Elizabeth BRANDSON

BRANDSON, Elizabeth Priscilla. Elizabeth, known as Bessie growing up, was born March 15th, 1910 at Brookdale, Manitoba and passed away in the morning of December 6th, 2011 at her residence at Peace Portal Lodge. She was the eldest child of Joseph Hamilton Layng and Margaret Alice Layng (nee Gowan). The family farmed in Brookdale and then moved to the Winnipeg area. Bessie studied at Wesley College where her dream was to be in theatre. Alas, she settled for her second choice, to be a school teacher. She married Sigurdur (Sam) Jon Brandson in 1935 and carried on her life teaching, homemaking and farming. Bessie was a clever parent who led by example and quietly set the stage for her children to succeed. In 1952, Sam and Bessie moved to Surrey, BC and later to White Rock where sadly, Sam passed away in 1975. Elizabeth, who was later known as Beth, participated in lawn bowling and alley bowling. She also contributed greatly to her community. She sang with the Kent Street choir and was awarded a lifetime membership with the White Rock Hospital Auxiliary for many years of service. She enjoyed many travels in Canada, USA, Iceland and England. She lived independently until almost the age of 98. Elizabeth was predeceased by her brothers Clarence, Bill and Elmer, her sister Margaret and her grand daughter Linda. She is survived by sisters-in-law Doris and Gwen and her brother-in-law Harold Wyatt. She is survived by her sons Keith, Kenneth, Larry and Harvey, their partners Marlene, Nicole, Karen and Winnifer and by many grand children and great grand children.

Elizabeth was buried December 8, 2011 at Valley View Memorial Gardens with a graveside ceremony attended by family and friends. Her life’s work has been well done. May she rest in peace.

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