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ELIZABETH (BETTS) BLIGHT (BETTS)

Born: Feb 02, 1944

Date of Passing: Apr 11, 2019

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ELIZABETH (BETTS) BLIGHT
February 2, 1944 - April 11, 2019

After a brief battle with cancer, Elizabeth passed away unexpectedly.
Predeceased by her parents, William Clifford Blight (1994) and Elizabeth (Burt) Agnes Blight (1983); sister-in-law Donna Margaret Louise Blight; nephew David Clifford Blight; and niece-in-law Lori May Blight. Left to cherish her memories are her brother Bill Blight; nephew Stephen and his family Donna, Jordan, Jared, Brea and Riley; and nephew David's family, Marzena, Henryk, and William.
Betts was born in Toronto while her father was training bombers during the Second World War. After the war, the family settled in Regina.
Betts attended Herchmer and Benson schools in Regina. From a young age she was interested in the arts, taking ballet lessons and following in her mother's footsteps to become a meticulous craftswoman. Her interest in the arts was supported at home where her parents collected the paintings of local artists. Both in high school and university, she directed plays and took a leadership role in campus activities. A highlight of her high school years was being bridesmaid at her brother Bill's wedding.
Bett's interest in history included assisting her parents and a group of interested Regina people in excavating the remains of a lost Hudson Bay Fort near Silton, SK.
Betts was in the first graduating class that convocated at Regina Campus where her father was the Registrar. He was able to personally present her with her degree. With her undergraduate degree completed, her sense of adventure eventually took her to England where she spent a year working for the Bank of Montreal and absorbing all that Britain had to offer. She returned to Regina to complete an Honours degree, moving then to Manitoba where her brother Bill and his family had settled. She was hired as an archivist with Archives of Manitoba (1967-2009) and also worked with the Association for Manitoba Archives.
She spent lots of time with her brother's family at Falcon lake and various family vacations across Canada. She was also active with extended family activities in the Angusville and Oakville areas and did some travelling to destinations including Cuba, Jamaica, China and most of Canada.
With her red hair and height, Betts stood out in any crowd. She was always interested in the people she met along the way and she was a loyal friend to those privileged to have her in their lives.
After her retirement she continued with her passion for history, art, good food, friends, British TV shows, plates with photos and ornamental pigs.
In January she was diagnosed with cancer and moved in with Stephen, Donna and Brea. She very much enjoyed all the visits, emails and phone calls from everyone.
A service is being planned for May 4, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at the Seniors Hall, 207 - 4 Street, Oakville, MB R0H 0Y0. Family and friends are invited to attend.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Manitoba Historical Society or CancerCare Manitoba.

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 20, 2019

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  • So sorry to hear of Betts passing. Her kindness, quick wit, and ready smile always made for an enjoyable visit. She will be deeply missed by her boys, I hope Betts is dining on fabulous food as she watches over them. May she Rest In Peace. - Posted by: Elizabeth Kondratuk (Friend) on: Apr 20, 2019

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