Rahel (Rachel) Elzer

We regret to announce the passing of Rahel (Rachel) Elzer on Saturday August 16th, 2014 at the age of 97 years.

Rachel (Engel) Elzer was born on September 9th, 1916 in Stornoway, Saskatchewan where she was brought up and worked on the family farm until she moved to British Columbia in her twenties. She married Henry Elzer and they resided for many years in North Burnaby living on a small orchard at the foot of Burnaby Mountain. In the late 1970’s Rachel and Henry retired to the Vernon – Lumby area where they enjoyed outdoor pursuits and small-scale farming. Henry passed away in 1989. Rachel was known for her loving independence and became well known to many downtown Vernon shopkeepers as a staunch supporter of all things local. A Lutheran, avid gardener and nature enthusiast, she was an inspiration for healthy natural living, and she provided a certain spiritual wisdom that encouraged an agape approach to life as well as a tireless advocacy towards creating a better world that includes everyone. She spent the last years of her life in good health and in the company of her family at the family farm called the Wildcraft Forest, east of Lumby.

Rachel is survived by her loving family, including her son Don Elzer, her grandson Khanigan Dantart-Elzer and her adopted grandson Antoine Torossian. She is also survived by numerous other family members including many nieces and nephews.

Rachel passed away peacefully in her sleep at home. She was deeply loved, she will be missed, but we know she will always be with us.

Memorial Service will be held Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the Pleasant Valley Funeral Chapel in Vernon, BC. An afternoon gathering to remember Rachel will also be held beginning at 2:00 p.m. at the Wildcraft Forest 10 km east of Lumby on Highway 6. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Canadian Wildlife Federation or the charity of your choice.

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