27 November 2012

Betty Burrows obit

Elizabeth A. Burrows (Betty), daughter of Dr. John E. Machacek and Alice Linda Donaway, was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She passed on November 23 at Ottawa and is survived by her husband, Dr. Vernon D. Burrows, daughters Diane Burrows (Gregory Bell) and Janet Burrows. She was sister to Pat Machacek, Robert (Bob) Machacek (Josie), sister-in-law to Ruth Boyes and aunt to six nieces and nephews and their children. Betty graduated from the U. of Manitoba (BSc 1954) and from the U. of Ottawa (B.Ed 1981). After marriage, they lived in Pasadena, California where Betty worked as a technician (USC Medical School) while Vern completed his PhD at Caltech. They then moved to Ottawa. In 1962, Vern and Betty gathered a group of parents together and formed and staffed the Parkwood Hills Cooperative Nursery School, now named The Community Cooperative Nursery School. Betty spent her teaching career with the Carleton Board of Education and after retirement she worked as a supply teacher, often teaching ESL to primary students. She volunteered for several years at the Queensway Carleton Hospital. Betty enjoyed collecting antique ink and smelling salt bottles and glass trade beads. She was keenly interested in computers, genealogy and travel. At Betty's request, funeral services are private for family. Those wishing to honour Betty may contribute to the Elisabeth Bruyère Hospital (Palliative Care Unit) in Ottawa, the Salvation Army Christmas Fund or to a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be made at www.colefuneralservices.com

Published in The Ottawa Citizen on November 27, 2012

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