February 2, 1929 - June 11, 2020
The death occurred peacefully and surrounded by family at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital on Thursday, June 11, 2020.
Survived by her three sons Doug (Lynne) Sear, Bob (Kim) Sear and Tom (Barbi) Sear, her sister Anne (Gerald) Ells and her stepdaughters Dr. Anne Drysdale (George), Janet (Peter) Hynes, Sandra Drysdale and stepson Doug Drysdale. Predeceased by her husbands’ Dr. Ron Drysdale and Harry Lawrence (Skippy) Sear, as well as her grandson Graham Sear.
Betty, “Betty-Brite” as her friends would call her or simply “BB” as she was known to her grandchildren was a joy to be with and was a loving grandmother to Graham, Kyla, Geoffrey, Megan, Bryce, Sarah, Taryn, Christopher, Sydney, Heather, Sarah, Alexander, Catherine, Thomas, John and Robbie, and great-grandmother to Ryder, Cruze, Locklyn and Knox. Loving aunt to Judy Whittingham and Randy Ells.
Betty was born in Montreal, the daughter of Sydney Jarvis Dunsford and Dorothy Aileen Andrews. Her father was a bank manager for the Bank of Nova Scotia and she moved to PEI at a young age when her father was assigned the post of Bank manager of the Bank of Nova Scotia branch in Victoria, PE. It was there that she grew up and met the first love of her life, Skippy. Together they had three boys, Doug, Bob and Tom. Sadly, Skippy died from kidney disease at the very young age of 35. Betty raised the three boys on her own and eventually met the second love of her life Dr. Ron Drysdale. They were a match made in heaven and enjoyed many years of happiness together.
Betty had many talents and loved to paint. She has left behind many wonderful paintings for her family and friends to enjoy and remember her by for many years to come.
She was a very dedicated and community minded soul and was always ready and willing to volunteer. She was a member of the Wo-He-Lo club, a dedicated group of ladies that have given countless hours of dedicated service and fundraising in support nursery and neonatal intensive care unit of the of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Helping people with kidney disease was also a passion of hers and she was very proud to have founded the PEI Chapter of the Kidney Foundation of Canada.
The family would like to express their deep gratitude to the nursing staff of Unit 1 and 8 of the QEH for their dedicated and compassionate care and helping us all through these emotional times.
Resting at MacLean Funeral Home Swan Chapel. A graveside service will be held at St. Peter’s Anglican Cemetery. If so desired, donations can be made to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation or the PEI Branch of Kidney Foundation of Canada. Online condolences may be made at www.macleanfh.com