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Elizabeth Ann Fairbrother

February 6, 1949 - May 19, 2023


It is with great sadness and a profound sense of loss that we share the passing of Elizabeth Ann Fairbrother on May 19th at the age of seventy-four. Her death was a result of complications from a short but intense battle with dementia.

As a life partner, mother, grandmother, friend, colleague, and teacher, Liz shared her joy and lived her life with energy, love, commitment, passion, and grace. Her greatest happiness and source of pride was her family – her husband Dave, her children and their partners; Kara, Michael and Naomi, and Graham and Melissa, eight grandchildren, Christina, Oliver, Sam, Thomas, Matthew, Chloe, Willow, Lily, and close cousins Vicki and Alexis and her uncle Richard.

Liz was a lifelong teacher beginning at age twenty-two and working well past retirement age to sixty-seven. Her love for her students and the great satisfaction and pride she got from her profession as an educator burned bright her whole career. She especially had a place in her heart for those children who struggled and needed more love and support to manage and learn and was a committed and forceful advocate for children with special needs.

Liz loved to camp, work in her garden, spend time with her grandchildren, read, and walk, and in an earlier life was a runner, quilter, sewer, weaver and crafter, and an avid amateur geologist. She loved her dinner glass of wine and a rich caramel macchiato. Liz’s beautiful smile, sense of fun and humour, quick wit, measured irreverence, and dedication to her family and friends was evident in everything she did. She was serious, but never took herself too seriously.

Liz hated the disease that tormented her until her passing and we know she has an incredible feeling of relief and tranquility to be finally rid of it. Instead of flowers or gifts, she would want any donations you felt appropriate to be directed to the Penticton Alzheimer’s Society in the hope that there might soon be a cure for this debilitating disease and that one day others might not have to suffer through it as she did.
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A celebration of life will be held at 2:00 pm, Sunday, July 23, 2023,  at Park Drive Church, 6570 Park Drive Oliver B.C.

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From: Pat Wessel
Relation: Worked together

When we worked together Liz’s nickname was the “Queen Bee”. Fond memories of Fairview times. Peace at last, Q.B.

From: Linda and Ken Nunweiler
Relation: acquaintance

Dear Dave and family, I was so very sorry to see that Liz passed away. Such a beautiful, lovely lady. She will be very missed by family and friends. My sympathies to you all.

From: Christine and Russell Work
Relation: I worked with Liz at school with the special needs children

Dear Dave and family,
Our thoughts and sympathies are with you and the family. It was such a pleasure to work along side Liz and I always enjoyed her delightful sense of humor and infectious smile. I first met Liz at the Spinners and weavers guild when we arrived in Oliver. She was such friendly fun person to be with. I will treasure those lovely times. As a family you have had so much to bear and our heart goes out to you. Our love Christine and Russell

From: Ralph Petreny

My deepest condolences to you and your family Dave.

From: Arnold Jerome Albo
Relation: friend

Dave and family, We were saddened and shocked to learn of the passing of Liz. The few years we worked together at T.E.N. I recall with fondness. She loved her vocation and worked hard to make her impact on kids. May the strength and love of family and friends sustain you in these sorrowful times. Jerry and Sandra Albo

From: Karen Fleming
Relation: friend

Hello Dave and family, we are thinking of you all and the loss of Liz- wife, mother and grandmother. We hope that some peace with come in time, and that all the good memories and stories will bring comfort. You are in our thoughts and prayers, Denis and Karen Fleming and families.

From: Susan Moreira
Relation: Friend

My condolences to you and your family Dave. 💔

From: jean tarr
Relation: a fellow teacher

Dave and family: The news of Liz’s passing brought back a flood of memories from our days teaching together at Colwood School. From the day she began teaching, it was obvious she was a great teacher with a genuine fondness for her students. And they loved her in return.
In a rather grim teaching environment, Liz brought a ray of light. She and I passed notes back and forth complaining about the principal and making jokes about life in general.
One special memory that Rob related to our children occurred when Liz and I received an invitation to the Roman meal served by Rob’s grade 7 class. Green peas were on the menu, and Liz threw the first one at me. The green pea “toss” was on, and I think we left a huge mess for Rob to clean up. Years later, Rob and I met a student from that class who still remembered what fun we had. That was Liz.
She worked very hard, but never forgot to laugh. I will always think of her that way.
Take care, Dave. Stay safe and healthy.
Jean Tarr

From: Susan COLLIS
Relation: Friend, former colleague

Dave and family,
My sincere condolences to you and your family. Terry and I remember Liz as a wonderful, soft spoken person, who was a joy to all. Terry spoke highly of working with Liz, loving her advocacy for kids with special needs. She was a champion for all children and their families.
I hope you can find solace in your beautiful memories.

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Service Schedule

  Celebration of Life

Date & Time:
July 23, 2023
Beginning at 2:00pm

Park Drive Church
6540 Park Drive
Oliver, BC Canada V0H1T4

6540 Park Drive
Oliver, BC Canada V0H1T4

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