Mary Elizabeth (Betty) Sahaydak (nee Hyde Webber), age 93, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 in Vernon, BC. Betty was predeceased by her husband Jack, and is survived by her daughter Wendy Sahaydak, her son Greg Sahaydak (Judy), and her grandchildren, Sarah Hunt, Lindsay Sahaydak and Tammy Uzelman, all of whom she loved so much.
Born in Toronto on February 7th, 1922, Betty spent her youth in Vancouver, BC. She graduated from The School of Nursing at Vancouver General Hospital in 1946 as a registered nurse and had a long career in nursing, continuing her work as a volunteer at the Vernon Jubilee Hospital. Betty married her sweetheart Jack in 1946, upon his return from overseas at the end of WWII. They raised their family in North Bend, BC, where they had some of their most enjoyable years together among the close CPR (Canadian Pacific Railway) community. They moved back to Vancouver in 1962 then lived their retirement years in Vernon. Betty built a strong community of friends in Vernon, where she enjoying swimming, singing in a choir, and appreciating live music at the Vernon Jazz Club. Betty and Jack had a long connection to the Vernon/Armstrong area, as Jack had basic military training there and Betty’s grandfather, A.W. Hunter, was a prominent farmer in the area. His original farm house still stands in Armstrong today. Betty was a classically trained pianist but loved all types of music, from folk to jazz. She particularly enjoyed seeing young people play live. Betty will be remembered for her warm-heartedness, sharp intellect, good humor and strength of spirit by all who knew her.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 1 pm on September 12, 2015, at Pleasant Valley Funeral Home, 4303 Pleasant Valley Road, Vernon, BC. Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations to the North Okanagan Hospice Society, 3506 – 27 Avenue, Vernon BC V1T 1S4, would be appreciated.
The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Orchard Valley and the Gateby Care Facility, Vernon, BC, for the loving care provided for Betty. We would also like to thank special caregivers, Terrie, Wanda, Carolyn, Rachelle and Dr. Dyck.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Vernon Funeral Home, Phone: 250 542 0155. Condolences may be offered at www.vernonfuneralhome.com