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Elizabeth Loreen Kirk (Betty)

June 4, 1932

August 21, 2023

Elizabeth Kirk, also known as Betty, sadly passed away on August 21st, 2023. She was preceded in death by her parents, Alfred and Pearl. Betty is survived by her loving husband of 69 years, Bruce Kirk, as well as her sister Shirley (Ron Gillham), and her brothers Bob (Gloria) and Ewart (Jo).

Betty began her educational journey at Temiskaming High School before pursuing nursing in Ottawa. She successfully graduated from the Ottawa Civic School of Nursing in 1953 and started working at the Sudbury General Hospital. It was there that she met Bruce, who would later become her life partner and business companion. They exchanged vows on July 17, 1954, in North Bay. Following a few years in Sudbury, they moved to Nepean to establish Kirk Builders, working alongside Bruce’s brother Hugh. As their family expanded to include Bob (Lee), Jamie (Liisa), Steven, and Joanne (Gary Erbach), both the business and the family thrived. Betty decided to further her education and obtained a BA with Distinction from Carleton University once her children began attending school.

A doting and involved grandmother, Betty cherished attending the various events, ceremonies, and celebrations of her 13 grandchildren. In her later years, she found immense joy in welcoming six great-grandchildren. Betty had an adventurous spirit and traveled extensively with Bruce, exploring destinations across Canada, the U.S., and every continent.

Sports played a significant role in Betty’s life, as she passionately supported her Ottawa-based football and hockey teams. Additionally, she actively participated in skiing, golf, and curling for many decades. Betty held a deep affection for her fellow nurses and classmates, dedicating nearly 25 years to serving as a volunteer treasurer for the Alumnae Association of the Ottawa Civic Hospital School of Nursing.

Betty’s boundless dedication to her family, her love for life, and her vibrant energy will be greatly missed by all her friends and loved ones. In memory of Betty, the family suggests making donations to The Dementia Society, instead of sending flowers. A private family gathering will be held in the fall to celebrate her remarkable life. To share fond memories or leave a message for her in the guest book, please visit http://www.capitalmemorial.ca.

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