With a heavy heart we announce the passing of Elizabeth Winter, known as Betty.  She left us June 18, 2022, at the age of 89, peacefully slipping away.

Born January 5, 1933 in Victoria, BC, she lived in the Victoria BC area most of her life.

She is survived by her loving family, son David (Linda), daughter Kathleen Wallace, Grandchildren Jeremy (Tracie) Wallace, Darren (Andrea) Wallace, Andrew (Mary Ann) Winter, Kimberlee (Steven) Johns, Tami (Todd) Austin, Chris Corrigall, Lisa (Debbie) Crane, Great grandchildren, Abigail and Mya Winter, Rachel Wallace, Alana and Charlotte Wallace, Eleanor Johns, Marketta (Avery) Rankin, Brayden Austin, Kayden Corrigall and Coen Beland and Great Great Grandson Bowen Rankin.  She is predeceased by her husband Arthur (2001) and Son Wayne (1996).  She leaves many friends and extended family.

Betty married Art in 1950, and she lived in Leechtown as a young bride for 5 years, moving to Metchosin then to Glen Lake where she lived for over 50 years raising her family. With her husband, Art, they ran Happy Valley Freight until 1972.

She loved to travel and was very fond of cruising, especially with Holland America, to the Mediterranean, Caribbean, Hawaii, Alaska and Mexico, including a cruise aboard the Cunard Line, Queen Elizabeth 2. She also travelled to many countries in Europe, US, Mexico and to Ghana, West Africa to visit her son David in 1986. She also enjoyed gambling, slots mainly, with numerous trips to Reno, Las Vegas and Laughlin, and more recently to the local casino in Victoria.

Betty was a singer and entertainer from an early age singing on the radio as a young girl.  In her younger years, she took parts in many musicals for the Victoria Operatic Society and entertained for 5 years at Butchart Gardens.  She entertained on her own for many years, and then as part of musical groups entertaining throughout Victoria.  She was a member of the Eastern Star organization providing music and leadership for many years.

The family would like to give special thanks to the Dr. Katharine McKeen and all the staff at The Heights at Mt. View for all their wonderful care and attention.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Parkinson Canada or charity of your choice.

A funeral service was held in the Sequoia Centre, at McCall Gardens, 4665 Falaise Drive, Victoria, B.C., on Friday, June 24th, 2022, at 1:00 pm, followed by burial at Hatley Memorial Park with reception at McCall Gardens.

For those unable to attend in person, you are invited to attend virtually, via zoom, by clicking the following link.

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/84537809482?pwd=bXA0MVRzVmFobEJoMkgzZjRqR1VLdz09

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  • Paulette Willett

    Our families extend their condolences to Betty’s family on the passing of their mother. Betty was our neighbour and friend for most of our lives. Betty was one of our mother’s dearest friends. She was very much involved with our lives hosting bridal and baby showers and celebrating our special accomplishments.
    The Parsons and Willett families.

  • Bee vrskovy

    Steve and I know Betty from The Order of the Eastern Star. She had a wonderful and moving singing voice and sang at many meetings to everyone’s delight. She was also an amazing comic actress, our Chapter put on many evening entertainments and she could have us roaring with laughter at the funny skits she would perform in.
    We have many memories of our wonderful Betty. She will be a happy and lasting memory to many people.
    Steve and Bee Vrskovy

  • George Razzo

    On behalf of my brothers and myself we would like to offer our condolences
    I have known Betty Winters all my life, She was a a life long friend of my mother (Betty Razzo) , they 1st met while they both lived in Leechtown in the late forty’s to the early fifty’s where Betty’s husband Art run a freight business, they lived up on Wolf Creek, and my parents lived downtown Leechtown. My family had moved into Victoria before I was born. They both ended up in the Western communities years later (Langford and Colwood) I still remember Happy Valley Freight and the gas station at the corner of Sooke and Jacklin Roads. I went to school with Wayne, I remember a lot of summer days swimming at Glen Lake, just a short walk from the family home But as time passed we lost touch, I also remember Betty’s mother, (but I do not know how to spell her name Mrs. Ron-all-dee) she always reminded of Julie Child my mother and I would visit her in Victoria at the corner of Hillside and Douglas (the Scott Block) Her place always smelled so good, and she always had some great treats for us
    I remember going to Butchart Gardens, to hear Betty sing, she had a wonderful voice The last time I talked to Betty was when our mother passed
    Sorry for your loss and thank you for bringing back so many good memories

  • Faith

    Truly sending my condolences to the family
    She was an anchor her time and I sure a person everyone enjoyed

  • rick cameron

    So very, very sorry to hear of Aunty Betty’s passing. She has been awesome lady all her life and an inspiration to lots of younger people. She will be missed..

  • Jim Cameron

    On behalf of Sylvia Cameron and the Cameron family we extend our sincere condolences and heartfelt sympathy to all the Winter and extended families. Our families have been close since our fathers went to school together and then worked together at Happy Valley Freight. May you now Rest in Peace Betty.

  • lorna clark

    Kathy. My thoughts are with you and your family at this time. I so enjoyed and remember all the Christmas singing afternoons and Bake Exchanges with your mom at the piano at her home. May the hugs of your grandchildren and the strength of your boys carry you through
    at this difficult time. Your sister in Sorority Lorna Clark

  • Keith Kohut

    Very sorry to hear of her passing. I am glad that she has such a large family to honour her memory and celebrate her life.

  • Roger Strange

    Betty was a wonderful lady (with a capital L) whom I had the priviledge of knowing for a number of years. I shall miss her, her stories, and her wonderful sense of humour. My sincere condolences to Betty’s family.

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