Elizabeth Affleck passed into the presence of her Lord peacefully in Abbotsford, BC on January 8, 2013 at the age of 102. She joins her beloved husband Dr. R. Wesley Affleck, who predeceased her in 1996; her siblings (two sisters and two brothers); her son-in-law Peter Dyck and many other family and friends. Elizabeth is survived by three sons: David (Anne) from New Westminster, BC, formerly serving in France for many years, Bob (Cherry) of Kelowna, BC, Don (Charlotte) formerly of Kelowna, now living in Chilliwack, BC. She is also survived by three daughters and a special woman who still calls her Mom. They are Esther Dyck, of Harvey, North Dakota, Carolle (Bryan) Whittall of Maple Ridge, BC, Dorothy (John) Clunies-Ross of Haines Junction, Yukon Territory and Karin Wollis of St. Albert, Alberta. In her younger years, many children in need were looked after by Elizabeth and added to her growing family without hesitation.
Elizabeth was born in the small Mennonite farming settlement of Nikoleifeld, Caucasus, Russia in 1910. She came to Canada in 1925 with her family having survived the First World War and the Russian Revolution. Married in 1933, she and Wesley lived through the Depression of those days as well. She supported her husband throughout his teaching and leadership roles at three theological schools, Winnipeg Bible College (now Providence College), the former Burrard Inlet Bible Institute and Okanagan Bible College. She also got her Driver’s Licence at 65 years old, to travel and work at various care facilities for the elderly. Her recent days have been spent crocheting, knitting and quilting for family and friends. When that became impossible due to failing sight, hearing and mobility, she continued to pray daily for each of her numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren by name and by memory. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. The family would like to thank the Menno Hospital staff in Abbotsford and a special volunteer, John, for their kindness, love and care for Mom.
The family invites friends to join them in a visitation and viewing at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC, from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm on Wednesday, January 16th, followed by interment at Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery. A Memorial Service/Celebration of Life will take place at a later date, time to be announced.