Elizabeth (Betty) Evan Saunderson (nee McBurney)
Betty passed away peacefully at Souris Personal Care Home on Dec.10, 2016 at the age of 93. Betty was predeceased by her husband, Harvey, her brothers, Don and Jim, and her sister-in-law, Shirley.
What Betty valued most was time with her family. She leaves to cherish those memories her daughter Carol (Bill) Potter and son Brian (Kathie); grandchildren Tara (Harley) Waddell, Ryan (Allison) Potter, Colin (Melanie) Potter and Kelly Saunderson; great grandchildren Brayden and Parker Waddell and Liam and Norah Potter. She is also lovingly remembered by her brother Terry (Suzanne) McBurney and sister-in-law Jean McBurney, as well as nieces and nephews.
Betty was born to Joyce and Harriet McBurney and grew up on the family farm southeast of Hartney. Following grade 12 she went to Winnipeg to Normal School. During her years teaching and boarding in the Whitefield district she met Harvey. Following their marriage in 1945, Betty settled into life on the Saunderson family farm west of Souris and enjoyed involvement with the Whitefield-Breezelawn district and working with the Guild women. Betty took pride in homemaking and in her yard and garden. As well as being involved in her children’s activities, Betty supported and worked for her church and was also a founding member of Beta Sigma Phi in Souris. The continuing involvement and friendship with her “sorority sisters” remained a special part of her life.
Betty and Harvey enjoyed their Souris retirement years, many in their home overlooking Plum Creek. Retirement allowed time for them to be active volunteers at Hillcrest Museum and to enjoy square dancing. They spent a number of winters in Weslaco Texas where they made many new friends. Other valued times were spent closer to home in their motor home, camping in spots in Manitoba with friends, and often with grandchildren.
Betty lived with Parkinson’s disease for over 20 years. She bravely continued with her activities for as long as she could but eventually the disease robbed her of most abilities. For her last seven years Betty was a resident of Souris Personal Care Home and the family wishes to thank Dr. Cram and the staff at PCH for the care and support she received.
A memorial service was held on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at St. Paul’s United Church in Souris. If friends and family so desire donations can be made to Hillcrest Museum Souris or to the Parkinson Society Manitoba.
9 thoughts on “Saunderson, Elizabeth (Betty) Evan”
Carol, Brian and families,
So sorry to hear of the passing of your Mom. She was such a lovely lady. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult and sad time.
Donna(Kelesnik)Couvier and Dean Couvier
Brian, Kathy and family … so sorry to read of your mom’s passing. She was a lovely lady and will be surely missed. It is always difficult at this time of year, but just know you are in our thoughts and prayers. May your memories help you through this difficult time. Our regards ….. Betty and Ray Howell, Maple Ridge BC
Carol, Brian and families,
I am saddened to read this news, but I know in my heart that your mom will be at peace. I am glad I had a brief visit with her in July when I was home for Joann’s celebration of life. I have many fond memories that I will cherish.
We are so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing Carol. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
Brian Kathy and Kelly my sincere condolences in loss of Betty. she was a wonderful lady. May she rest in peace Elsie Kruk
Brian & Carol, we just wanted to let you know that we are thinking of you and your families as you deal with your loss. Your mother was a wonderful woman.
Brian and Carol and Families
We are so very sorry for the loss of your Mother. Our families sends out condolences, sincerely
Marilyn and Dave Janz and Families
Our condolences on the passing of your mother. She always knew us when we visited the home to see our dad.
Don and Calla Brown
Brian and Carol, my belated condolences on the loss of your mum,Betty. I would always see her when I when I went to visit my mum at pch. She had the most beautiful gentle nature and lovely smile. Both she and my mum are at peace now….they were the same age.