Margaret (Betty) Dufour

With much love and many wonderful memories, we regret the passing of Betty Dufour (nee Clark).

She was born in Vancouver January 6, 1923 and died peacefully at home in Qualicum Beach January 28, 2016.

At age 13 her family moved to Kimberley, where she graduated High School, and later attended UBC.

In 1945 she married Ian (Buster) Dufour and lived in Fernie and Sparwood until retiring to Qualicum Beach in 1988. Buster was a superintendent for the Crowsnest Pass Coal Company, and Betty worked many years as a teacher at Sparwood Secondary School. They were ardent golfers and curlers, until Buster passed away in 1989.

Qualicum Beach became her very special coastal home and she enjoyed many years of golf and duplicate bridge with long time companion Jim Dixon. She also loved the company and proximity of her immediate and extended family.

Betty was a remarkable woman who embodied wit and wisdom. She possessed a keen eye for the human condition which was fostered by a lifelong attentiveness to local and global affairs and a sensitivity to the fragility of our planet. She was particularly proud of her legacy to her Sparwood students, giving them enduring skills in tailoring, sewing, and nutrition.

She is survived by partner Jim, and daughters, Pat Jacobson (Cliff) of Qualicum Beach, and Barbara Anderson (Don) of Alert Bay, three Vancouver grandchildren, Jennifer (Joe), Bryan (Ellie), and Donald Anderson; along with many cousins, nephews and nieces.

No service by request. Family and friends will have a memorial gathering to remember Betty at a later date.

If you would like to make a donation in Betty’s memory, it may be made to Wildsight, Kimberley, B.C. at or to a charity of your choice.

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