Elizabeth Battye (born Elizabeth Rogan, March 5th, 1933) took her final journey on Monday, October 14th. She will be so dearly missed by us children, her grand children, great grand children, and the countless friends she has garnered throughout her lifetime.
Betty, as our mom was known by almost everyone, had a zest for life that would be almost unachievable for many. Shortly after moving to Blyth in 1967, she single-handedly raised seven children while teaching at the public school one block from our home. Mom was well loved by all her students through her 28 years as a teacher. As one of the most popular teachers, she loved seeing her students experience the outdoors with hikes, outdoor classes and numerous other outings. Evening gymnastics took up her extra time for students and adults alike. Mom was an avid outdoors woman with a drive for adventure. She walked, biked, climbed and explored the many regions of our province. In particular, after obtaining her first car and drivers licence at age 61, our mom found a new freedom and introduced a whole new generation to the beauty of Killarney Park. As a director there, mom helped to get camp sites cleaned and ready in the Spring, planted several hundred trees, held guided tours, participated in the loon count every June and the butterfly count each August. There was not an inch of that park that our mom did not explore.
Her green thumb helped to create a beautiful English garden in the backyard of our family home as well as keep the horticultural park looking spectacular. She loved walking the Greenway Trail in Blyth either alone or with anyone who could keep up to her brisk pace and was well known for stopping to chat with those she would meet along the way. Mom never followed, she was always right out front. She did this on every trail in nature and in life. She was an extraordinary human being who taught us all that life truly is precious and that no moment should ever be wasted. She espoused the values of family, friendship and generosity. Mom was not one to follow the crowd. She always took notice of the path, stopping frequently along the way and taking the time to examine anything new. Her patience helped her to find and experience those special treasures in life that pass most people by.
Our mom has left us now, to embark on a new path. The many memories and experiences she has left us with will help to guide us as we continue on our own journeys.
As per Betty’s wishes cremation has taken place. A private celebration will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers or cards of sympathy donations to the Friends of Killarney Park would be appreciated.
Condolences may be left at riversidefuneralhome.ca