Betsy Celia


“Always a lady, forever a diplomat”

In loving memory of our dear mother, grandmother and great grandmother who passed away February 26, 2014 at the Mountain Lakes Seniors Community in Nelson BC. She was born November 2nd,1916 the youngest of 7 children, to Norwegian homesteaders, Tolef and Marie Reierson, in Scotsgard, Saskatchewan. Betsy grew up in Scotsgard and graduated from high school in 1933. She went on to study nursing in the Regina General Hospital and graduated in 1939. In 1941, Betsy was awarded the Carss Scholarship and attended McGill University in Montreal. She graduated with distinction and returned to the Regina General Hospital to become an instructor at the nursing school and later on, a supervisor. Betsy was proud to be a nurse and lived a life of caring for others. September 14, 1944, Betsy married Reverend Thomas L. Leadbeater in Regina Saskatchewan. She continued her nursing career in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and then in Victoria B.C. Betsy and her husband were in parishes in Pittsburgh, Victoria and Nelson BC, as well as Calgary, Edmonton and Red Deer (Pine Lake). She always remained a prairie girl at heart. She and Thomas returned to Nelson in June 2012 and took up residency at Mountain Lakes Seniors Community. Betsy is survived by her husband, Ven.Thomas Leadbeater(98), her beloved sister Agnes Reierson(100), as well as her three children: David and Graeme(Shannon) and Betsy Anne(Leon) DeClercq. She also leaves behind five grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Her Funeral service will be held at St. Saviour Pro Cathedral, Anglican Church, Nelson B.C. 1:00 p.m. Saturday, March 1st 2014. The family wishes to thank the very caring staff at Mountain Lakes, especially those in Lombardy Cottage and of course Dr Trevor Janz. In lieu of flowers a donation may be sent to St. Saviour Pro Cathedral Anglican Church (Building Fund), 701 Ward Street, Nelson, BC V1L1T3. Betsy’s spirit and grace has touched us all. She will always be remembered, loved and missed.

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