Elizabeth CLIBURN

Elizabeth CLIBURN

CLIBURN (Amor) Elizabeth L. nee Wallace

It is with deep sadness and a great sense of loss that we announce the death of Betty Cliburn on January 21. Born in North Vancouver in 1916, she lived her long life in the Lower Mainland, seeing a world of changes over the years. Her father was engineer on the North Vancouver ferries for 20 years before the Lions Gate Bridge was constructed. From her childhood Betty (often called Cushie) devoted herself to her family and friends, always striving for harmony and cooperation. During the thirties she worked at a variety of short-term jobs, showing her practicality, common sense and independence of mind; during the war she worked at Boeing where her talent for dealing with people was quickly recognized and she was appointed women’s counsellor. She married Fred Amor in 1944 and over the next 25 years they raised their family in the White Rock area. Many will remember her as the Watkins lady who served the entire region throughout the 1960s. Widowed in 1972 she worked for a time in the post office, then as an aide in Berkeley Hospital for 10 years. After retiring she married Bob Cliburn, and they travelled widely until his death in 1988. Returning to White Rock, Betty enjoyed a second retirement of gardening and keeping up with old friends. Betty was predeceased by her brothers Billy, Hugh and Donald, her son Fred, and daughter-in-law Janice. She is survived by her sister Rita, sister-in-law Betty, sons Norman (Jirina), John and Lorne, daughter-in-law Nancy and stepgrandsons John and Duncan, Jeremy and Bradley, granddaughter Katrina, and many nieces and nephews and their families. We shall all miss Betty terribly. Special thanks to the staff and her friends at Weatherby 2 who attended her so well over the past years. No service by request, and no flowers, please. Contributions to the Parkinson’s Society will be appreciated.


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