Elizabeth “Betty” Annie Adam of Rimbey, Alberta passed away peacefully at the Rimbey Hospital and Care Centre, Area Three on Sunday, June 27, 2021 at the age of 81 years.
Betty Adam (nee Sedak) was born and raised in Southern Manitoba where she grew up on a homestead and attended a single-room school. In her teen years, she moved into Winnipeg and entered the workforce. While only in her teens at this time, working in Winnipeg set the pace that Betty would follow for many years – a strong work ethic and stoic attitude towards life would be a legacy that she left behind for everybody who met her. From Winnipeg, Manitoba, Betty moved to Calgary, Alberta, and then on to Vancouver Island in 1970. There she would settle for a time to raise her family and work as a secretary at MacMillan Bloedel Lumber. The 1980s would find Betty back in Calgary facing the challenge of life as a single mom. She rose to the occasion, and quickly found work as a secretary with Social Services where she was an exemplary employee for over ten years. Even during this time, she continued to reach out to friends and family with Christmas dinners and wise words; leading a balanced life of work, dancing, and shopping. The late 80s found Betty transferring from Calgary Social Services to the Slave Lake District, where she pursued a life of fishing, work, dancing, friends, and family. In 1997 however, tragedy struck and Betty lost both her husband, Al Stone and her son, Robert. She retired from work and moved down to Rimbey where she stayed for the rest of her life. While in Rimbey, Betty met and married Leon Adam, a wonderful man who would stand with her and love her through the most difficult of years. Betty faced everything with a stoic attitude peppered with a sense of reality. She would say, “People tell you to get over things, but some things you don’t get over. Now, let’s go for a walk.” Life always had to go on. There was shopping to do, fish to catch, and work to be done. Betty was a source of strength that planted a seed in everyone that she met, and while she is gone to be with her son and loved ones, those seeds live on in each and every one of us whose lives she touched. Betty – mom – gran – grammy – sister – aunty … she will be greatly missed by Leon and all the family and friends who loved her.
Betty will be lovingly remembered by her husband, Leon; her son, Don (Maryann) Friesen of Rimbey; and her daughter, Audrey (Darren) Attfield of Smith, Alberta; as well as nine cherished grandchildren: Logan, Tyler, Allison, Sarah, James, Dustin, Leon, Dakota, and Elizabeth; and two great grandchildren: Elliot and Marilyn. She will also be lovingly remembered by three sisters: Rose Judd of Teulon, Manitoba; Edna Massner of Gimli, Manitoba; and Dorothy (Gord) Oakford of Calgary; her first ex-husband, Ike (Diana) Friesen of Hamilton, Ontario; in addition to numerous nieces and nephews, other family members, and many friends. Betty was predeceased by her parents; two husbands, Walter Tishauser and Al Stone; her son, Robert; one brother, Mike; and two sisters, Jeanette and Stella.
A Graveside Service in Celebration of Betty’s Life was held at the West Haven Cemetery, Rimbey on Saturday, August 7, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Jeremy Willment officiating. If friends desire, memorial tributes in her memory may be made directly to the Rimbey and District Drop-In Centre, Box 1352, Rimbey, Alberta T0C 2J0. Condolence messages may be forwarded to the family by visiting: www.ofc-ltd.ca
Cremation Arrangements for the Late Elizabeth “Betty” Annie Adam entrusted to the care of