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"ELM" 2008 Obituary


ELM o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-03-01 published
VAN NORDEN, Julia (also known as Toos VAN NORDEN- WOUTERS, née Jacoba WOUTERS)
(February 8, 1919-February 26, 2008)
She died in Saint Paul's hospital in the presence of her loving and devastated husband Herman after prolonged and cruel suffering from two simultaneous malignant diseases. She is survived by her children and their spouses (Sophia VAN NORDEN and Roger DEE in Vancouver, Wilma VAN NORDEN and Robert ELM in Vancouver, and Simon VAN NORDEN and Laura RIZZI in Montreal,) by her grandchildren (Clare, Alexander and Natalie,) by her sister Johanna (Ans) PLANKEEL and her children and grandchildren, and by her sister-in-law Adela KELLERMAN in Antwerp, Belgium. Her early life was marked by struggle, first the financial struggle to earn enough for a university education during the Depression, and then working in the Dutch resistance during World War 2. After the war, she obtained her M.D. and was decorated by the Queen of the Netherlands for her wartime efforts. She came to Vancouver with her husband in 1951 where they established both a young family and a successful medical practice. As a professional wife, she made caring for her grateful husband a priority, while at the same time maintaining her independent opinions, activities and finances. As a mother she was a hard taskmaster, but she enjoyed seeing all her children earn advanced university degrees and establish professional careers. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to

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ELMES o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2008-03-12 published
BEDFORD, Joyce Morden (née BELL)
It is with deep sorrow and heartache that we announce the death of Joyce Morden BEDFORD on Saturday, March 8, 2008 after a courageous battle with cancer. Joyce will be missed by her son Clay, daughters Catherine STEWARD/STEWART/STUART and her husband Jim and Jennifer and her husband Barry ELMES, brother Jim BELL and his wife Audrey, grandchildren Emma and Graeme STEWARD/STEWART/STUART, step-granddaughter Jennifer VERGOS, nephews and nieces, and a myriad of Friends ranging in age from 6 to 96. Born on May 10, 1928 in Niagara Falls, Joyce grew up in St. Lambert, Quebec, and attended McGill University. head librarian at Malton District Library from 1967 until her retirement in 1992, Joyce delighted in sharing her love to read with others. In her retirement, she remained active championing various causes and advocating for social justice through the political system. She did volunteer work at Aloma Public School and faithfully attended the Toronto International Film Festival. Her passion for social issues led her to deep and rewarding involvement with the Academy for Life Long Learning. Special thanks to Doctor Ralph GILBERT of the University Health Network for his skill, candour and compassion throughout Joyce's illness. No flowers please, however if you'd care to make a donation in Joyce's name, her favourite charities were the Council of Canadians ( and the David Suzuki Foundation ( Donations to Bethell House (, a residential hospice being constructed by Hospice Caledon that would have made Joyce's final days more comfortable, would also be appreciated. Or, as Joyce so often did, take a stand when you perceive an injustice make your voice heard. A celebration of Joyce's life will be held on Saturday, March 15 at 1: 00 p.m. at the Port Credit Library, 20 Lakeshore Rd. E., Mississauga.

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ELMSLEY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-05-03 published
ELMSLEY, Marguerite " Margot" (née GREER/GRIER)
29 April 1920 - 14 April 2008
Margot died peacefully in Victoria, British Columbia at Glen Warren Care Home. Margot was predeceased by her husband, C.M.R. ELMSLEY, in 1975. She is survived by her daughter Alex CARRIERE (Cyril BUBAR) of Kelowna, British Columbia, son Tony (Rose) and grandchild Stephanie of Kanata, Ontario, sisters Kathleen GREER/GRIER, Holly ROWLAND (Arthur,) Patricia MARTIN (Michael,) and her brother James GREER/GRIER, all of Victoria. Margot will be missed by her family, her nieces and nephews, their families and many Friends whose hearts she touched with her generosity and lack of malice. Margot was the daughter of Col. and Mrs. H.C. GREER/GRIER of Esquimalt, British Columbia. When her husband Tony was posted to England during World War 2 Margot joined the Canadian Red Cross Corps and served her country at Maple Leaf Club No. 2 in London looking after troops returning from the Continent. After the war she was a devoted wife and mother with happy memories of life in Washington, D.C., Appleton, Ontario and her final 27 years in Victoria, British Columbia with her sisters, their families, and her brother. A memorial will take place at Sacred Heart Church, 4040 Nelthorpe Street, on Wednesday, May 7 at 11 a.m.

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