Elizabeth Thornton Stephens

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,

Armstrong, 546-7237.

Elizabeth Thornton Stephens:

July 12, 1914 – April 23, 2008