December 14, 1921 – October 8, 2012
Beloved Mom, Grandma, Great-Grandma and Aunt, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, after a hard-fought battle with cancer.
Predeceased by the love of her life, Wally, in 1991. Lovingly remembered and cherished by her daughter Laura (Michael) Ives and sons Michael (Diana) Silberhorn and Wally (Gail) Silberhorn; her grandchildren Amanda (Glen) Doherty and Michelle (Moe) Vale, Wendy Silberhorn, Joshua and Rebecca Silberhorn; her great-grandchildren Jacob and Kylee Doherty, Chelsea and Cameron Vale, and Emily Silberhorn, as well as countless extended family members and friends.
Born and raised in the United States, Betty traveled extensively as a child and eventually settled with her parents and siblings in San Diego, California. There, she would meet her soul mate Wally; they married in 1943 and raised their family in the city. In 1965 the couple, with daughter Laura, moved to Sooke, BC and in 1990, followed Laura and her family to Campbell River, BC where they would both spend the remainder of their lives.
had an amazing zest for life and was always ready for a new adventure. She loved to travel and experienced many parts of the world in recent years. Her wicked sense of humour tell-it-like-it-is attitude often left us in stitches with laughter; one never knew what was going to come out of her mouth. An avid reader, she shared her love of books with her family, and ‘Betty’s library’ was always open to us. Her family meant everything to her and her favourite times were those spent with us, whether it be sitting among her flowers, picnicking at a campsite or playing make-believe with Jacob and Kylee. She touched the life of each and every person she came in contact with, with many of them telling us, “There is no one quite like Betty; she is such a special lady.”
The family would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Patrick Rowe and the Homecare Nurses (especially Barb and Marlene) for their exceptional care of Betty and support of the family.
There will be no service by request. An open house celebration of life will take place Saturday, October 27th from 11am-3pm at Laura and Michael’s home: 3958 S. Island Hwy, Campbell River, with a private family gathering and burial to take place in Sooke at a later date.
If so desired, donations may be made to the Campbell River Hospital Foundation, BC Children’s Hospital or other children’s charity of your choice.