Suzanne Eva Stella (de Saint-Georges) Elliott 5 August 1943 – 3 July 2021 (77 years old) born in Laval, Quebec, passed away in Gibsons, British Columbia. Predeceased by brother (older by 2 years): Michel (Mike) de Saint-Georges
The Beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-10) 3Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 Blessed are those who mourn: for they shall be comforted. 5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. 6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. 7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. 8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. 9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. 10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Eulogy for Suzanne Eva Stella (de Saint-Georges) Elliott written by Michele Silaban (great niece in Jakarta, Indonesia) 3Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 Blessed are those who mourn: for they shall be comforted. Sue and her older brother, Mike had a joyful childhood in Laval, Quebec under the care of their parents Paul and Frances. However, despite both being Catholic, their parents had married across the Anglophone-Francophone divide which defied the conventions of their time. Then, tragically, when Sue was 10 years old and Mike was 12, their father died suddenly and their mother’s world came crashing down along with that of her children. Over the next two years, Sue and Mike suffered a certain amount of neglect until authorities separated the two siblings from their mother and placed Sue in an all girls boarding school run by Catholic nuns. 5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Sue said that her time with the nuns provided her stability where she learned valuable skills like sewing, crocheting, knitting which she continued doing throughout her life. She also learned to type to gain employment early on in her life. After she had graduated at 18, she lived with her Aunt’s family in Ontario babysitting her cousins but she quickly found office work in Toronto. 6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be satisfied. Sue perhaps did not find big city life to her taste and may even have wanted to break free of her past so within a few years decided to move out west to British Columbia. 7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Sue’s traumatic childhood affected her in such a way that she chose to open her door and her heart to those who were going through trauma or just needed a cup of coffee or something stronger and someone to listen to them. For those of us who visited as often as we could, there was always a game of cards or Scrabble at the ready. Her sofa was always available for overnight guests and she could produce the most delicious cuisine from her small kitchen. 2 | P a g e 8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Her deep laugh and hearty spirit attracted more than a few and she did have more than one long term romantic relationship. She even got married but it ended quickly due to her husband’s dubious nature. Sue never married again but instead found her place in life on the Sunshine Coast in a community where people cared for each other and helped each other out. In addition, Sue had a deep love for animals which had her fur babies living far beyond their nine lives in perfect comfort. Her down to earth ways gained her the moniker, Country Sue, among her friends. 9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Sue always looked to fulfil a need in the community. Her entrepreneurial drive led her to open several businesses each of which lasted a few years. Her tailoring business she named ‘Raggedy Ann’s’ allowed her to develop individual connections with her community. There was a printing shop that she and Mountain Mike Grohne opened around 1986. Later, she opened her own shop which she named, ‘Need for Things (New & Used)’. This name was based on the filming of the Stephen King (1991) book - Needful Things - which was filmed in Gibsons Landing and Molly’s Reach among other places in BC. The shop’s name may have been a humorous nod to the film that was released in 1993 but it also was a conduit of her life long passion to promote environmental awareness so that the community would recycle perfectly good items that were no longer wanted rather than throwing these out. To promote community development, she also worked with Stella Mutch to set up a directory of small businesses which was no small feat prior to the widespread use of the internet. 10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Sue was an unapologetic perfectionist whose words will push us to continue to take care of ourselves, our community and our environment. Towards the end of her life, Sue’s lungs and then body deteriorated to the point that Sue considered her conditions as God’s loving concession to suffer purgatory while on earth. Over the years, as Sue’s friends, family and neighbours, moved further away or passed away, there were only a few of us who were able to visit as often as we used to. In spite of all this, the steadfast loyalty of her friend, Tim Savinkoff, kept us all in touch with Sue for which we are deeply grateful. Adieu, our dear Suzanne Eva Stella (de Saint-Georges) Elliott! At last! You are with God – healed and whole. We will miss you.