Betty Pace July 6, 1921 - April 20, 2008 Elisabeth Deans Pace (nee Waugh) peacefully slipped away after a valiant fight against Leukemia, on Sunday, April 20, 2008, at Victoria Hospital, London. Loving wife of the late Dr. W. E. Pace. RN Winnipeg Class of '45, Mother of 6, Genealogist, Abstract Artist and fascinating friend to many. Betty lived her 86 years of life on this earth to the fullest with spirit, fire and great style and will live forever in the hearts of her children, grandchildren and great grandson: Anne and Harry Walker of Burlington with children Jennifer and husband Steven Smith (and young son William), Lindsay and David; Captain John and Sheilagh Pace of Richmond, BC with children Jessica and Kaitlin; Dr. Ron and Ellen Pace of Waterloo with children Michael and Alison; Mary (Pace) and Roy French of Toronto with son Alex (Pace) and daughters Jennifer and Katie; Allan Pace and Lin Ward of Orangeville with son Taylor; and Carla Louise Pace of Vancouver. Cherished sister of the late Richard Waugh and his wife Pat, cousin to Alex Waugh and his partner Jerry Dee, and Pat (Waugh) Etter of Arizona, and much loved Aunt to her many Waugh nieces and nephews. Born in Antwerp, Belgium, Betty moved with her family back to Winnipeg where her forefathers pioneered the Red River Settlement. It was there that Betty graduated as an R.N. and where she met and married the love of her life, Bill Pace. They settled in London, Ontario and enjoyed the summers in Muskoka, autumn canoe trips in Algonquin Park, and their beloved Lake Kawagama camp. Together they founded a family of nature-lovers, bird watchers, driftwood walkers, amateur biologists, paddlers and all with just a touch of Betty's unique perspective on the natural world. Throughout her life Betty steeped herself in the history and mystique of her pioneering past and, thanks to her love of genealogy, all of her children shared in the dramatic stories of their collective past through the Waugh/Mowat line. Betty was the consummate letter writer and her distinctive cursive handwriting on weekly letters will be missed by many. Always creative, a true turning point for Betty was attending H. B. Beal art classes and becoming part of a devoted group of art aficionados. The creative freedom of abstraction in watercolour, oils and acrylic was perfect for expressing her passionate spirit. She loved colour and her many works showed off her bold dramatic flair. She approached her art as she did her life, with great zest and energy, and right to the end rose to the challenge of one last small canvas with her signature theme, a graceful swan. Betty's passionate temperament fueled her vibrant art, her approach to gardening, baking and cooking, and also her fierce love and concern for her husband, family, friends and neighbours. She had her own sense of style, whether in the kitchen, the garden or at a party, loved hats and fine shoes, and spread a lifetime of joy with her beautiful smile. Friends may call on Friday, April 25 from 7-9 p.m. at the James A. Harris Funeral Home, 220 St. James Street at Richmond, London, where the funeral service will be conducted on Saturday, April 26, at 2 p.m.
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