Elizabeth (Betty) P. Newman died peacefully on August 15, 2007 at the La Verendrye Hospital, Fort Frances, Ont. with her family at her bedside. Betty was 82 years of age.
She was born on June 4, 1925 to Robert (Doc) and Gladys Tett and was raised in rural Saskatchewan. Upon completion of her secondary education she enrolled in college at Saskatoon where she obtained her teaching certificate. Betty taught at a number of small, one room school houses in the Saskatoon district.
She married Kenneth H. Newman on December 28, 1946 and they set up home in Saskatoon. They raised four children and Betty was a stay-at-home mom until 1961 when she returned to the classroom. She then juggled her teaching career with homemaking.
In 1963 the family moved from Saskatchewan to Fort Frances. Betty returned to teaching and taught Grade 1 at St. Francis School for the next 21 years. She was also actively involved in the community and was a member of a number of service organizations.
She was a regular member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Br. #29, and as an auxiliary member where she was decorated with the Meritorious Service Award. She was also an active member of St. John’s Anglican Church and of the Church Guild.
Betty received the Degree of Chivalry from the Red Wing Rebekah Lodge and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee medal from the Government of Canada.
She was also an active member of the Hospital Auxiliary, the Rainycrest Ladies Auxiliary, the Humanitarian Services Board, the Retired Teachers of Ontario and the Ontario Elementary Catholic Teachers Association. Most recently she was a member of a group of friends, lovingly known as the Gambling Grannies.
Betty endured numerous bouts with cancer. She survived cancer three times between 1960 and 2005. She campaigned for many causes over the years but the Canadian Cancer Society and Tamarack House were always ones that were very close to her heart.
Elizabeth is survived by her eldest son, Rod, and his children, Brent and Joanne. Her oldest daughter, Jan Adams, her husband Terry and their children Rich and Rob, and selected granddaughters, Taylor and Telly.
Also surviving is her second son, Jim and his wife, Penny as well as their children Erin and Heather, Erin’s husband Gilbert Saquet, and their daughter, Maddy, whom was Betty’s little GG. Betty’s youngest child, Joyce Byrnes, her husband, Tom, and their two children, Melissa and Dustin.
Betty is also survived by one brother-in-law, Jack Newman, and numerous sisters-in-la,w Catherine Tett, Shirley Newman, Judith Newman, Joan Zavitz and Daphne Smee, as well as many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, her husband, her brother, Harold Tett, her father-in-law and mother-in-law, as well as brother-in-law, Bernard Newman and sister-in-law, Doris Butler.
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday August 21, 2007 at 10:30 a.m. at St. John’s Anglican Church in Fort Frances, Ont. with Father Wayne McIntosh officiating. Interment will be in Riverview Cemetery, Fort Frances, Ont.
If desired memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Tamarack House. Online condolences may be left at www.northridgefuneralhome.com