On November 3, 2023 we lost our beautiful mother at the age of 86.
A loving mother to Stephanie and Jennifer (Kyler) and adoring grandmother to Nathaniel, Annika, Emily and Reagan (predeceased).
Elizabeth was born September 2 1937 in Kitchener, Ontario to Nellie and David Whaley. She was the youngest of three children. John being the eldest and Mary (predeceased) the middle child. We believe she was the most spirited of the three!
Mom was fortunate to ski at Chicopee in the winters and spend her summers at the cottage on Valhalla Island in Muskoka. She learned to sail, canoe and enjoy nature’s splendour that the cottage had to offer. In 1956 she went to Stratford Teachers College. In true rebellious fashion mom did not complete her teaching certificate. She decided to join the RCAF in 1957 (much to her father’s chagrin). While at CFB Clinton, my mother spotted my father Ray Staples, her future life partner in the base pool hall and that’s when their union began. They married in 1958 at Trinity United Church in Kitchener. Mom continued to be an active member of the church and even taught Sunday school. Their military journey allowed them to live in BC, Ontario, Quebec, and Nfld.
In 1969 mom became a nurse which led to an administrator position at Nickel Centre nursing home. Mom was incredibly dedicated and passionate. During this time, she continued her education in whatever capacity possible whether it was a course in law or labour relations, macrame or French. She volunteered for the Canadian Cancer Society, actively campaigned in all levels of politics and in many elections.
In 1987 at the age of 50, mom decided to change her career path once again. She became a travel consultant. Mom was the oldest student in her class and she loved that.
Mom had a zest for life that people responded to. She was incredibly kind and selfless. She was non judgemental and caring.
In 2010 mom had a devastating stroke. It took her voice and her body but not her mind or her spirit. It shone through in her smile and her eyes.
In 2021 mom said goodbye to her husband of 63 years.
Woodside Unit at Sunnyside LTC became mom's home for the last three years. The staff became family. We are incredibly grateful for this gift of pure love and admiration you all displayed. Thank you just isn’t enough.
Mom was cremated as per her wishes. A celebration of life will take place in Muskoka.
Mom had many charities she supported but, considering the current climate of the world, please just give your time, empathy, support and thought to help the people around you.