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Saturday December 1, 2012

HUNTER, Beth L. (Grimmer)

June 29 1928 - November 26 2012 A great lady who called a spade a spade. Feisty, funny, eloquent in English and French, articulate, out-spoken, well-read, versed and travelled, world news junkie, voluminous correspondent via email and snail mail, generous to myriad charities, Empress of grammar, Internet savvy, crossword puzzle wiz, Scrabble champ, family historian and best ever Grandmother. Life was on her terms; so too death, choosing no surgical intervention when presented with the diagnosis of a terminal illness on Nov 23. Stubborn and brave to the end, her legacy is her three children and their families: Su, Lantzville BC; Lee with partner Paul, Nanaimo BC; Tom and his wife Hui and their three children, Conrad, Zola & Brontë, Beijing. Beth will be remembered with esteem by legions of French students in Thunder Bay, with love by her sister Gail (Norm), and brothers John (Liette) & Bruce (Elaine) and a host of diverse and interesting friends from around the world. Her beloved cat Marley, ill and cranky, is making the trip with her, thus continuing their great friendship on to the next level. A celebration of her life will be held in the summer of 2013 on the shores of Departure Bay, Nanaimo. Per her request, her ashes, mingled with Marley's, will be scattered on the waters of the Pacific Ocean. The two will sail off into the wild blue yonder, together forever. Condolences: Donations: Palliative Care Unit, Nanaimo & District Regional Hospital Foundation or Médecins Sans Frontières

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