Elizabeth (Betty) Mary (Osmond) Waite
December 26, 1918 – February 12, 2014
After a long and happy life full of adventure,Betty has left us to look after things ourselves.She passed peacefully on the morning of February 12th with her son Allan at her side.
Betty was born in Innisfail Alberta to Pitner and Mary Osmond. Betty tragically lost both of her parents to illness before the age of ten
and was separated from her younger sister Eleanor for the remainder of her upbringing as they were raised by different relatives.
At the age of 17 she lied about her age in order to get into nursing school in Panoka Alberta. She was trained as a Psychiatric Nurse and worked in various locations throughout
BC including Vernon Jubilee and Riverview Hospitals.
Betty met and married Glen Thorpe in Vernon BC prior to his
deployment overseas where he was killed during WWII. In 1946
she married Jack Hunt with whom she raised two sons (Allan and
Norman). During their years in Vernon they owned a small farm and operated a butcher shop. In 1964 Betty and Jack moved to Coquitlam where they both retired from their respective careers.
Retirement eventually found them living on Salt Spring Island for 10
years followed by their move to Chilliwack in 1986. Betty and Jack
adored their grandchildren and spent much of their time visiting and supporting their various activities and adventures. Jack predeceased Betty in 1990.
Though they were mostly raised apart, Betty maintained a close relationship with her sister Eleanor Dungate and her family until her passing in 2001. She often spoke of how much she missed her sister in recent years.
In 1993 Betty married Al Waite, whose family had been friends for many, many years. Together they embarked on many cross country adventures in their trailer, cruised to too many ports of call to mention and made many friends throughout the world.
In 2009, Betty received the surprise of her life when her first born son (whom she had given up for adoption at the age of 21) found her family in Chilliwack and wanted to meet. Since then Betty has been blessed to get to know Bill and some of his family and even made a trip to Alberta in 2012 to visit his family in his home town.
As time took its toll on Betty and Al’s health, they found that their needs were better met in assisted living. They were always supported by Betty’s son Allan and family who lived locally. Sadly, in 2011 Al passed after a lengthy illness. The Waite family would continue to love, support and treat Betty as one of their own.
Shortly after Al’s passing, Betty continued her adventure by moving in with her Granddaughter Kristen and her husband Chad. Together they had many special times, shared much laughter and had the opportunity to grow closer. Betty loved “her” cat Molly who she was always giving treats to and Sammy (the German Shepherd) who came along on all adventures in the car and who went to bed with her every night.
Betty is survived by her three sons; Bill (Lorna) Stutchbury of Barrhead AB; Allan (Sonja) Hunt of Chilliwack and Norman (Marilyn) Hunt of Aldergrove; Granddaughters Kristen (Chad) MacPherson of Chilliwack and Lisa (Matt) Tatarniuk and Grandson
Danny Hunt of Langley; Great Grandson AJ Raposo of Portugal and Great Granddaughters Caetlynn and Sidney of Langley; Nieces Sandra (Tim) Mah and Kathleen (Warren) Wilson, both of Kamloops.
She is remembered by Al’s family, daughters Myra Merkal (Steve), Sylvia Sax (Bo), sons Carter Waite (Fiona) and Roger Waite (Kim) and their families.
Granny is missed greatly by pets Sammy, Molly and Maggie too.
Betty was predeceased by her Granddaughter Jody Stutchbury.
Many thanks to the staff at Cascade Lodge (especially Theresa,
Heidi, Kelsey, Gary, Nasar, Nicole, Maria and Katherine) who made
Betty’s time with them as comfortable as possible.
A celebration of Life will be held on April 25th at 2pm, Cooke’s
Prebyterian Church in Chilliwack. In lieu of fl owers donations may
be made to the BC Lions Society for Children with Disabilities.