Our mother Elsie passed away peacefully a few months shy of her 100th
birthday with family and close friends by her side. The last chapter in her long life was spent at Abbeyfield House in Golden BC, where she thoroughly enjoyed the company of her fellow residents and the kind services provided by the dedicated and supportive staff. Her failing eyesight made it increasingly difficult to engage in her artistic endeavors but she still managed to provide advice to younger students and those in her immediate community that were artistically inclined. Art was a very central part of Elsie’s life. After taking professional training in Ontario and Quebec back in the 1950’s she established close friendships with a number of other artists, some of whom remained in touch to the present day. Elsie taught kindergarten children for 25 years and continued to attract and entertain children to the end. She was always trying out new mediums and approaches. Her work includes oils, watercolours, pastels, collage, wood prints, painted and carved wood, and pencil sketches. For many years she held a class called the Wednesday Sketchers in her basement studio in Enderby BC. Some of her students have gone on to become accomplished artists. Although she is now gone, her art and our memories of her will live on. She was a kind and considerate person with a great sense of humour and always had a quick witty answer or quote from a poem to add to the conversation. She will be sincerely missed.
Elsie is pre-deceased by her husband Clinton Whetter and survived by her daughter Jackie Campbell and husband Lyall; her son David Whetter and wife Robin; and grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren.
Online condolences may be sent through Elsie’s obituary at www.hindmanbowersfuneralhome.com.