Tannis Josephine Betts (nee Macfarland)

It is with sorrow that we announce the death of Tannis (Macfarland) Betts on May 12, 2019 at the age of 94 years.

Tannis is survived by her six children, Brian (Beverley), Margaret, George (Madeleine), William, Tannis (Wayne) and Noel (Pam); her fourteen grandchildren, Leah (Chris), Camille, Adrienne (Michael), Stephanie (Brett), Daniel, Julia (Philippe), Clayton, Charis, Olivia, David (Lanette), Heather (Joel), Andrea, William and Kaitlyn; and by eleven great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by William Arthur Betts, DFC, her husband of fifty-five years, and by her siblings Jane, Leona, George “Pat”, John and Constance.

Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday May 17, 2019 at 1:00 pm at St. John’s Anglican Church, 11111 57 Ave NW, Edmonton.

We would like to thank Sherwood Care for the support, affection and respect they showed to Tannis during her time there, and during her final illness.

She was a Royal Alex Nurse, Class of ’47, a tireless volunteer with Meals on Wheels, a devoted friend and supporter to the elderly and disabled, and the queen of the rummage sales at St. John’s Anglican Church on the south side of Edmonton.

Donations in Tannis’s memory can be made to a charity of your choice.

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St. John's Anglican Church - Edmonton

11111 57 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6H 0Z6

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Molly Coghlan

Lovely memories of happy times at St John’s and our great rummage sales. Warmest sympathy to all Tannis’ family.

Molly Coghlan

Catherine Samson

Dear Margie,
Sending you and your lovely family
heartfelt sympathy for the loss of your
beautiful and vibrant mother. Her glowing smile is etched in my memory. I will always appreciate the refuge your mother extended to me as I settled into Edmonton
many, many years ago. May your sorrow be replaced with fond memories of your mother; especially when you garden, bake and cook. Much love, Cathy

Helen Thomas

My deepest sympathy to the whole family for this great loss. I am thinking of you particularly today as you all gather in Sherwood Park to remember Tannis Betts. Her life was long and she brought love and pleasure to so many over the years – my parents and myself included. When Madeleine first met your family I was also living in Edmonton and Tannis welcomed me to all family events and made me feel part of your loving clan – even as an “outlaw”!! To me this represented her generosity of spirit. May her passing bring relief to her after some years of ill health, and to you all as you mark her passing.

The Walls Family~ Bedford Nova Scotia

Dear Marg and Daniel ~ we are so sorry to hear about the passing of Tannis. We have such fond memories of her and her husbands visit to our home in Nova Scotia along with other visits both in Toronto and Edmonton. Her smile could light up an entire room along with her grace and wonderful caring personality.
Our condolences to all your family ~ Love Joan Grant Chloe and Max

Sandra Macdonald (Zerb)

I am truly sorry to hear of your loss. I have very fond memories of Mrs. Betts. She was a very kind and sweet lady. My heartfelt condolences.

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