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ELIZABETH SUSAN SNEESBY

Born: Sep 10, 1930

Date of Passing: Jun 28, 2015

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ELIZABETH SUSAN SNEESBY (nee VATCHER) Elizabeth Susan Sneesby (nee Vatcher) passed away on Sunday, June 28, 2015 at the Neepawa Hospital. Elizabeth was born September 10, 1930 at Plumas, Manitoba, the younger daughter of James William and Elizabeth Myrtle Vatcher (nee McKay). With her parents, sister Edythe, and brothers, Howard and Les, she moved to Woodside in 1932. She attended Woodside schools for grades 1-10, taking grades 9 and 10 by correspondence. She continued her education at Canadian Union College in Alberta, and Daniel McIntyre Collegiate Institute and Manitoba Normal School in Winnipeg. Elizabeth's teaching career included the rural schools of Mount Calm and Palestine before coming to teach at Neepawa. Elizabeth married Argyle Sneesby on August 24, 1955, in the Neepawa United Church. She taught at West Park School (later named Hazel M. Kellington School) for 32 years. During her teaching years, she spent time working with the Curriculum Branch and the Canadian Red Cross. She cherished the years with her students and the Eager Beavers Junior Red Cross. In 1987, she received the Red Cross Distinguished Service Award. In 1990, Argyle persuaded Elizabeth to start their business, "Herbs for Health", and they worked together, trying to help people and making friends from near and far. They enjoyed many business trips to various parts of North America. It became a very important part of Elizabeth's life, especially after Argyle passed away in 2004. Elizabeth was predeceased by Argyle, her loving husband and best friend; parents, James and Myrtle Vatcher; sister Edythe White; brothers, Howard Vatcher and Les Vatcher; Uncle Leonard and Aunt Gean Vatcher in PEI; sister-in-law Norma Vatcher, as well as other relatives and friends. She is survived by her "special family", Kerilyn and Kirk Pitaoulis of Terrace, BC, Janine and Kirt MacLean, and Yvonne and John Bamlett of Calgary; brother-in-law William White of Abbottsford, BC; niece Bernice (Keith) Leavitt of Lacombe, AB; nephews, Ray (Marilyn) Vatcher of Ladysmith, BC, Dayle (Linda) White of Victoria, BC and Ken (Ronda) White of Lillooet, BC and their families, extended family and many friends. Elizabeth enjoyed her "memory" trips to the country and quiet times in nature. She loved animals, especially dogs. Most of all, she treasured her many trips to Prince Edward Island. On her first trip to her "Island Home", she thrilled at climbing to the top of her Grandpa Vatcher's two lighthouses. She and Argyle spent many happy summers there enjoying family, friends and golfing on the beautiful P.E.I. golf courses. Interment took place at Riverside Cemetery, Neepawa on Monday, July 6. The memorial service followed at the Neepawa United Church with Lynne Sanderson, DLM officiating. If friends so desire, donations in memory of Elizabeth may be made to the Neepawa District Memorial Hospital, P.O. Box 1240, Neepawa, Manitoba R0J 1H0 or to the Westman Dreams for Kids, 37 11th Street, Brandon, Manitoba R7A 4J2. Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com Arrangements with Memories Chapel, Brandon, 1-855-727-0330

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 11, 2015

Condolences & Memories (1 entries)

  • Elizabeth was a very dear friend. My other "mother". She was my grade 6 teacher, my neighbor and a big part of my families life. We enjoyed many pots of tea together and thought of ourselves more as family than just friends. The girls were always welcomed with open arms and the special grapefruit drink she made for them. Every occasion was celebrated with the famous chocolate cake and caramel icing that Bessie always made for us. When we moved away from Neepawa to Calgary we stayed in touch by phone, mail and many visits. She traveled to Invermere, BC to give the toast to the bride to Kerilyn, and to Las Vegas on her 75th birthday to be with us for Janine's wedding. We were so proud of her traveling on her own! Her cards and letters written in her perfect script, arrived frequently, were always signed - "I love you and I miss you". The same still applies. We love her and we miss her. Rest in peace dear Elizabeth. Love always, your special famiy. - Posted by: Yvonne (Dear Friend) on: Jul 28, 2015

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