January 5, 1924 – January 16, 2014
Betty Jane (BJ) Margaret Warner (nee Matheson) passed away peacefully in Comox on January 16th, having recently celebrated her 90th birthday. She will be deeply missed by her loving family, cherished friends, and all the many people whose lives she touched on her life’s journey. BJ is predeceased by her husband Bill, brother Jack, sister Claudia, parents Violet and Robert Matheson, and son-in-law Chris. She is survived by daughters Nancy (Roman), Leslie (Bruce), Alison, and son Ken, as well as grandchildren Nick (Alyson), Jordan, Heather (Chris), Marlee, and Ross. BJ is also survived by sisters-in –law, Mary Smith and Betty Matheson, numerous nieces and nephews and their families, all of whom she considered very special.
Born and raised in Vancouver, Mom lived in her beloved city up until age 89, when she pulled up stakes and moved to Comox on Vancouver Island to be closer to family. A graduate of UBC, where she met Dad, Mom was always active in her community and she made a substantial impact through her widespread volunteerism and generous nature. Truly a kind and caring individual, she also had a fun-loving zest for life and wicked sense of humour enjoyed by all who were privileged to know her. An engaging conversationalist and avid reader, Mom was always interested in current events and curious about other people’s lives. Throughout her life, her warmth endeared her and she made friends of all ages easily. Artistic by nature, Mom was at times a painter, poet, and theatre-goer and was known for her fashion sense and eye for quality. She was a treat to have as a grandmother and shared her time freely, creating wonderful memories. She was indeed a positive influence and guiding light in both her children’s and grandchildren’s lives. We are strengthened by her spirit which lives on.
Special thanks go out to the medical community in Comox, Vancouver, and Victoria who assisted Mom and our family, especially Dr. Alison Stocks of Comox for her attentive care. Also, the family wish to thank Mom’s new friends at Berwick Residence in Comox and the Berwick staff for their support, kindness, and compassion.
A private celebration to honour BJ will be held in the spring. In lieu of flowers, please donate, if you wish, to either the Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC, First United Church in Vancouver (Downtown Eastside Program), the Canadian Mental Health Association (Vernon Branch), or the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada.