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GOULD, Betty Jane

It is with deep sadness that our family announces the passing of our Mom, Betty, on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 in Kelowna, BC at the age of 89.

She was the daughter of Fred and Ruby Thibedeau of Esponola, Ontario.  She is survived by her two daughters Jaye Read of Kelowna, Lesley Powell (Ken) of Vancouver and son Eddie Gould (Shelby) of Toronto and two grandsons Jared Powell and Lincoln Powell (Phalyn) of Vancouver and sister Marilyn Smith of Florida.  Betty is predeceased by her husband Eddie, son-in-law Peter Read, grandson Kenny Powell, brother Roy and sisters Neressa Cameron and Carol Hooey.

Betty ventured to Winnipeg to begin her career and that is where she met the love of her life, Eddie, who was her boss.

Betty loved music, riding and playing hockey for the Pimm Hill Bullets and later figure skating at the Winnipeg Winter Club.  She also took up golf while dating Dad and they enjoyed playing for many years at Niakwa and St. Charles Country Club.

When her children were older she became an enthusiastic trader in the stock market and made many friends in the Tuxedo Investment Club.  She loved going to Vegas and to say she enjoyed going to the casino was an understatement.  She loved cooking for her family and friends and we all shared fantastic meals that she would spend hours preparing.

Mom and Dad enjoyed many summers at their cottage at Falcon Lake, Manitoba and winters in Fountain Hills, Arizona.  The times spent at these homes gave our family very fond memories.

They travelled the world and had some great adventures.  Betty and Eddie were a great team for 65 years; Betty’s love of life will be missed by all who knew her.

Many thanks to the caring staff at Sutherland Hills Rest Home and Dr. Peter Cosmann.  A Memorial Service will be held Wednesday, January 15th at 1:00 pm at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Kelowna General Hospital Foundation-Cardiac Fund, 2268 Pandosy Street, Kelowna, BC V1Y 1T2.  If you wish to send a condolence, post photos or share a memory, please scroll down the page to the area called “Share Your Condolences.”

Wednesday, January 15th at 1:00 pm

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The service for GOULD, Betty Jane is scheduled for Wednesday, January 15th at 1:00 pm . Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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2020 Springfield Road Kelowna, BC


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  • Kim Carmichael says:

    I sorry and sad to hear of Aunt Betty’s passing. She was such a fun loving and great lady. You were blessed to have her in your life! My thoughts and prayers are with you all, xoKim


    My Aunt Betty is singing with the Angels now in that she was truely an angel on this Earth!

    I met her in the late 1940’s when my Uncle Eddie married her and brought her to our Los Angeles area home on their Winter Holidays. She sang and danced to the Norte Dame fight song while my brother Roddy played it on his accordion. She and my Uncle visited for many winters into the mid 1950’s.

    When she and Uncle Eddie built Falcon Lake my mom, aunt Thora and I visited there and then I spent 3 summers at the ‘Lake’ with the children during the weeks and my Uncle, and their guests on weekends…..such glorious days for a southern California teenager….dances at West Hawk Lake included!

    She and my Uncle visited me and my young family in Boulder, Colorado, while Graduate School was our life.

    As California and Arizona continued to beckon my Aunt and Uncle in the Winter, we had many wonderful visits.

    Eventually my husband and 3 sons found our way back to Falcon and Brereton Lakes
    in 1977…… and then My Aunt and Uncle visited my family and my Mom, Eddie’s sister Anna, at our Lake Arrowhead home in southern California.. once a Lake girl, always a Lake girl for sure!

    Aunt Betty provided me with wonderful counsel my entire life, shared her love and wisdom with my sons, as did my Uncle Eddie….one of my sons, Paul, visited them, with his wife and son in them Kalowna.

    My aunt was loving and generous, gracious always……

    My mother, Anna Gould Elder, said many times that Betty was a wonderful complement to my Uncle Eddie and his wonderfully, successful business career in the Winnipeg Grain Exchange.

    her grateful and loving niece,


    aka Dorothy Ann Elder Kelty

  • Mike & Ellen Read says:

    Dear Jaye, Leslie, Eddie and families, We are truly saddened to hear the news of Betty’s passing. She was a wonderful person and our thoughts and prayers are with all of you and this time.

