Betty Eileen Motherwell

October 12, 1925 – August 13, 2019
Beloved mother Betty passed away at rest August 13 2019. Betty lived the last 9 years well cared for in a care home in Agassiz close to her daughter Lark. Betty was born in Port Alberni to homesteading parents who had immigrated from Yugoslavia & Germany. Her father logged their street in Port Alberni for future homes. As a young woman her adventurous spirit was nurtured when she joined her father & brother hunting. She remained an avid outdoors woman to became a devoted naturalist & accomplished horse woman. She was a woman with endurance & drive that sustained her as she worked at the plywood plant in Port Alberni to earn her tuition. She met my father Andy at UBC in the agricultural program. In 1952 she & Andy moved to Quesnel from Vancouver Island when Andy followed a job to drive logging truck for Joe Garner. She worked in the office at Patchett sawmill & continued to utilize her bookkeeping $ accounting skills working as a legal secretary & volunteering for several horse clubs. Betty & Andy divorced & she & her brother built her house in Bouchie Lake where she continued to raise Tennessee Walking Horses & enjoy the outdoors. Her contributions to Quesnel as a naturalist were recognized when she was awarded 1994 citizen of the year. Survived by her daughter Lark & son in law Rick Wittig
Graveside service to be held Friday, October 4, 2019 at 1 pm Greenwood Cemetery 5360 Josephine St. Port Alberni Reception to follow Chapel of Memories 4005 6th.Ave, Port Alberni.


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