March 14, 1928 – April 4, 2019
Elizabeth May Derbyshire passed away, on her own terms, Thursday, April 4, 2019 at Extendicare Michener Hill, Red Deer. Elizabeth “Betty” Derbyshire was born March 14, 1928 at Aylesbury, Saskatchewan. She was the second of three girls born to Simon and Christina May (Audette) Reynoldson. She grew up and took her schooling through grade 12 in Aylesbury. After graduating grade 12 she began a long career as a telephone operator in Saskatchewan, British Columbia and Alberta. Betty’s career as a telephone operator was interrupted by her brief stint in the Canadian Air Force, February 1953 to September 1954. It was during her time in the Air Force she met her husband, Richard “Dick” Derbyshire who was serving in the Canadian Army, they married in 1955. Dick remained in Service and during his career the family was stationed in Regina, Saskatchewan; Soest, Germany; Kingston and Matheson, Ontario; and Nanaimo, BC. On his retirement Betty and Dick moved to Red Deer to be closer to their son, Robin.
Betty was predeceased by her husband Dick, her sister Edith and brother-in-law Ernest Dixon, sister Margaret and brother- in-law Edward Kostick. She is survived by son Robin, several nieces and nephews. Betty was a proud member of the Royal Canadian Legion. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society or the Canadian Cancer Society.
Condolences can be left for the family at www.eventidefuneralchapels.com.