seamstress and enjoyed many types
of needle work. There was always extra of her
wonderful baking and cooking so “care packages”
could be taken home by visitors.
A private family service was held at St. James Anglican
Church followed by internment at the Armstrong
Cemetery on April 26th.
Arrangements in the care of
Personal Alternative Funeral Services,
Elizabeth Thornton Stephens:
July 12, 1914 – April 23, 2008