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Born: Apr 09, 1931

Date of Passing: Jul 22, 2015

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ELIZABETH (BETTY ANN) CALDWELL April 9, 1931 - July 22, 2015 Surrounded with love of family and friends, Betty Ann Caldwell died serenely on July 22, 2015 at Grace Hospital in Winnipeg. Betty Ann is survived by and will live on in the hearts of her eldest brother Elwood Caldwell (Flossie) and younger sister Phyllis Leslie; as well as by her goddaughter Shaunna Morgan Siegers (Don) and her 'grandson' James. She is also survived by Helen and Bob Orr, Agnes and Clive Morgan, John and Naomi McLeod, Bev and Karen Ridd, and many cherished nieces, nephews, other extended family and friends. She was predeceased by her father Charlie; mother Marion; brother-in-law Bob Leslie, and in March 2015 by her elder brother Keith Caldwell. Betty Ann was born in Dauphin, MB and raised in Gilbert Plains. She remembered her childhood as a wondrous time, filled with family, community, church, education, sports and music. Throughout her life, summers were spent at the family place at Clear Lake in Riding Mountain National Park, where she worked at the golf course clubhouse in her teenage years. Betty Ann graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and Education (1953) before returning to Gilbert Plains to teach science at Brickburn High School, and then in Souris High School for two years. While in university she was chosen by Crossroads Africa to participate in a summer work project in Nigeria. Following her tenure in Souris, Betty Ann furthered her studies at the United Church Training School in Toronto. Upon her return to Manitoba, Betty Ann gained employment as a guidance counsellor with the Department of Indian Affairs in Portage la Prairie and Winnipeg. While furthering her education later in life she was awarded a gold medal for highest standing in education (1966). Upon post graduate work in library sciences, she ended her education career as a teacher librarian at R.B. Russell Vocational School in Winnipeg. Betty Ann was an adventurer. She especially loved hiking, biking, canoeing, and cross-country, downhill and telemark skiing. She travelled the world and thrilled in trips to many remote reaches of Canada. She was a charter member of the Grey Hares and enjoyed their activities. Betty Ann loved books, learning and was an accomplished musician and clown. Her love of the outdoors was rooted in her summers spent at Clear Lake where she was an integral part of the community since the 1930s, and she continued to venture to the family cabins until last year. She also made lasting contributions to her community through teaching, photography, music, speaking and volunteer work, touching many lives. We remember and rejoice in Betty Ann's long life, filled with love and pride in family and friends. Betty Ann's family and friends extend their gratitude to nurses, aides and doctors on the 5th Floor North of Grace Hospital for their skill, dedication and compassion. More thanks go to every one of the wonderful and caring staff at Sturgeon Creek 1 Retirement Residence. There will be a memorial service held at Sturgeon Creek United Church, 207 Thompson Drive at 2:00 p.m., Friday, August 7, 2015. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Plan International Canada or the United Church of Canada two charities Betty Ann supported faithfully.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 01, 2015

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • We send our condolences to Betty Ann's family as well as to her brother, Keith Caldwell's, families. We last visited with Betty Ann at the cottage at Clear Lake before we returned to Uganda, East Africa, where we live full time. She was always interested in our orphanage project Eagles Wings Children's Village through our newsletters. We appreciated her keen interest in our area of Africa as well as the work at the orphanage. - Posted by: Blll & Ann Peckham (Family Friends) on: Aug 02, 2015

  • Thanks to Betty Ann for her many years of conscientious and caring service to the young people at R. B. Russell Vocational School in the library program there. We always appreciated her commentary on those programs. Her photographic skills will be remembered by many of her teacher-librarian colleagues in Winnipeg School Division. Condolences to the family. Since I am away travelling I will not be able to attend the memorial. Love to all. Gerald R. Brown, Chief Librarian (Retired) WSD - Posted by: Gerald R. Brown (Work colleague) on: Jul 28, 2015

  • Long time friend of family. Taught with Betty Ann and her Mother at Gilbert Plains. They visited us often on the farm. Keith and family and Betty Ann called on us when they came to G. P. We spent time with her at her cottage in Clear Lake. We will miss her. - Posted by: wRon and Jean Hamilton (friend) on: Jul 28, 2015

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