It is with great sadness that the family of Bette Holliday (Gram/Little Grandma/Baby Nana) announces her sudden passing on March 25, 2019, in her 74th year.
Bette is predeceased by her parents Allan (Pal) & Audrey Alford, her in-laws Ivan & Ruth Holliday, her husband Gary Holliday, and her brother Allan Alford. Left to mourn her passing are her daughters Amber, Erica, Robyn (Rene) Ouellette and Amanda (Kelvin) Reimer, son-in-law Kent Hurst (Tess), and her beloved grandchildren Emily, Joseph, Ryley, Diego, Aliyah, and Garrett. Also left to cherish her memory are her sister Jayne (Conrado) Alford, her aunt and “partner in crime” Joan Hebert as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins, and close friends.
Bette was born and raised on the family farm south of Oakville, Manitoba. After graduating high school, she went on to attend Teacher's College in Winnipeg. After short teaching stints at Crane River and Curtis Ridge schools, she married Gary and settled on the Holliday farm north of Oakville. It is here that they raised their girls and spent many evenings playing cards with their close knit group of friends. As her children grew, Bette rejoined the workforce as a bus driver, substitute teacher, driver's ed coach, and youth care worker, touching lives wherever she went.
Over the years Gary and Bette enjoyed summers at the lake and countless hours at the curling rink in the winter. In later years, they golfed endlessly, travelled most winters, and enjoyed watching their family grow and thrive. In her late forties, Bette discovered a love for art and spent the remainder of her years sharing her talent with others. She was quite proud of the fact her original artwork hangs in homes across Canada and beyond. Most recently she continued to share her love of art either by mentoring other artists or helping her grandchildren create around her kitchen table. She will be fondly remembered for her quick wit and artist's eye.
A celebration of life will be held at the Oakville Community Hall on April 3, 2019 at 2 pm, following a private internment. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Oakville School Library, the Oakville Curling Club, or the Portage & District Art Centre.