Constance Elizabeth (Betty) Dwyer
September 18, 1925 - March 14, 2021
Born Constance Elizabeth Cox in Winnipeg Manitoba, Betty was a dedicated wife and mother, a scholar, teacher, and world traveller. She is predeceased by her husband, Daniel Andrew Dwyer and survived by her sister, Frances Henning (nee Cox), her two children, Veronica Gausach (nee Dwyer) and Paul Dwyer, along with her grandchildren, Theo Dwyer, Kiri Dwyer, and Alex Gausach.
She loved gardening and canning, and knitting and crochet, and perpetually juggled several of these projects. She made and donated countless knitted slippers, baby booties, shawls, and blankets to the Sechelt Hospital Auxiliary and the Raincity shelter. Her mind and skills were sharp to the end and she passed peacefully at Lions Gate Hospital with her children at her side.
She was loved by many, and for everyone who knew her, Betty was a deep well of practical knowledge and the very embodiment of stoic contentment. As a young girl, she excelled in the sciences and in statistics in particular; a field that would eventually take her to the other side of the world working for the United Nations, and see her begin her young family in the 60s.
Back in Canada and after her husband’s death in 1973, Betty raised her two children as a single Mom, never missing a rehearsal, recital, soccer practice or track meet. She advocated all her life for women in Science and was active in organizing Vancouver’s fledgling SCWIST (Society for Canadian Women in Science & Technology) in the early 80s, as well as being a generous donor to many other causes dear to her heart.
Betty was cremated in March and her ashes rest comfortably in the flour canister she kept on her kitchen counter for our entire lives. If you knew her, you know she would approve.
No service by request.
We miss you terribly Mom… your quiet strength and determination remains an example for us all.
We will love and remember you always for the many loving gifts, quietly given, through a long life well lived.