January 31, 1936 – August 24, 2020
It is with loving memory that we announce the passing of Betty Lucille Penner (Wiebe). Betty was born January 31,1936 in Regina, Saskatchewan and passed away August 24, 2020 at Chilliwack General Hospital.
Betty’s parents Abram and Anna Wiebe, migrated with their families to Saskatchewan from Russia and after marrying settled on a farm in Bournemouth. Betty lived her first four years there until the crop failures of the Great Depression forced them to leave.
Betty, along with her brother Hans and their parents settled on another farm in Greendale on Keith Wilson Road in 1940 and started a new life.
Betty often spoke about the simple life… of living near her cousins, of walking long distances with them to school or to the store, of riding in a horse and buggy with her mother to bring a chocolate cake for Valentine’s Day to Hans’ school, of how afraid she was of “King”, their large stallion, as he thundered into the barn, of how she survived falling from a buggy and being run over by the wheel, of swimming in the muddy creek that ran alongside their house, of running through the dust clouds made by the cars passing by, of shopping for $2 shoes for school that never quite fit right, of roller skating rinks, of 10 cents being the cost of renting roller skates along with a treat…
Of her family starting over again after the ’48 Flood that covered their house to the roof and saturated their farmland, and of meeting George while picking hops and marrying him in October 1952.
Since, George first worked for Chilliwack Dairy then for Dairyland, his job started them in Chilliwack, then onto Agassiz with them settling in Sardis for the rest of their lives. Betty also worked at the Sardis Dairyland, in the office, from 1960 until their retirement in 1990. They both became lifelong friends with the many people they met through work.
Betty continued their shared interest in collecting and giving unique coins and bills. She had no problem handing back a wrinkled bill or worn coin and requesting, a newer crisper bill or a shinier coin in place of what the cashier had given.
Betty and George enjoyed many long driving holidays throughout Canada and the US including some dangerous adventures through snowy passes, and the scenic windy road to Hana. George’s love of cars carried on through Betty after his passing in 2004. She kept their last car in pristine condition and she loved driving it everywhere.
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