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Betty Larkworthy

Betty Margaret Larkworthy (Baynham)

Tuesday, April 24th, 1923 - Monday, February 10th, 2020
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Obituary

Betty Margaret Larkworthy, born April 24, 1923 in Exeter, Ontario, daughter of Philippa Maud (Harness) and Amos Lloyd Baynham, passed away on February 10, 2020 at Greenwood Court, Stratford.

Betty is survived by her daughter Jane and partner Rick of Stratford, and niece Patricia Rosendaal (Dirk). She was predeceased by her husband, Donald (1997), brother and sister-in-law Jack and Fyfe Larkworthy, nephew Peter Larkworthy, and great nephew Graeme Rosendaal.

Betty worked in the Traffic Department of Bell Canada until her marriage. She was actively involved in the Perth County Historical Foundation and in Beta Sigma Phi, Tau Master Chapter. She was a member of the Stratford Perth Museum and was a Charter Member of the Stratford Concert Choir.

For many years she chaired the committee responsible for conducting heritage tours for the Historical Foundation and of step-on service for Tourism Stratford. She was extremely interested in the city’s local architecture, and served on the Local Architectural Conservation Advisory Committee (LACAC) as well as other committees interested in retaining historical buildings and districts. Another of her interests was her collection of Depression Glass, a sample of which remains in the care of the Stratford Perth Museum.

She acted as co-editor of the St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church newsletter, the SAINT, beginning in 1983, taught in the church school for over 35 years, was a member of the senior choir for many years, and was a charter member of the St. Andrew’s Good Morning Group, the International Ministries Group, the 3F Supper Club and Meaningful Adventure.

Betty was also a faithful and long-time supporter of many local organizations including the Stratford Festival, Stratford Perth Museum, Stratford Summer Music, United Way Perth-Huron and the Stratford Perth Community Foundation.

Although never expecting formal recognition for her volunteer efforts, Betty was made a Life Member of the Stratford Perth Museum (1995) and was one of three recipients of the inaugural James Anderson Heritage Award (2007).

We would like to express our utmost gratitude to the staff of Greenwood Court and Anne Hathaway Retirement Residence for their care and understanding during Betty’s transition from independent to supported living. We would also like to thank Betty’s many friends in the community who asked about her often. And to long-time family friends Kathy and Don Currie, who visited Betty regularly during her stay at Greenwood Court, words simply cannot express our appreciation.

In keeping with Betty’s wishes there will be no funeral home visitation or service. Cremation has taken place. Interment will be held at a later date at Avondale Cemetery (Stratford).

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church (Stratford, ON), the Rotary Hospice Stratford Perth (directly at www.rotaryhospice.ca) or a charity of one’s choice through Rutherford Cremation and Funeral Services, 804 Ontario Street (Unit C-11), Stratford, ON, N5A 3K1, 519-271-5062, rutherford@jarfh.com.
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    Avondale Cemetery
    Address
    4 Avondale Avenue
    STRATFORD, ON N5A 6M4
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Lynne Hayes

Posted at 07:53am
Dear Jane: Passing on our condolences. It has has been so nice to have met your Mom through the Harness Reunions.
She definitely was a wonderful lady. Lynne and Larry Hayes
 
JL

Jane Larkworthy Posted at 11:17am

Thanks so much, Lynne and Larry. My mom absolutely loved the Harness Reunions! That first big affair in Stratford in 1999 was quite a party! I’m so glad that the Harnesses (and their extended families) have continued with that tradition. And I know that my mom would be so pleased that her family was keeping in contact through that every-two-year get-together. Jane
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Jackie Albrecht

Posted at 10:23pm
Our deepest condolences Jane and Rick. We all know your mom was a fantastic lady! She was smart and strong just like you and also had a fun personality. I remember when she decided it was time to tear down the office next door and make a nice greenspace for herself to enjoy when she was in her late 70's! I will miss seeing her ( pardon the pun- it was meant sincerely). Jackie Albrecht
 
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Jane Larkworthy Posted at 11:30am

Thanks, Jackie. I’m sure that you know that both of my parents were very fond of you - not just as their optometrist, but as someone they felt was their friend. I’ll always appreciate you “going the extra mile” with my dad when he visited your office when he was at Cedarcroft, and your caring approach to my mom’s eye care in her later years and during her time at Greenwood. You’re a very special person. Jane. P.S. The decision to tear down the office and make that lot into a wonderful greenspace was made when my mom was in her late-80s! It was a brave decision and one that neither of us regretted - not for one minute. She was quite a lady.
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Susan & Gerry

Posted at 08:46pm
Jane,
Just wanted you to know that we are thinking of you at this sad time.....our memories of Betty bring smiles.
She was such a wonderful, caring person and beautiful inside and out .. Cherish the memories xox
Sincerely, Susan & Gerry Wigan
 
JL

Jane Larkworthy Posted at 11:21am

Thanks so much, Susan and Gerry. Your thoughts and your very apt (I think!) description of my mom are very much appreciated. Jane
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Joyce Biehn

Posted at 05:26pm
Jane and Rick. So sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing, Jane. She was one very special lady. Reading her obituary makes it even more so. Her legacy will live on through you. Thinking of you.
 
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Jane Larkworthy Posted at 11:22am

Thanks so much, Joyce. My mom was, indeed, a very special lady. Jane
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