Sadly the family, of Elsie Elizabeth Hiebert of Castlegar, wishes to announce her peaceful passing at Castleview Care Centre on Monday, June 23, 2014, blessed with 85 years of life.
Elsie was born in Edmonton, Alberta on October 9, 1928, the youngest of 4 children, to parents Nellie and John Bailey. In 1941, the family moved to Vancouver, where Elsie started her working career at Eatons. In 1948, she married the love of her life, Dave Hiebert and the young couple moved to Ocean Falls, where they raised three children and in 1961 they moved to Castlegar.
Over the years, Elsie was very active in the community. She served on the Handicapped Society and volunteered at Castleview Care Centre, the Arthritis Society, the Senior Citizens, the Brownies, the Women’s Auxilliary and the Workers’ Institute and worked as chief cook for 50 years at the Sanka Camp near Creston. Elsie also contributed to the Castlewood Book Club. One of her many hobbies was handicrafts that she would sell at the local fairs, especially Christmas wreaths made with locally found pine cones.
Elsie was known for her delicious pastries, desserts and pies that she so freely gave to family, friends and even strangers. After her children had grown up, she took up Nursing and worked at the Castlegar and District Hospital for 20 years.
Elsie was predeceased by her loving husband Dave, her daughter Karen Stevenson and her siblings.
Left to mourn her loss are her two sons Greg and John, daughter-in-law Barb Hiebert, her son-in-law Don Stevenson, her five grandchildren, her seven great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Cremation has taken place in care of Castlegar Funeral Chapel.
There is no funeral by request and in lieu of flowers, donations in Elsie’s memory to the Multiple Sclerosis Society would be appreciated.