Passed peacefully away on Saturday, April 5, 2008 at the age of 91, Winifred Esther Wightman (nee Lyster) of Cobble Hill, formerly of Gordon Head and Malahat. She was predeceased by her husband Charles Ivan in August, 1980 and sons Clifford, May 1975 and Patrick, August 1967. Esther’s memory will be forever remembered and cherished by daughters, Frances Thomas (Wayne) of Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland, Margaret Siemens (Everet) of Arras, BC., and Marion of Malahat, BC. She is survived by three sisters, Ruth Lesperance, Vernon, BC., Anne Toole (Ned) Edmonton, Alberta, and Mary Rose, Gabriola Island, BC. Also survived by 9 grandchildren, Lisa, Lara, Christopher, Stephen, Cynthia, Mark, Barbara, Kristin, & Peter, also 11 great grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, family and friends. The family would like to thank and acknowledge the care and support provided by special granddaughter Lisa and husband Derek, Margie and all staff of Arbour House. Your loving care for Mom will be forever remembered. Special thanks to Val of Angel Helping Hands, Penny Clare and staff of VIHA-Ladysmith and especially Doctors Lisinski and Watson. Mom was never one to shy away from expressing her opinion or taking on the politicians of the day, she championed her causes with determination. Having a Horticulturist’s degree gave her the knowledge to take on environmental issues and was an outspoken conversationalist whenever the need arouse. Mom took great pleasure in passing her gardening skills on to family and friends and worked long hours on things that she believed in for a better world for all of us.

Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Esther’s life was held at Sands Funeral Chapel, 1803 Quadra Street, Victoria, BC at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 10, 2008 with a later private family burial in Hatley Park, Garden of Gethsemane. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, the Jedidiah Trust Foundation or an Environmental Charity of ones choice.

We love you Mom, your warm smile and great sense of humor will be forever missed. Condolences may be offered at

“May you rest in peace”

Sands of Victoria


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