Elizabeth Anne (Bettie) nee MacKenzie Hickman
August 4, 1920 – January 12, 2012
Predeceased by her brother Andy and great-grandson Aaron.
Survivied by her husband William Robert Hickman
and her dear friend Robert Emiry.
Loving Mother to Andy (Caro), Don (Sheri), & Kathryn Ann
Loving Grandmother to Sheralin, Ted, Jill and Sonya
Loving Great-grandmother to Tanner, Stormey, Christopher, Justice, Paige, Jack and Levi.
Bettie taught elementary school for a short time before marrying and travelling extensively with her diplomat husband, living in many countries to which they were posted. Later, she worked as a secretary. Because of her love and enthusiasm for new languages, customs, cultures and people she has friends all around the world. She always enjoyed taking part in live theatre, and after retirement became a model and appeared in several movies shot in Vancouver. The embodiment of charm and good manners herself, she had a repertoire of voices she used to animate dolls and stuffed toys. Much to the delight of her audience, she often used this talent as an outlet for an alter-ego she was far too genteel to express in person.
Regal, charming and open-minded, Bettie loved to laugh. Her joy for life, people and adventure could not be contained. Her positive outlook continued even in her last hours when she was planning for another trip to Salt Spring. Although, she lived in West Vancouver, she loved the Island and made many friends here while visiting family. She was a national treasure, and we feel privileged to have been part of her life. We will miss her generous spirit and unconditional love.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 4480 Oak St., Vancouver.