Born in Otter Lake Quebec Aug 31 1920 On March 6, 2021, after a brief illness with Covid-19, Mrs. Betty McCormick of St Catharines Ontario passed away at the age of 100 years. She was predeceased by her loving husband Wesley McCormick. Which she was married to for 65 years. Her parents Athanase and May Racine. Survived by her daughter Cheryl Kemsley, son in law Thomas Kemsley, two grandsons David Kemsley, partner( Jessica Geen), Thomas Kemsley Jr and wife (Amanda Kemsley), 5 grandchildren Emilia, Slade, Ila, and Weston. Betty grew up on a farm in Otter lake Quebec that was a mixed farm, had a logging operation and a maple sugar bush. From there she moved to Ottawa and resided there for part of the second world war before moving to St Catharines for the remainder of her life. Betty lived and worked in St Catharines for the majority of her life. Betty and Wes owned a variety store on Facer St for six years and made many friends in this endeavor. She also worked at the Lancer restaurant for many years and at same time Betty and Wes had a DJ business which was booked up a year in advance due to their popularity. Betty loved the weddings, dances and such as it gave her the opportunity to dance every weekend. Which she loved. She was always popular with the younger generation and a lot of her friends were much younger than her. Two special couples that she socialized with till her passing, Tara and James Harmon and Kelly and Brian Tryhorn/Hoxie gave her much enjoyment. She had many friends at the Heatherwood retirement home and enjoyed the staff as well. Once she contacted Covid she put on a brave face battling the virus but inevitably lost the fight. A celebration of her 100 th Birthday was planned for 2020 but cancelled due to Covid. The family regrets that she never got to meet the great grandchildren who all live in Alberta with their families. Betty will be cremated, and due to all family being so far away and unable to travel due to Covid there will regretfully be no service. Donations may be made to the St Catharine’s Humane society if so desired. Online condolences may be shared at www.pjdartefh.ca
By Kelly Roper
There are many things I’ll remember About my mom. How soft her hands were, How her eyes sparkled, How her smile lit up her entire face. I’ll remember the hearty sound of her laugh, And the tone of her voice when Someone disappointed her. But most of all, I’ll remember how I felt When she said to me, “I love you.” That was the best feeling in the world, To know this very special woman Loved me with all her heart. Of all the memories that may dim In the coming years, That feeling is something I know I’ll never forget. And I just want to say, I love you too, Mom.