    Love Mike ,Ellen and family

  • mau & penny rutherford says:

    We were very saddened to hear of your mothers passing.She was a special lady. Our thoughts and condolences are with you. mau &penny rutherford

  • Pat Drew says:

    Dear Jaye and Leslie:
    I am so sorry to hear of Betty’s passing. She was quite a lady and I am glad to have known her. I enjoyed being in her company and listening to her stories – especially the ones that included ball gowns. She had a way of making me smile. Truly a beautiful lady with a beautiful spirit. My sympathies to the entire family in the loss of someone so special. Love Pat

  • Henri and Kathryn Fontaine says:

    Dear Jaye and family:

    We were sorry to hear of the passing of Betty.

    We know this is a difficult time for all of you. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.

    Jaye, you were such a wonderful and attentive daughter to your parents and especially in their later lives in Kelowna. We know that they appreciated all that you did for them. They were both wonderful people and they will be missed.

    Kathryn and Henri Fontaine

  • Harm & Claudette says:

    Dear Jaye, Lesley, Eddie & families,
    We are saddened to learn of your mother’s passing. We so enjoyed the time we shared with them here at the condo. We keep you all in our prayers as you grieve her loss and mourn her and your dad’s absence in your lives. Be comforted by all the great memories you have made & shared with them.

  • Dawn & Tom Smith says:

    Dear Jaye, Leslie, Eddie, and families,

    We are so truly sorry to hear about Aunt Betty. What a wonderful woman she was. We have such fond memories of her with her big smile and wonderful ways. She will be truly missed by all. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Dawn & Tom Smith says:

    Dear Jaye, Leslie, Eddie, and families,

    We are so very sorry to hear about Aunt Betty. She was such a joy to be around. We have such fond memories of the times we shared. She will be truly missed by all. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Hubert and Renee says:

    Dear Jaye, Lesley, Eddie, and Family Members,
    We hope you will find the strength to bear the loss of your wonderful Mom. I had the good fortune to meet Betty over 45 years ago through longstanding friend, Jaye. Betty welcomed me into her family and into her heart for all these years. Betty is fondly remembered by us for her kindness, enthusiasm, and inspirational ways. We are all so lucky to have had her in our lives.
    Hubert and Renee

  • Deborah seguin says:

    Lesley and Jaye,
    So sorry to hear about Betty. She was quite a gal and I remember her fondly!
    I’m know she will be missed by many.
    Deborah Seguin

  • Ron Stephens says:

    Dear Jaye Lesley and Eddie:

    How blest you are to have wonderful parents and all the beautiful memories because all of you were granted long lives together. I too have good memories because our families lived next door to each other at Falcon. Both Betty, big Eddie were always willing to help and our family certainly experienced the Gould generosity. Our mothers became good friends as they visited back and forth between the two cabins on the weekends. Gord and I learned to first surfboard and eventully water ski behind your boat. Then after an afternoon on the water we kids would head up to the cabin where our Mum’s had prepared a barbeque. Other times you would invite us for a sauna and then it was tradition to jump into the cold lake. For me it was an excellent cure for the ocasional hangover purchased the night before at Westhawk or some party. I don’t know if you remember but big Eddie got me my first full time job as office boy at McCabe Grain. It was the shortest interview in my whole life. Your parents had a large influence on my life. Those were great days growing up at Falcon. The Stephens family were fortunate to have you as neighbours. I often think back to those days when life was easy and worries were few. So Eddie, Lesley and Jaye my wish for you is that the Lord bless you and keep you and the Lord make His face shine upon you til we are all together again in His kingdom.


    Dear Jaye, Lesley & Eddie
    Sorry to hear of your Mother’s recent passing. I have fond memories of Betty during my early years at Falcon Lake. Gentle blessings to you and your Families.

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