It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Elizabeth Susan Stronski, who bravely and with high-spirits lived with Dementia for over five years. Elizabeth passed peacefully in her daughter’s loving arms with her son-in-law Paul at her side.
Predeceased by her parents William and Laura (Little) Duffell. Survived by her son Darrell Southgate (Mary) Fernie, BC, son Gordon Southgate (Cherie) Cranbrook, BC, daughter Janet Downie (Brian) LeDuc AB, daughter Michele Caouette (Paul) Shawnigan Lake, BC. Grandchildren: Laura and Sherrie (Darrell), Kyle, Breanna and stepson Andrew (Gordon), Erin and Lucas (Janet) and Jordan and Jesey (Michele). Great Grandchildren Jacob and Riley (Laura), Madison and Bradey (Sherrie), Heidi, Gage and stepsons Preston and Joseph (Kyle), Morgan and Ember (Breanna) Makenna (Jordan) and Ariel (Jesey). Also survived by her brother William Duffell (Marguerite) and family.
Born and raised in Calgary Alberta, Elizabeth moved to British Columbia with her four children and raised them in Fernie, British Columbia. Our mom, moved to Invermere for a short time, while she studied at the East Kootenay Community College and received her certificate in Tourism And Hospitality Management. From there in, 1993, she moved to Victoria/Shawnigan Lake British Columbia. Elizabeth was a devout Christian and lived her life as a member of the Anglican Church. She became a layperson for the Anglican church while she lived in Fernie, BC and continued to be very involved with the church while living on Vancouver Island. Elizabeth also raised a special needs child, Justin Knipple as a foster son, from the age of Three to twenty-one. Justin was one of many special needs foster children that Elizabeth cared for and loved throughout her life until she retired. Another longterm foster child was a friend of her son Gordon’s, Robert Robertson, who came to live with her and her family after a tragic loss. Elizabeth was Recognized by the Ministry of Social Services and Housing and the British Columbia Federation of Foster Parent association, in serving the children of British Columbia since 1977 by generously offering her love, her time and her home. Elizabeth was very involved in the Girl Guides of Canada for many years which she thoroughly enjoyed and met many of her dear friends. She received multiple recognitions and awards during her time in the Girl Guides. She passed on her love of the guides to her daughters who also made life long friends.
Elizabeth lived her remaining three years at Acacia Ty Mawr, where she was known for her bright smile and beautiful blue eyes. She could always make someone smile or laugh with her mere presence or witty sense of humour, and she carried this trait through her whole life right into her years with Dementia and right to the morning of her last day on earth. Before Ty Mawr, mom lived on her daughter Michele and son-in-law Paul’s property, here in Shawnigan Lake. She loved to take walks with their dog Kacee the beagle, but also loved all the dogs and the horses on their farm. She was known to sneak kisses from the horses and dogs just so that she could spoil them all with treats. Her presence on the farm has been greatly missed, and has left a large void and sad animals. Elizabeth loved to walk and hike, especially with family in the Rocky Mountains. She was always memorized at the size of the trees wherever she may be and spoke of them in amazement of their beauty. Mom truly enjoyed the wilderness whether it be walking in it, camping in it or driving through it for hours. It really did not matter who was driving or where you were going, she just wanted to sit and enjoy the view….and always from the front seat!