Techonchuk Betty Delores

Betty Delores passed away at Oakside Manor, Enderby, BC on Tuesday, July 31, 2007 at the age of 77 years. Betty was born at Kirkland Lake, Ontario on August 6, 1929 and had resided in Sicamous since 1976. Betty was predeceased by her husband Steve in 1997. Betty will be lovingly remembered by her mother Ella McCormick, sister, Marjorie McGinn both of Windsor, Ontario and her children, Michel (Ron) Zerr of Prince George, Stewart (Lynda) Miller of Kamloops, Stephanie Berry of Edmonton;

grandchildren, Nikki (Zerr) Lewers, Erin (Zerr) Westfeld, Alyssa and Jeffrey Miller, Jessica, Kristina and Melanie Berry, and great-grand children Grant and Jordan Lewers. Betty and Steve were married in Windsor, Ontario January 19th, 1957. Steve’s occupation in construction led them on a cross Canada journey from Windsor, Ontario to Sicamous with stops along the way that included Hinton, Alberta, Duncan, Quesnel and Mica Creek and finally residing in Sicamous in 1976. During the 1960’s while in Quesnel, Betty was an active member of The Ladies Auxiliary to the Royal Canadian Legion Br 94. She served as Secretary, 1st Vice President, President and Chairman of the By-Laws Committee. Betty will also be remembered as the “secretary in the office” by the many children and staff of Helen Dixon Elementary. After moving to Sicamous in 1976, Betty quickly became a dedicated volunteer in the arts community. She initiated the Canada Day celebrations and fireworks displays that continue to this day. Betty was also a founding member of the Arts Council and spearheaded the purchase of the Red Barn for the Eagle Valley Arts Council. She worked tirelessly for many years to ensure the mortgage was paid and the arts council could operate The Red Barn debt-free thereby providing a permanent home for EVAC. An artist herself, Betty served many years with EVAC and with the Eagle Valley Brush & Palette Club. In 1986, Betty was named Citizen of the Year by the Sicamous and District Chamber of Commerce. In 1992 Betty was nominated for and received The Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada, an award given in recognition of significant contribution to compatriots, community and to Canada. In June of 2006, the District of Sicamous recognized Betty’s considerable contributions to the community by presenting her with the Mayor’s Award, a distinction of which Betty was extremely proud of and pleased to receive. Sicamous was the buzz and centre of Betty and Steve’s lives and home to them at long last. Their final resting place will be the Eagle Valley and

District Cemetery.

The family wishes to extend their heartfelt gratitude to the wonderful staff of Oakside Manor in Enderby for their compassionate, tender care of mom. Thank you also to Dr. Bowles, Dr. Gow and Dr. Beech for their care over the years. A celebration of Betty’s life was held at the Sicamous Senior’s Activity Centre on Friday August 10th at 11:00 am. Should friends desire, donations in memory of Betty may be made to The Canadian Cancer Society at


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