Betty Jean Oglow

Betty Jean Oglow


1927 – 2011

Our dear Betty passed away with grace and love on March 24, 2011 with her family by her side. Born of British ancestry in Saskatoon on December 17, 1927 she was raised in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan and later moved with her parents to Trail, BC. She worked at Woogmans Men’s Wear where she met her future husband, Paul.

In 1948 Paul and Betty married at the Knox United Church in Trail. In 1952 they moved to Castlegar where they raised their five children.

Betty was a wise and remarkable Mother. She was proud of all her family’s achievements and her husband’s lifetime of accomplishments. Betty was the finest role model for her family and continued in this role as she courageously battled alzheimer’s disease.

As an energetic, community-minded volunteer, Betty was instrumental in forming the Castlegar Fall Fair and the renewed Castlegar Toastmaster’s Club. She was a Cub and Brownie Leader, United Church member and Youth Choir Leader, Rotary Ann member, regular participant in the annual Terry Fox Run, champion bowler, participant in the BC Senior’s Games, BC Lung Association Regional rep, member of the Christmas Club, volunteer at the baby clinic, Meals on Wheels, and for the school programs at the Kootenay Gallery. Betty was renowned for opening the family home to billets and international exchange students.

Betty worked at the Castlegar Post Office for a short time and ran the Motor License office for many years with her husband Paul.

Most of all she enjoyed family gatherings serving up her fabulous feasts. However her grandchildren’s best memories were her extraordinary macaroni and cheese and homemade crouton sticks.

Betty is survived by her devoted husband Paul of almost 63 years and five loving children, Tom (Maureen), Dave (Norbina), Gail (Garry), Ken (Connie) and Carol (Ern). She was a proud grandmother of Shane (Regina), Jadak, Brenden, Britini, Mason, Caitlind, step-grand daughter Kristen (Devin), great grandchildren Jackson, Christian, Niva, great step-grandchildren Daphne and Greyson as well as her sister Dodie Horn of Ontario, sister-in-law Rosie Dann of Beaver Falls and many nieces and nephews, who were all very special to her.

Betty was predeceased by her father Alfred Henry Dann, mother Mable Annie (Butler) Dann, brothers Vernon, Frank, Fred, Ernie, Harry and Baby Jack, sisters Marg, Lil, Mary and her step-grandson Derek.

As an expression of condolence, donations in Betty’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society of BC – West Kootenay Boundary, 809 Davies Street, Nelson, BC, V1L 3T6

The family wishes to thank Betty’s long time family physician Dr. Streich, Dr. Merritt, and the Castleview Care Team.

A memorial service was held at the Castlegar United Church, 809 Merry Creek Rd., on April 2, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. with Reverend Ann Pollock officiating.

Cremation has taken place under the direction of the Castlegar Funeral Home with assistance from Betty’s nephew, Wally Dann.

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