Dorothy Betty Head

March 31, 1919 – August 20, 2011

Betty passed away peacefully at Dufferin Place in Nanaimo with family at her side.

Predeceased by her husband, Leonard (Len) Head in 2007, Betty is survived by her loving family: daughter, Lynette Heasley (Colin); son, Philip Head (Gudrun); grandchildren: Kara Heasley, Christian and Emma Head (Antoine Cuvele); and great granddaughter, Hannah. A special thank you to long-time friends, May Lewis and Lucy Haapala.

Born in Derbyshire, England, Betty taught school during the war years until she married Len Head, the handsome Canadian soldier. In 1946 Betty was one of the brave war brides coming to Canada aboard the “Aquitania,” to begin her early married years in British Columbia on Texada Island. Then there were many years in Shawnigan Lake where Betty ran her own playschool group. Later she taught kindergarten in Cobble Hill, the first year that it was part of the school system. The following years Betty worked at Cliffside Preparatory School at Shawnigan Lake and then spent many years at Cedar Lodge School in Cobble Hill. Upon retirement, Betty and Len moved to Duncan and for many years they travelled. They spent their final years living in Nanaimo, near their family.

The family would like to thank the staff at Dufferin Place for their kind and compassionate care of Mom.

No service by request. In memory of Betty, please donate to your local food bank.

Thank you Mom for everything, we miss you!

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