BELANGER, Ethel May
Today, May 29, 2012, a most beautiful soul left us. Mom, Nan, Great Nan, our rock, the foundation of our family died peacefully at Hospice House with family by her side.
Ethel now gets to hang out with the love of her life Bernie (2003), son Bernie Jr. (1985) and grandson Greg (2008). Left to carry on her legacy of strong morals and rock solid values are her two sons and their families; Al (Pat) in Calgary, Al’s daughters; Pam (Jim) and Cheryl (Kelly), Lee (Francine) in Armstrong, their sons; Taylor (Kerry) and his daughter Gwen, Darcy (Alena)and Mia, and Michael (Chelsey); Bernie Jr’s kids and their families; Brian (Leanne) Brylee and Levon, Garrett (Tanya)and Nolan, Nicole, Greg’s wife Marilyn and their kids Jacqueline, Jeanette and Derek. She will also be greatly missed by her brothers and sisters, nieces, nephews and so very many friends.
Born in Vermilion, AB. Ethel moved to Vancouver as a young teen, met Bernie and started their life’s journey together. Their adventures led them to numerous places at the coast and on the Island during and after the war. Many life long bonds were formed from the years they lived in Seattle and Fort Langley. After a few years in Keremeos, they moved to Armstrong in 2001 when Bernie's health started failing. Ethel cared for Bernie till his final day, all the time forging new friendships she deeply honoured. She cherished the time spent with friends at the Legion. The luncheons and their many other functions were times she eagerly looked forward to.
Not one to shy away from controversy and always up for a challenge Ethel spoke her mind openly and had the utmost respect for those who did the same. Ethel loved playing in the dirt and grew the best flowers and veggies that she generously shared with many. So very kind and caring she was always making sure others had what they needed and volunteered her time anywhere she could help lighten the load. Being busy kept her young and healthy “ no sense sitting around wastin’ away, may as well keep busy and make a difference”.
There will be a ‘get together’ at the Armstrong Legion on Saturday, June 23, 2012, at 11:00 am to honour Ethel.
A Service will be held at the coast at a later date.
As Ethel lived her life giving to many different charities, we would like to ask anyone able to do so, please make a contribution to North Okanagan Hospice Society (3506 27 Avenue, Vernon, BC V1T 1S4, www.nohs.ca) or any charity of your choice.
Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family at www.MyAlternatives.ca.
Cremation arrangements entrusted to
ALTERNATIVES FUNERAL & CREMATION SERVICES