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 Betty Lorraine <I>Stewart</I> Barootes

Betty Lorraine Stewart Barootes

Toronto, Toronto Municipality, Ontario, Canada
Death 17 Nov 2011 (aged 88)
Calgary Census Division, Alberta, Canada
Burial Regina, Regina Census Division, Saskatchewan, Canada
Plot COLB- A- Row 7-2 (West Side)
Memorial ID 100339973 · View Source
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Obituary for Betty Lorraine Barootes (Stewart)
BAROOTES, Betty Lorraine
March 16, 1923 – November 17, 2011
Gracious and giving of heart throughout her entire life, on November 17, Betty gave of herself one last time. Her final gift was to join her husband, “Staffy” who passed away eleven years prior and was waiting for her so they could continue their life together. Her gracious elegance transcended her physical beauty and was ever present in all that she did, said and thought. Even in her last days, hours and minutes, Betty found ways to express her thanks, love and appreciation, when language and movement had been taken from her. Throughout her entire life, from childhood through to her last days, as a resident at Beverly Centre Lake Midnapore, Betty personified graciousness and generosity and did so with a pureness, never expecting or looking for acknowledgement or recognition. Born in Toronto, ON, the only child of Tom and Gladys Stewart, her most memorable growing up times was summer trips to cottage country and Christmas holidays when she and her cousin Pat, who she loved like a sister, dressed up and performed plays for their parents. Her high school studies at Humberside Collegiate took her to nursing school at St. Joseph’s Hospital where she received her RN and met her future husband, Efstathios (Staff) Barootes, who was a medical student. Separated during the war, she contributed greatly to the war effort in Toronto and upon his return from service, they were married. So devoted and giving of heart, Betty continued her nursing service supporting her husband as he completed his medical specialty. The early 1950’s took Betty to Regina, far from her family, friends and career, so her husband could build his medical practice. There, she raised five children – Barb, Barrie, Bryan, Brenda and Brent– before the phrase ‘single mom’ was even coined. And she did with grace, calm and patience amidst the ever unpredictable schedule of an extremely committed husband to his patients, new doctors in the community and supporting young foreign medical students that Staff would bring home unannounced, after rounds on Christmas day and evening. Juggled amongst the planned and unexpected responsibilities of hosting Staff’s colleagues and community leaders, Betty’s home and kitchen on McCallum Avenue was the gathering place after school and on weekends for her children’s friends, whether her children were home or not! The chocolate chip cookie jar was always magically full and her recipe was legendary to the point that even after her children had left the roost, their friends, when passing through Regina, still dropped by for a cookie, though their real motivation was to see Betty. As Betty herself would recall, she was blessed with the opportunity to travel and see many corners of the world, further cultivating her love of the arts and she expressed this love through her tireless commitment as a volunteer and supporter in the arts community. Betty volunteered at the Norman MacKenzie Art Gallery, building and participating in a docent program with outreach into the local schools. Her commitment and giving was expressed through her role on the Saskatchewan Arts Board where she also served as chair. She served on the Museums Association of Saskatchewan Board, as well as at the national level, receiving the Association’s Honourary Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000. And in 1987, on the 75th anniversary of Saskatchewan, Betty received a provincial award for volunteerism for her gift of time, energy, leadership and contribution to community. During the years her children were becoming a little more self-sufficient, quietly Betty returned to school to pursue a degree in Art History at the University of Regina. Sneaking in one class here and there and juggling her studies while giving to the community, supporting her husband’s career, running a household, in 1986 Betty graduated with a BA (Honours) in Art History. Prior, in 1982 she, in collaborated on the research and writing to publish Early Domestic Architecture In Regina – Presentations and Drawings as part of an exhibition for MacKenzie Art Gallery, University of Regina. In 2002, Betty relocated to Calgary to be closer to her family and there she continued to touch those she met and built new friendships, with her kindness and her thoughtfulness. Betty’s life, her graciousness, giving of heart, along with her humour and eternal patience will be treasured and celebrated by her children, Barbara, Barrie (Trisha), Bryan (Patty), Brenda (Tom), Brent (Coryna) and her six grandchildren Geoffrey, Benjamin, Erika, Ryan, Rebekka and Brooklyn. The family is so deeply grateful to Betty’s caregivers, Gloria, Dory, Ruby, Frances, Halley, Decel, and Marinel, as well as the team on the Evergreen Unit of Beverly Centre Lake Midnapore and Signature Care. A private family ceremony was held in Calgary on November 21, 2011, and in the Spring of 2012, a Memorial Service will be held in Regina where she will be re-united to rest eternally peacefully with her husband. If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made in lieu of flowers to the Alzheimer Society (201, 222 – 58 Avenue SW, Calgary, Alberta T2H 2S3, Tel: (403) 290-0110), Arrangements in care of EVAN J. STRONG FUNERAL SERVICES (403) 265-1199.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 100339973
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Betty Lorraine Stewart Barootes (16 Mar 1923–17 Nov 2011), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100339973, citing Riverside Memorial Park Cemetery, Regina, Regina Census Division, Saskatchewan, Canada ; Maintained by Memerizion (contributor 48072664) .