Elizabeth Myrtle Feil was born in Calgary, Alberta, on July 2, 1919, to parents Frederick Langston and Elizabeth Clegg. She was raised in Calgary, alongside her older brother, William.
When she was a young woman, a handsome young man named Garry Feil, who was involved in starting a Sunday School outreach ministry in Northeast Calgary, requested she join the team because of her musical abilities, or that’s what he claimed anyway. A romance soon blossomed between the two of them, and on September 2, 1946, Garry and Elizabeth were married. God blessed their marriage with two sons, Richard and Roger.
Elizabeth’s life was characterized by her love for God and her desire to serve Him, regardless of where she found herself. When Garry’s work took them to Ontario, she settled in and continued to do what she did best; loving God and loving others. She raised her boys, taught Sunday School, and for a time, she and Garry operated a children’s home, where they fostered seven children.
Life brought Garry and Elizabeth back to Alberta, where they made Sherwood Park their home. Elizabeth continued to serve wherever she could, and was very committed to giving of herself in this way. She volunteered with her church’s Wee College, and every week she helped to clean and prepare the sanctuary for the upcoming Sunday church service. She also attended and volunteered with her church’s Seniors’ Lunches, and whatever other special events she was able to. Elizabeth was lovingly nicknamed the Church Mouse.
Elizabeth was devoted to prayer. As long as she was able, she was dedicated to attending weekly and pre church service prayer meetings. When sleep began to elude her, she put that time to the best possible use she could think of. If you were ever awake at 4am, you knew Elizabeth was up reading her Bible, meditating on God’s Word, and praying for her family and those around her. When you received a letter or card from her that she signed off “Love and Prayers,” you knew she meant it.
Elizabeth loved. She cared deeply for her family, and wove this love into the blankets she crocheted, and the letters she wrote. She always greeted her family with a grandma hug and a kiss on the cheek, both of which left no doubt as to her love. Seeing her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, whether in person or by photo, always brought a smile to her face, and she treasured each moment spent with them. Visits to see Grandma always meant tea and cookies, or a meal, and often something to take with you for the road. Because of her capacity for love, Elizabeth had many “adopted” children and grandchildren. She thrived on being a Grandma to whomever she could.
Elizabeth appreciated beautiful things, from music, to flowers, to her tea cup collection. She often had flower bouquets in her house and tenderly cared for the roses in her garden. She was able to enjoy the diversity of God’s creation further when she travelled the world with Garry. She frequently had music playing, and when she could, she played hymns on her organ, offering praises to her Saviour with what she had.
Her sparkling and mischievous eyes were a telltale sign of her sense of humour. Elizabeth lived with spunk, determination, and independence. She walked as long and as far as her legs would take her, and she had a competitive streak that saw her win numerous Laurel Heights Olympic medals. Occasionally Elizabeth let her wild side show long enough to enjoy a motorcycle ride. She was a feisty woman who knew what she wanted, including a goal of living to be 100, and yet she remained incredibly kind and loving.
Elizabeth was a Godly woman who left a beautiful heritage.
At a beautiful and full 101 years of age, Elizabeth went peacefully into the arms of her Savior, and was greeted by Garry, Richard and Roger, all of whom had gone before her.
Elizabeth – wife, mother to two sons, grandmother to eight, great grandma to 28, and dear friend. You will be missed.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
2 Timothy 1:12b
For I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.
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