Elizabeth KILGOUR

KILGOUR Elizabeth (Betty) Joan Susan Copland Kilgour was born on February 18, 1930 in Sundre, Alberta. She later moved with her family to Acme where she attended school. When she moved to Three Hills to work as a telephone operator, Betty met her sweetheart, Bill Kilgour. She often told of his proposal to her, "Do you want to keep working here, Betty, or would you come and starve on the farm with me?" From this beginning, Betty found adventure every step along the way. Her uncanny knack of finding humor, even in the mundane, was evidenced in her newspaper columns, articles, and books. Betty's writing readily evoked giggles and guffaws from all her readers. Betty was not deterred from doing anything she set her mind on. She genuinely loved people, and spent her life serving others – but never in a traditional manner. Wherever she lived, Betty made her house a home and safe haven. Everyone was welcome in Betty's kitchen; an extra place was always set and filled by someone just stopping by. Betty and Bill spent two years as volunteers in Tanzania and another two in the South Pacific. After their return, Betty shared their adventures in her books and captivated audiences in libraries and schools with her 30 foot snake skin and sugary chai. Betty took on huge projects and her enthusiasm was contagious. She was not one to research, prepare, analyze, or think – when she saw a need, she just jumped in with both feet and made things happen. What began as a project to crochet blankets for babies in Africa, has grown into "Friends of Kilangala," a group with wide-spread support that hugely impacts the lives of hundreds of African orphans. People were drawn to Betty's unorthodox ways; she had no boundaries and no fear. She was her family's biggest fan and she cheered for them every step of the way. Betty's faith was unlimited. She made mountains of chiffon cakes, pickles, pies, and embroidered tea towels for church bazaars. She served as an Elder, and lay minister in the Presbyterian Church and found numerous practical ways to serve God. Betty will be met in heaven by her daughter Margaret Lynn (Peggy). She will never be forgotten by her husband, Bill, her children, Judy Parry, Pat (Merle) Anderson, Ian (Kelly) Kilgour, and Beth (Mitch) Price, 9 grandchildren, and 6 great grandchildren. Her whistling, perfume, and her enormous love will stay with us forever. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, November 2, 2006 at 1:00 PM at Bethel Fellowship Church (in the country) Three Hills, Alberta. Memorial donations for "Friends of Kilingala" can be made to the Betty Kilgour Memorial Fund C/O Bethel Fellowship Church. Contact Paul Swanson at 403-443-5417 for details. Arrangements in care of SUNSET FUNERAL SERVICE Linden 403-546-3903.


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