Betty Hughes

Betty passed away peacefully at Cowichan District Hospital on Sunday, January 10, 2016, with her family by her side.

Betty was born in Cairo, Egypt, on July 17, 1924, where her father was serving with the British Army and she celebrated her first birthday in India. In 1926 her father retired and the family returned to Scotland. In 1928 the family moved south to London where they lived and also encountered some very hard times during World War II. In September 1948 she immigrated to Ottawa, Ontario, and worked for the Federal Government until May 1953 when she married her husband Russell. In 1966, Russell, Betty, and their two young sons left Montreal (where Russell was last stationed in the Army) and the family headed west to Duncan where they lived for two years. In the summer of 1968 the family settled in Youbou and Russell worked at the Youbou Sawmill until his retirement. Betty’s beautiful flower garden was a joy to her, as were the treasured memories of the many road trips she and Russell enjoyed on their travels throughout Canada and the United States.

Betty was a loving Wife, Mom and Gramma and will be dearly missed by her family. Predeceased by her loving husband Russell in 2007, Betty is survived by her two sons, Jeff (Suellen) and Wayne (Jennifer), her four cherished grandchildren Jeremy, Trevor (Emma), Kevin and Holly (Richard) as well as nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family wishes to thank the many nurses and doctors at Cowichan District Hospital and the staff at Cairnsmore where Mom spent her last few months.

By request there will be no service. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations in memory of Betty be made to the Youbou Community Church Society (10648 Youbou Road, Youbou, BC, V0R 3E1) to assist with the ongoing renovations to the Youbou Community Church.


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