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Born: Jan 26, 1926

Date of Passing: Apr 27, 2020

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January 26, 1926 - April 27, 2020

Our mother, Betty Ford, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 27, 2020, at her home in the Brightwater Senior Living of Tuxedo, Winnipeg, at the age of 94.
Predeceased by her husband Kevin in 2004 and her granddaughter Anne in 2015, Betty is survived by her four children: Madeline (Lorne Colish), Christopher (Carole Campeau), Angela (Russell Ross) and Patricia (Peter Tsekouras); 12 grandchildren: Jane, Will, Jack, Rebecca, Matthew, Kate, Michael, Leah, Anna, Jacqueline, Philip and Simon; and six great-grandchildren: Abbie, Ben, Elizabeth, Elliott, Desmond and Huxley. Also much loved and missed by Marion Lake, Ruth Biggar, Richard Finkel, Richard Moth, Carole and John Quayle, Andrew and Joan Campfield, John Kagan and Christine Newman.
Betty lived a full and eventful life. She was born and raised in Torpoint, Cornwall, England, obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Biology from the University of Manchester, and married Kevin in 1946. She taught high school science before she and Kevin started our family and immigrated to Canada in 1957. Betty and Kevin spent two years in St. John and Fredericton, New Brunswick, then settled in Winnipeg in 1959. After raising their children she completed a Bachelor's Degree in Library Science and enjoyed working for many years as a school librarian. She was an active member of the University of Manitoba Women's Club and the Opimian Society. She was a world traveller, a wine connoisseur, tolerated many sailing trips with our father, and had a keen interest in and awareness of global current events. Betty carried herself with grace and elegance. She enjoyed a daily martini before dressing up for dinner and always ended her day with the 8 o'clock evening news and the local newspaper.
We extend our deep appreciation to the doctors who cared for our mother over the past several years, most recently Dr. Loiselle, to the caring and attentive staff at the Brightwater, her home for the past two years, and to Father Gerry Ward for his comfort and support in her final months.
Private funeral arrangements by Bardal Funeral Homes.
No flowers please. Donations may be made in memory of Betty to a charity of your choice.

You will be in our hearts forever.
Rest in peace.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 02, 2020

Condolences & Memories (24 entries)

  • Dear Chris and family. Beverly and I were saddened to learn of the loss of your mother. Just know we, along with hundreds of others, have you in our thoughts and prayers. - Posted by: Eddie and Beverly Dunn (Toastmaster friends) on: May 24, 2020

  • My condolences, I am praying for you and your family. Reminiscing on happy memories is one of the best ways to cope with grief. - Posted by: Reginald Ford (Friend) on: May 11, 2020

  • Both Lesley and I extend our sincere condolences on your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Mike & Lesley - Posted by: Mike Storkey (Friend & Colleague) on: May 09, 2020

  • With great sadness we read of your Mother's passing ... please accept out deepest condolences ... may she now rest "in the land beyond the clouds" with the eternal peace she rightfully earned ... love Vanessa & Rick - Posted by: Rick Sydor & Vanessa Lindeberg (Toastmasters International) on: May 09, 2020

  • Deepest condolences to the entire family. - Posted by: Steve Bard and Zohar Zineldin (Toastmaster Friend of Chris) on: May 08, 2020

  • I am so sorry for your loss.  I hope that the love and affection of family and friends help you through these difficult times. - Posted by: Radhi Spear (Friend of Chris Ford) on: May 08, 2020

  • Please accept our deepest condolences 🙏 to the family. May Her Soul Rest In Peace. So so sorry to hear about the news. - Posted by: Ritchie Chong, Sabah, Malaysia. (Friend of Chris Ford and Carole) on: May 07, 2020

  • Extending my deepest prayers and condolences to the Ford family. A mother is a child’s greatest treasure. May the memories and love left by your mum get you through the difficult days ahead. Blessings, Deonna Moore Taylor, PDG, DTM - District 10 (Ohio - USA) - Posted by: Deonna Moore Taylor (Friend of Chris Ford) on: May 07, 2020

  • Dear Chris and Carole, please accept our deepest condolences and most profound prayers for the eternal repose of Betty's soul. While we never met Betty, we know from the son she has in Chris how good a mother she must have been in bringing you up so splendidly. We also lost mommy 13 years ago and we know just how devastating a loss of a loved one can be. Take heart in the knowledge that she is in the arms of the Lord. - Posted by: Johnny and Irene Uy (Friends of Chris) on: May 07, 2020

  • Please accept our deepest condolences at the loss of your mother. Her obituary reveals what a remarkable person she must have been... but knowing at least one of her children who is himself remarkable, we are not surprised. She must have touched many lives in positive ways and made a difference in her community. May precious memories of her assuage your grief and may the love of family and friends give you peace. - Posted by: Dilip & Sharon Abayasekara (Friends of Chris Ford) on: May 07, 2020

