Elizabeth Marion (Betty) was born Feb 28th, 1939 to Cairne and Olive Church, a younger sister to her brother Bernard. The family lived in the Cherry Ridge and Elkhorn districts before moving to Nipawin. Betty took her high school in Nipawin and later moved to Saskatoon to take a hairdressing course. It was here that she met her future husband, John Sahli. John and Betty were married on August 19th, 1958. They were blessed with three children, Debbie, Don and Rod.Many family trips were made up to Lower Fishing Lake and Candle Lake in the early years. They resided in Saskatoon until 1968, when John took a position with the Department of Highways in Swift Current. Betty began her retail career here, where she was employed by Woolworth’s. With the call of the north and being so far away from family, it was a happy decision to move in the fall of 1972. John joined a partnership for an IH dealership and the family moved to Nipawin. Once back in Nipawin, many camping trips were enjoyed and shared with friends and family. They also travelled to Spain, Hawaii, the Caribbean and various US cities with The IH dealership.
Betty was glad to be back in her home town, and closer to her Mom. They shared many quality family times together. Betty started working for Evelyn Richardson in 1973. She continued to work on and off at Richardson’s for nearly 40 years. She was proud to have won two Rotary Courtesy Clerk awards while employed there, in 1978 and 2008. After John passed away in 2003, she continued to work, as she enjoyed her work and had made many lasting friendships with her fellow co-workers. She ended her career working part time and officially retired at 76 years old! She always enjoyed a good phone call to catch up with everyone. Her latest enjoyment was her tablet. It kept her up to date on what was happening with family and friends!
Betty enjoyed many hobbies including gardening, knitting, and reading; often having 2 or 3 books on the go at once. She enjoyed the simple things in life as well, such as a country drive, feeding the birds, listening to music, and a good puzzle. She was an avid sports fan and especially enjoyed watching the Blue Jays. She also loved to watch curling, and had her favorites that she cheered on, but she sure would let you know who she wasn’t cheering for! She also enjoyed bowling, while her back permitted her to. As her children and grandchildren were growing up she followed them around to various rinks to watch hockey and ringette, and various other activities they participated in. She still had a large album of newspaper clippings of tournaments won, accomplishments, etc. She was recently looking forward to watching her great grandsons play ball and soccer this Spring, as well as the arrival of a new great grandchild in June.
Mom was always willing to lend a hand. Whether it was helping a friend, driving grandkids to activities, or steaming clothes at the golf course, you could count on her. Unfortunately, in recent years she has suffered with back pain, which limited some of the activities she once enjoyed. However, she made a point of having beautiful flowers and took pride in the garden around her apartment. She enjoyed socializing with her Princeton Apartment neighbours, who became dear friends.
Mom suffered a heart attack, and sadly passed away peacefully on April 27th, with family by her side.
Betty was pre-deceased by her husband John, father Cairne, mother Olive (Alex Bell), brother Bernard, and grandson Addison. She leaves to treasure her memory: her daughter Debbie (Larry) Arnst and family; Jenn (Devin) Agur (Sawyer and Finn), Krysta (Kurtis) Shemrock (Clara), sons Don (Michele) Sahli and family; Taylor (Jolyn), Rylan (Danielle) and Rod Sahli (Tanisha and Olivia), as well as many relatives and dear friends.
Mom we shall miss you, but you'll always be near. In our thoughts, in our hearts, we have you right here.