Roberta (Betty) Mitchell (NEE NAIRN)

November 2nd, 1923 – January 2nd, 2015

With a lump in my throat … and appreciation for a life lived, we must announce the passing of an amazing Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother— Roberta (Betty) Mitchell. Mum left us, very peacefully, on January 2nd, 2015 at 1600 hrs, a world which now has a tremendous void where an amazing “life force” prevailed for so long …nine decades. This was a lady whose life for so many of us mirrored our memories of our lifetimes growing up in Chilliwack. And, it was an incredible life of what would be described as a “life lived”! Betty leaves behind her husband of 69 years, Gordon; daughters Jane (Dale) & Julie; Grandchildren Dana (Ryan) & Mitchell (Lindsay); Great Grandchildren Campbell & Warner; Nephews Bruce (Kelly, Taylor) & Douglas (Silvia, Lauren). She was predeceased by her sister Jeane Forster & brother Roger. Betty was born in Saskatchewan, raised in BC and making Chilliwack her home for almost 75 years. Mum did the usual ‘life lived’, starting as a waitress at the White Rooster restaurant at Orchard Park in the summer of 1940. This sojourn as a waitress was part of a very busy life that included being a member of the Chilliwack High School Honour Roll Society, an Executive on the Student Council, gymnastics, basketball and badminton. On September 1st, 1945, Betty married Gordon. A brief time living at Cultus Lake; followed by a short time living in Chilliwack, while expanding the family to four, led to a permanent home on Strathcona Road in 1956. Many wonderful memories of a loving wife and Mother were created at that home, and the door was a door that was open to all in the neighbourhood. It means so much to us that friends from 75 years ago have memories of our Mother and that they are still able to share those memories. A pleasant recollection of events which are now, so long ago, by friends who were able to share those youthful happy times with our Mother ‘speak volumes’ about how much she meant to them, and how much they meant to her. A Celebration of Life will be held January 24th, 2:00pm at Henderson’s Funeral Home, 45901 Victoria Ave., Chilliwack. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation. Online condolences may be offered at

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