  • Chris, I am saddened upon hearing about your mother's passing. Of course I never had the pleasure of knowing her personally, but having known her son, I am convinced she was a wonderful person. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Randy and Kathy Prier - Posted by: Randy Prier (Toastmasters) on: May 07, 2020

  • I am so sorry for your loss. I pray that you find comfort and peace during this time and beyond. I also pray that her sweet memories will continue to bring you joy and happiness. Blessings to the Ford family and everyone else whose lives she touched and inspired. - Posted by: Don Bittick (Toastmaster Inspired by Chris Ford) on: May 07, 2020

  • Dear Chris and Family: I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers are with you and yours during this difficult time. My deepest sympathy. Mary G. Russell, DTM, PID - Posted by: Mary G. Russell (Friend of Son Chris) on: May 07, 2020

  • Very sorry to hear of your loss Chris. My condolences and sympathies to you and your family at this very sad time. May your mother Rest In Peace. Ted Corcoran - Posted by: Ted Corcoran (Friend of Chris Ford) on: May 07, 2020

  • The obituary is a testimonial to a life of fulfilment. My deepest condolences to the Ford family on their tragic loss. A mother's love is unconditional and is sorely missed when she is gone. I pray that the family finds strength to bear this irreparable loss. - Posted by: Deepak Menon (Friend of Chris Ford) on: May 06, 2020

  • I’m very sorry for your loss. Betty Ford was a close friend of my mother’s and was there throughout our lives. She was also my godmother, who in her thoughtfulness, never forgot to send me a card for my birthday. She was very elegant, classy, and yet down to earth, with a sharp mind. She always had a positive attitude and was ready to laugh at any given time. Over the last few years, when returning to Winnipeg for visits, I arranged lunches with her and my mom, which were great. She loved to talk about her grandchildren, proud of all of their accomplishments. She was a very caring person, and she’ll be missed. My deepest condolences. - Posted by: John Kagan (godson) on: May 05, 2020

  • I am so sorry to hear of this loss for the Ford family. My deepest condolences and prayers that you may find peace and joy in her memories. - Posted by: Matt Kinsey (Friend of Chris Ford) on: May 05, 2020

  • Betty & Kevin were great friends with Mom & Dad. (Irene & Joe) Betty was a classy, cheerful lady with a great sense of humour who always put her best foot forward. Mom appreciated the British connection very much. Christopher, Madeleine, Angela, Patricia, grandchildren & greatgrandchildren, we are very sorry for your loss. We will miss her. - Posted by: Ruth Kagan on behalf of the Kagan family (Family Friends) on: May 04, 2020

  • Betty was a very special lady who touched the lives of everyone she met. I feel very lucky to have met her on a few of her visits to the Isle of Man. She'll be hugely missed- a testament to her character and personality. Sending lots of love to the rest of the family xxx - Posted by: Alice Quayle, Sweden (Overseas family ) on: May 04, 2020

  • Your mother was obviously a remarkable dedicated and loving person. How wonderful that your children will have many treasured memories of her. We are sorry for your loss. - Posted by: Tom and Susan Dojack (Friends of Patricia) on: May 04, 2020

  • Very sorry to hear of the passing of Betty - it was a pleasure and a privilege to have met her on a visit to the Isle of Man. Sending our love and thoughts to all our Canadian family. Tom, Ronit and Innes x - Posted by: Tom, Ronit and Innes (Overseas Family) on: May 04, 2020

  • This is a wonderful and loving obituary that truly reflects everything that Betty was. Always chic and stylish in her appearance, she took an informed interest in all she came into contact with throughout her lifetime and related easily to all who had the good fortune to meet her. She was kind without exception. Betty had true grace throughout her long life - we will miss her. - Posted by: Carole & John Quayle, Isle of Man, UK (Aunt) on: May 03, 2020

  • My condolences to the family. I met Mrs. Ford when I was a school friend of Angela 50 years ago. I still recall her as a pleasant person who introduced me to the British tradition of having tea. - Posted by: Blaine MacKinnon (Friend) on: May 02, 2020

  • My deepest condolences to the family of Betty. She was a devoted Godmother to me and never forgot to contact me on my birthday and at Christmas, even after I left Winnipeg. As a child she was my ''Aunt Betty'' as none of my extended family were in Canada. Sadly I lost contact with her in the last few years but she was always in my heart. Betty is now at peace in Heaven though we miss her now. - Posted by: Christine Dacquay (Newman) (goddaughter) on: May 02, 2020

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