March 18, 1927 – August 1, 2020
Elizabeth June Ulm Croswell was born March 18 1927 in Weyburn Saskatchewan to parents Nellie Madison Ulm and Arthur Ulm, both of Nebraska U.S.A.
Elizabeth married Hawley George Croswell November 19 1947 in Athabasca AB. Elizabeth (Betty) & Hawley lived in the community of Hondo, on the Croswell homestead place. They had been married 65 years when he passed away. Elizabeth was known to many who knew her well as Gramma or Aunt Betty.
Elizabeth was predeceased by her parents, her husband Hawley and her five siblings; Fern, Clyde, Virginia, Lila Mae and Eugene.
Elizabeth is survived by her two children; Douglas (Beverly) and Sharon (Norman), seven grandsons; Rodney (Kelly), Richard (Christine), Christopher (Jennifer), Kelly (Jocelyn), Jason, Timothy (Lisa) and Benjamin (Chelsey). There are also nine great grandsons, eight great granddaughters and one great-great granddaughter. Elizabeth is also survived by her 3 permanent foster children whom she raised since childhood. They are an integral part of the Croswell family; Clara, Richard and Norma Bigstone and Norma’s two sons Jason and Jared. Aunt Betty also left many nieces and nephews who were very dear to her.
Elizabeth was a gifted and multi-talented individual; a chef, baker, seamstress – from formal gowns to crafting jackets using moose hide, a professional cake decorator, a gardener, she canned fruits, vegetables and moose meat. She made a myriad of preserves from jams to pickles. Betty loved knitting and quilting – we all have at least one of her quilts. She was a great story teller; her grandchildren loved to listen to the stories of their ancestors. Betty could manage livestock, recite the alphabet backwards, build cupboards, reupholster, and figure and fix most things – a real MacGyver. She enjoyed her birds. She was an avid reader and never stopped learning and trying new things.
Elizabeth was a fierce advocate for justice & for those less fortunate or troubled in life. She was never one to pass judgement, always showing grace. If you had the pleasure of entering her convivial kitchen; you would be welcomed with a generous hug, you would be loved on by being served a home cooked meal and dessert. The coffee or tea was always on. Betty had a keen sense of humor and gregarious, infectious laugh; of course you would leave her presence feeling better off! Of most importance; you would leave having renewed hope, your problems hashed through and your burdens lifted. She was a woman of excellence, emulating the woman described in Proverbs 31.
Elizabeth was a matriarch and a prayer warrior for all of her family and friends, we will miss her! She possessed a strong unwavering faith which held her through many major life events. Her family takes great comfort in knowing she has gone to her eternal home, with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We will all meet her there some day. “Now Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” ~ Hebrews
The Croswell family would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation and thankfulness for her doctors, nurses and the wonderful caregivers who lovingly cared for her in her own home for the past few years. Her niece Diana and Peter lived close by and provided selfless, unwavering love and support. We are grateful to the many friends and family in the community of Hondo who helped her and dropped by for visits.
Please note due to COVID 19 regulations and restrictions, the family will be gathering for a celebration of life at a later date.
In lieu of flowers contributions to food bank would be appreciated.