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Elizabeth (Betty) Margaret Giesbrecht

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Betty was born to pioneer Sumas Prairie farmers. After high school, Betty spent a year studying at MB Bible Institute before enrolling in Home Economics at University of B.C. Following her teacher training, she enjoyed a productive career. She and her husband David took on several overseas assignments, including teaching in Nigeria and Jamaica. However, most of her professional work was invested at Abbotsford Junior Secondary School. Betty was a community-minded person who enjoyed taking on volunteer assignments that included the Bakerview Church library, chairing the B.C. chapter of the Church and Synagogue Library Association and the Abbotsford Parkinson’s Support Group, as well as involvement in refugee sponsorships through her church. After her children left home to pursue their own careers, there was rarely a time when she did not welcome foreign students or friends needing a place to stay. Betty was known for her warm hospitality, resulting in many rich conversations with friends over an evening meal. Since settling in Abbotsford in 1974, she enjoyed participation in small home groups and a readers group. She loved flowers, especially dahlias and orchids, which were perpetually on display in her home. After a long struggle with Parkinson’s Disease, Betty passed away peacefully, forever freed of the symptoms which had robbed her of independence, but not of her gentle personality.

  • Birth: May 30, 1939
  • Birthplace:
    Sumas Prairie, B.C.
  • Death: July 12, 2022
  • Parents:
    Henry & Tina Dahl
  • Married:
    David Giesbrecht
  • Family:
    David; children Clarence, Karen; granddaughters Elli, Belle
  • Church:
    Clearbrook, Abbotsford, B.C.