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Publication: Globe and Mail, The add link
Issue: 22 September 2011, page R10
Title: ELIZABETH GURD AGNEW (Death Notice)
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ELIZABETH GURD AGNEW JUNE 26, 1909 AUGUST 22, 2011 As was her wish we raised a glass when Elizabeth Gurd Agnew (Betty) died on August 22nd at 6:00 am at the age of 102. Born in Sarnia Ontario, the youngest daughter of Norman St. Clair and Edna Wilkes Gurd, she was predeceased by her sisters Isabel Steers and Helen Snyder. Betty attended Bishop Strachan School, and the Ontario College of Art. Betty had a long and rich life fueled by her open mind, love and kindness. A world traveler, her first trip to Europe was in 1929 with her mother, followed by a year's study of art in 1932 in London England. Travel, culture, art and Europe were among her passions, and she enjoyed 15 trips to that continent, along with several trips to Asia. Betty lived in Rockcliffe Park, Ottawa, and often wintered in Majorca with her friends and cousin Gwen Coate. She never lost her love of Sarnia where the family 'cottage' was summer home for her extended family and friends for decades, and where walking the shores of Lake Huron, looking for 'lucky stones' remains among the family's favourite memories ­ all made possible by her generosity. Her life was full and contented and most importantly, in control. At age 80, she arranged to leave Ottawa and move to Toronto to live in Belmont House where she was a much loved member of her new community. Betty was a remarkable woman and the glue that bound her diverse and loving family. She was incredibly cherished by her 5 grandsons, Brian (Fitz), Andrew, Patrick, Blair and David. But Betty's greatest pleasure came in being with and thinking about her two children Renee Gurd FitzGerald, and James Gurd Agnew. She was the most generous mother, grandmother and mother-in law, and her family treasured their time with her and will have phenomenal memories of her and her life.