Betty MacDermid

Betty MacDermid

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our mother, grandmother and great-grandmother Betty Ella MacDermid of Castlegar, B.C. on October 16th at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital, Trail, BC.

Betty was born on September 1, 1929 in Swan River, Manitoba. Her and her family later moved to Kelowna, BC where she went to school and worked as a fruit packer and then a telephone operator. She met John Erwin MacDermid and were married in 1947 and later moved to Rossland, BC. They moved to Fruitvale and after losing John in Sept 2003. She stayed in her house until 2004 and then moved to her final home at Castlewood in Castlegar, BC.

Mom spent her time crocheting, knitting and enjoyed singing and writing music. She would pull out the guitar or accordion and sing many songs with family and friends. She had an outstanding sense of humor as she had a joke to tell or played practical jokes on everybody.

She is survived by her children Erwin (Bev), Denise (Darlene), Stuart (Laurisa) and Derek (Linda) along with grandchildren and great- grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband John MacDermid in 2003, her brother Reg McKinnis and parents John and Eva McKinnis.

At mom’s request, a private ceremony was held at the Fruitvale Memorial Cemetery on Friday, October 21, 2011 where she was laid to rest with her loving husband of 55 years.

Sarah Greenwood of the Castlegar Funeral Chapel was entrusted with arrangements.


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