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Betty Word

August 7, 1921 - December 25, 2009


Betty Jean Word

August 7, 1921 – December 25, 2009

Betty and France Word always said “it isn’t enough to attend church and a Bible study – you need to know Jesus personally.” Betty kept these values and her life was one of service. A talented piano player and musician, she always was there to help.
Her husband, France, often said she was “little but mighty” and it would be better to let her have her way and not to argue with her. Her family have seen this trait as a strength throughout the years. She truly was the wife and mother of Proverbs 31. In 1963, France semi-retired from a busy surgical practice because of health reasons. They moved to a cattle ranch in the Cariboo, where France could also practice medicine in nearby Quesnel. Betty willingly made the transition from comfort and status in West Vancouver to life in a log house on the ranch Here she would be out in sub zero weather delivering new calves or busy feeding a haying crew in the summer. Always the lady, she wore a dress even doing ranch work!
Eventually, France retired and sold the ranch. He and Betty moved to a lovely apartment near Stanley Park, overlooking English Bay. God led them into Full Gospel Business Men International and for five years were in full time ministry. With her husband, and later on her own, Betty went on air lifts with this organization, spreading the love of God abroad. Her gentle grace was so accepted in any nation and any language. She reached out to people.
Betty loved to travel, and after her husband passed away in 1984, she was a woman who seemed to want to see as much of the world as she could. She even lived in France for six weeks with her French class, speaking only French. A few years later, it was Mexico, practicing Spanish with host families. When not travelling, she played in a harmonica band at the West Vancouver Seniors Centre, went on hikes, squared danced, and generally kept very active.
She was a lady with a purpose and the family would say that in order to see Mom, you needed to make an appointment. Yet when needed by family, she would be there to assist. She looked forward to her visits with son John in Vernon, and daughter Susan’s family in Atlanta, GA. She enjoyed driving vacations with Betty-Jo and Steve.
Sadly, her children watched this wonderful vibrant woman succumb to Alzheimers Disease, and Betty-Jo brought her to Oliver to receive care during her final years. Yet Betty continued to rely on her Christian faith to sustain her – the faith that enabled her family to communicate with her in those anxious moments. A prayer, a song or a soft touch would always quiet her down.
Betty’s life was full for over 80 years and many have been blessed by her testimony, her service and her prayers. Betty-Jo, Susan and John honor her legacy she has left, and rejoice that she is now reunited with her beloved France.


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From: Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service Staff

Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

From: Carolynn Kelly
Relation: Just a friend

Sorry to hear the passing of your Mum, Betty Jo.She indeed went to sing with angels on Christmas Day Love Carolynn xx

From: Betty Downing
Relation: aquaintance from FBC Vancouver

Fond remembrances of both your Mom and Dad at church, your Mom always elegant and warm. Will always remember how they appreciated the music and made sure we knew they did. Betty

From: Don and Joyce Low
Relation: Old Friends

It was a great privilege to know Betty. She was a beautiful and gracious lady, and we had many times of fellowship and travel together in our mutual activities with Full Gospel Businessmen. How appropriate that your Dad passed away at Easter and your Mom at Christmas. We treasure memories of her. Don and Joyce

From: Daryle and Hope Taylor
Relation: knew her daughter, Betty-Jo

Betty-Jo and Steve, Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Love, Hope and Daryle

From: Linda Zlotnik
Relation: Friend from First Baptist Vancouver

What wonderful lives both your parents had! I am so glad I knew them. I smile to remember the last time I saw Mrs. Word. She called from Park Royal Towers she had books to donate to the church library but would I hurry please because she was off to a harmonica or square dance rehearsal. What a woman! Love to each of you from Linda Zlotnik

From: Elaine Cummings
Relation: Friends

To Betty-Jo, Susan and John,
With loving sympathy and very fond memories of each of you but especially at this sad time I am remembering Betty and I must at the same time think of France because you can’t think of one without the other.
You have a strong and faithful heritage, you were loved and you made her so proud of her three dear children and of all your families. I loved her originality, her enthusiasm and her ability to express her ideas which so quickly became achievements. I remember happy times shared in the First Baptist Couples Club, one party in particular, a fun time Halloween party with France and Betty as hosts at your old home in West Vancouver. (First prize went to the couple in caveman costumes.) So my dears, a much loved lady has passed on and I want to send to all of you, her beloved family, my deepest sympathy. She was a lady of deep faith and I feel sure she will be enjoying the reunion with the Christ she loved and those she loved and lost awhile. Bless you all and much love, Elaine Cummings

From: Don Steinbart
Relation: West Van neighbour

Hi Betty-Jo, Susan and John. I was saddened to hear of your Mom’s passing. It is a hard time for the families but you will always have the memories to cherish. From my own experiences you will discover that the strangest things will trigger a delightful memory from years gone by, and bring a smile to your heart. We are probably 47 years after the fact but I still remember your Mom driving the blue jeep over the old Alexandra Bridge in the Fraser Canyon, and complaining about other drivers being afraid to get close to the edge of the narrow road (I don’t blame them), the Gooks and Zettriches(sp),haying, birthing calves, the swayback horse, Marten, new born kittens in the wood pile, root beer,and taking a young horse to the Flying U Ranch. Betty-Jo, it was nice to meet you again in Osoyoos and strange that we met through my daughter, Andrea. Thanks for the memories, they are all good. Happy New Year to you all. Don

From: Janet McMichael
Relation: Through daughter and son-in-law

Betty-Jo and Steve:
I was sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. From the messages I have read she was a great lady. Now you two are the older generation and will have to take over where your Mom left off.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

From: Wes & Hermalee Churchwell
Relation: Wife of Hermalee's second cousin

Living so far from Oklahoma, and after Buddy’s health declined, we didn’t see Betty. But daughter Betty & husband Steve are wonderful cousins whose visits we enjoy. Thru Betty Jo, we have admired her wonderful devotion to God and her personal ministry. She is now pain free and in her everlasting home with Jesus and God. May her family be comforted by this knowledge. Love & hugs Wes & Hermalee

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Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
December 29, 2009
Beginning at 2:00pm

Oliver Alliance Church
36853 - 99th Street
Oliver, BC Canada V0H 1T0

A memorial celebration of life service will be held at 2:00 P.M. Tuesday December 29, 2009 at the Oliver Alliance Church followed by a reception at the church reception hall. Urn interment and committal will be held at a later date at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Burnaby, BC.

36853 - 99th Street
Oliver, BC Canada V0H 1T0

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