Grace Elsie Baddeley
Elsie was born in Prince George on November 11, 1950. Her parents Tom and Lorna Tubman moved to Kelowna where her father died when she was four years old, leaving Lorna to raise a family of five children. After graduating from secondary school in Kelowna, Elsie went on to attend UBC where she earned her B.Sc. in pharmaceutical chemistry. She then moved to Fernie to work at Minton-Cook pharmacy and later managed a new drug store for Cooks’ in Elkford. She also worked at IGS and other drug stores, and with the community volunteer income tax program.
Elsie and Bill were married on January 23, 1976. They and their two sons enjoyed a very close family relationship, later joined by two loving daughters-in-law and four grandchildren. Elsie was very proud of her family and always looked forward to having them in her home and doing things with them.
She leaves behind her husband of 40 years, Bill, and her two sons, Tony (Laura) and Allan (Megan) and four grandchildren, Grace, Will, Mayah and Isaac. She also leaves her sister-in-law Susan, her mother Lorna Tubman, two sisters, Darlene (Daryl) Bensmiller and Ellen (Len) Valley, two brothers, Tom Tubman and Cary (Debbie) Tubman, as well as many nieces and nephews including Charlene Becker and her children. She was predeceased by her father.
Elsie was a member of the Fernie Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses and actively supported congregation activities. She was a keen Bible student who encouraged others to live by Bible standards and looked forward to living in a paradise earth under God’s kingdom. (Mt. 6:9 10; Rev. 21:3,4)
She was an avid gardener, supplying all of her family’s produce and sharing things with others, canning, freezing, making delicious jams and jelly, pickles and other things. She was an expert seamstress who made all of her own cloths. Although she struggled with health problems and blindness, she stayed physically active walking, riding her bike and was a regular early-morning swimmer at the Fernie Aquatic center. She was an avaricious reader who would read a book while watching two or three different TV shows at the same time.
Elsie died on March 16, 2016. She will be sadly missed by her loving family and many friends. Elsie and Bill were marriage mates, good friends, and were “joined at the hip” for 40 years without a single disagreement or argument.
Memories & condolences shared at www.cherishedmemoriesfs.com. Arrangements entrusted to Cherished Memories Funeral Services Ltd.