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Born: Jun 30, 1952

Date of Passing: Jul 28, 2021

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June 30, 1952 - July 28, 2021

While holding hands with her two daughters, Betty danced into heaven on July 28, 2021, after her battle with cancer at Riverview Centre.
Betty was predeceased by the parents she loved so much, Anne (De Bates) and Michael Van Walleghem. She is survived by her two daughters, three stepchildren and 16 grandchildren: daughter Elana (Tino Sacino) and children, Luca and Isabella; daughter Ivory (Dave Neal) and children, Michael, George and Anne; stepson Brian (Tammy) Seol and children, Brian Jr. (Sara), Carsen, Rowen and Evelyn; stepson Eric (Sunny) Seol, and children, Alex, Natalie and Sophie; stepdaughter Laura Bache and children, Shane (Vanessa) Donovan, Ally (Bryce Dickard) Donovan, Melyssa Donovan and Oliver; and great-grandchild Roman Donovan. Betty is also survived by her older brothers, Wayne (Leonne) and Bob (Betty), and was a very proud aunt to her six nephews, nieces, and their children.
Betty loved the sun and sun tanning, so she moved to California when she was 18 years old. She worked in catering and after moving back to Winnipeg in 1985; she managed many restaurants and night clubs before working for the welfare department, from which she retired. Betty was an avid Blue Bomber fan and rarely missed a game in person or on TV. She loved music and dancing so the Folk Fest became home for her and her daughters for over 30 years working at the Fabulous Fruitshake stand.
Betty loved her family and friends more than anything and took any chance to keep in touch with them all over Manitoba, Nova Scotia, California and Indiana. Nothing made her happier than having her family all together, especially at family reunions. She was an amazing grandmother and her grandkids loved when she came to visit. We will all miss her sense of humour, Chinese salad, spinach dip, and pickle juice in everything she made at family gatherings. Betty (Boop) could not wait to get to heaven to see her parents and dance the night away with Wendy while making friends with Leonard Cohen, Roy Orbison and Van Morrison.
Special thanks to the palliative doctors and nurses, especially her nurse Alex at the Grace Hospital and Dr. Bruce Martin (palliative care) who really were a light and went way above and beyond to make this journey more pleasant for our mom.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Siloam Mission, 300 Princess Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3B 1M3, 204.956.4673
A funeral service celebrating Betty's life will be held on Wednesday, August 11, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. in St. Ignatius Church, 255 Stafford St. The family requests that all attendees wear a mask.

We will always love and miss you.
Rest in peace.

Family invite friends to sign the online book of condolences at

E.J. Coutu & Co. Funeral Directors

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 07, 2021

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • Missing Betty who was a wonderful friend through the years. We worked together in San Diego where we were both transplants with young families and lots of stories to share. Condolences to Lana, Ivory, and their families. - Posted by: Patti (Friend) on: May 02, 2022

  • Hi Elana. We haven’t spoken in forever but I distinctly remember your love for your mom. Take care during this time, - Posted by: Joseph Langan (Family friend) on: Aug 08, 2021

  • I recall Betty-Anne saw me playing in our band at River Heights Community Club in 1967 and her best friend who I went to school with introduced us. We were 15. It was teenage love for about 2 years.... then friend-love for many decades....although our paths were far apart. Later in life I would see her when I was back in Winnipeg. Me still playing guitar and singing away, both loving the music. She loved Brown Eyed Girl. I still play it in a band in Victoria.....I hope she's listening. Gerry Fox - Posted by: Gerry Fox (Very old friend) on: Aug 08, 2021

  • My sincere condolences to Betty Ann's family and friends. I met Betty Ann as a teenager at Nutimik Lake in the Whiteshell while she was visiting my friends, her cousins, the VandeVyvere's. We envied her because she could keep the mosquitoes off with her long hair by simply turning her head. I also worked at Federal Grain with Betty Ann a few years later. We had some good times together. Betty Ann was a lot of fun and had a great spirit. I'm very sorry for your loss. - Posted by: Colleen (Whibley) McEwan (Friend from the 60s & early 70s) on: Aug 07, 2021

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