June 1, 1922 – September 14, 2015
Surrounded by love, lifted in prayer, and after a full life, Sue died peacefully at West Coast General
Hospital, Port Alberni, BC, on September 14, 2015.
We were blessed to have our mom for 93
years and she will be forever loved and remembered by the three generations of her family, her children, Lynn Burnip (Rick), Leslie Reid (Tom,
deceased), Doug Watson (Kim), and Gayle
Hesse (Jim); her grandchildren, Meegan (Jay),Aaron (Tanya), Mike (Teresa), Bryan, Jamey (Keely),Ryan, Brea (Mike), Jason, and Matthew; and her great-grandchildren, Kyla, Zachary, Haley, Willa, Troy, Cody, Adam, Sara, and Magdalene.
Sue is predeceased by her husband, George Bernard Watson; her parents, Elizabeth Ellen and George Augustus Bellamy; and her brothers, George (Ethel), Tom (Gen), and John
(Betty), and sisters, Lucy (Roley), Nell (Gordon), and Ede (Tom).
Sue was the youngest in her family; born and raised in Port Alberni. During the war years, mom met her future husband, George, married him in 1943, and accompanied Dad to PEI where he was stationed. After the war, they lived in Vancouver for a short time, then
returned to Port Alberni to raise their children, develop a family business, and become a part of the community.
Mom had a great love of the Alberni Valley, and was very active in preserving the history of the local area through the Port Alberni Historical Society and the Port Alberni Archives.
Mom was a life-long and active member of her church, supporting and participating
in many activities and prayer groups. Through the years, mom volunteered for the Girl Guides, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Cancer Society, the Hard of Hearing Association, the Sea Cadets, and many other organizations.
Mom met the challenges of her life with good humour, always thankful for her
blessings, and not dwelling on her difficulties. She was generous of spirit and always considered the needs of others before herself. Mom was a loving, devoted, and proud mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who was keenly interested in, and encouraging of, her family’s interests and achievements.
Mom was an integral part of her large extended family, and her home was filled with countless mementoes and photographs of special family occasions. Auntie Sue will be greatly missed and lovingly remembered by her nieces and nephews.
We would like to express our thanks to the staff at Heritage Place, who looked after her with great care during her last years.
We hope you will be able to join us as we honour our mom with a Celebration Service at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 26, 2015, at Jericho Road Church, 5100 Tebo Ave, Port Alberni.
A reception will follow the service.
Flowers are gratefully declined. Because of mom’s support for mission and ministry, donations may be made to Jericho Road Church, 5100 Tebo Ave, Port Alberni, BC, V9Y 5Y6 or to The Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Memories and condolences can be shared with the family at www.chapelofmemories.ca