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Betty Vezina

VEZINA, Betty - On March 28, 2019, an extraordinary life ended with the passing of Betty Vezina at Maison McCulloch Hospice in Sudbury. As the cellist played her favourite song, ‘Danny Boy’, Mom took her last breath and was at peace. Born Elizabeth Anne Daniel on October 25, 1927, this remarkable woman shared her talents and abilities with her family, friends, co-workers and strangers without hesitation. Mother to Cecile (Bill Turnbull), Paulette Corrente D.2009, Peter D.2007 (Paulette Vezina D.2006), Annette (Joe Store), Lorene (Jim Hill) and Michal Vezina (Brian Jarrett D.2015), Mom always said that she felt like a millionaire, six times over. Delighted to be the Grandmother of Jennifer (Len Wells), Barbara, Jason (Chantal Vezina), Natasha (André Lacasse), Stephanie (Kevin), Melanie, Vincent (Melissa Corrente), Anthony, Emily (Elton Correia), Patrick (Kristy Corrente) and Adam (Chantelle Store). Even prouder Great Grandmother (GGMaMa) to Amanda, Bradley, Brittany, Matthew, Tanner, Leo, Colby, Jesse, Sally, William, Tiago, Charlotte, Audrey, Madison, Zoey, Elizabeth and …… Betty is survived by her older brother Phillip Daniel, who called her “Spaghetti” throughout their lives. She also wanted to remember her grand-dog Sam (Sambo) who was her faithful companion over this last year, and during her time at the hospice. She is pre-deceased by her parents, Charles Leo and Bridget Daniel, sisters Kathleen and Rita, brother Leo, sisters-in-law Diane, Margaret and Stella, brothers-in-law John, Armand and Raymond, nieces Joanne and Charlene and husband J. Rene Vezina. Recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Club of Sudbury (in 2001) for exemplifying “Service Above Self”, she set a standard of volunteerism rarely seen in a mother of six with full-time employment outside the home. Since joining the CWL in 1951, Betty helped establish the Post Office Heritage Club in 1981, was a Legion (Associate and LA member) for 25 years, served as President of the Eaton Court Tenants’ Association for 17 years, sold tickets at the North Bay Carousel for a decade, served as a member of FSNA in North Bay and Sudbury, prepared income taxes for seniors, and worked at blood drives with the Red Cross. A master ticket seller, there were few at Legion events who could say no to her brand of Irish charm. A talented seamstress, Betty made everything from wedding and party dresses to Halloween costumes and car seat covers. If it could be sewn, she could make it. A voracious knitter, everyone in the family was blessed with at least one pair of homemade socks. When not volunteering, knitting or sewing, Betty made ceramics and crafted quilts. Despite a busy schedule, Betty found time to attend school plays, concerts and activity days of both children and grandchildren, and take line dancing lessons in her sixties. Still excited about new ventures, she started taking Chair Yoga and painting classes in her late 80’s. Her sense of humour was legendary allowing us to laugh through our tears remembering the treasure trove of funny stories, jokes and ditties that were her gift to us. She even taught the nursing team at the hospice some of her favourite songs. It’s difficult to lose this larger-than-life personality. However, a recent quote by former President George W.H. Bush at the funeral of Senator John McCain seems appropriate for Betty as well: "Some lives are so vivid; it is difficult to imagine them ended. Some voices are so vibrant; it is hard to think of them stilled.” Although we have lost Betty’s physical presence, we will always have her legacy of love and generosity of spirit to guide us. We are so very grateful for the overwhelming kindness of everyone at Maison McCulloch Hospice where we found a home-away-from home during a difficult time. In keeping with Mom’s wishes, we would ask that donations be made to www.maisonsudburyhospice.org in honour of Betty’s Day. We invite everyone to a Celebration Mass which will be held on June 7 at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Redeemer Church on Bancroft Drive in Sudbury.13333971
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Dear Michel and family
Posted by Dianna Quesnellee (Co worker of Michel) On Monday, April 15, 2019
So sorry to hear of your Mother passing. My sympathies to you during this difficult time
Always in our hearts
Posted by Adrienne Lemieux (Legionnaire Friend) On Saturday, April 13, 2019
Betty and I shared the same birthday. On October 25, 2017, the year she turned 90 and I turned 65, we shared a glass of wine at the "table of knowledge" at Legion Branch 76. I so enjoyed her wit and sense of humor. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to sit and listen to her share stories of her family, her carrier and her memories of Pugwash Nova Scotia. She was an extraordinary lady indeed. I will miss her. Rest in Peace my friend.

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