Elizabeth (Betts) Ann Blight

Feb 2, 1944 - April 11, 2019

Betts Sept 2018


Click here for Google map directions to Oakville Silver Threads Senior Center , 207 4 St, Oakville, MB R0H 0Y0

To get to the Cemetery from the Senior centre, exit the town of Oakville to the west, take Hwy 13 north to the Transcanada, cross the Transcanada, it now turns into hwy 430, continue north, cemetery on the right side, 6.5km from town about 20 mins

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After a brief battle with cancer, Elizabeth passed away unexpectedly.

Predeceased by her parents William Clifford Blight 1994, Elizabeth (Burt) Agnes Blight 1983, sister in law Donna Margaret Louise Blight, nephew David Clifford Blight and niece in law Lori May Blight. Left to cherish her memories are her brother Bill Blight, nephew Stephen and his family (Donna, Jordan, Jared, Brea , and Riley), and nephew David’s family (Marzena, Henryk, and William).

Betts was born in Toronto while her father was training bombers during WWII.  After the war, the family settled in Regina.

Betts attended Herchmer and Benson schools in Regina. From a young age she was interested in the arts, taking ballet lessons and following in her mother's footsteps to become a meticulous craftswoman. Her interest in the arts was supported at home where her parents collected the paintings of local artists. Both in high school and university, she directed plays and took a leadership role in campus activities. A highlight of her High School years was being bridesmaid at her brother Bill’s wedding.

Bett’s interest in history included assisting her parents and a group of interested Regina people in excavating the remains of a lost Hudson Bay Fort near Silton, Saskatchewan.

Betts was in the first graduating class that convocated at Regina Campus where her father was the Registrar.  He was able to personally present her with her degree. With her undergraduate degree completed, her sense of adventure eventually took her to England where she spent a year working for the Bank of Montreal and absorbing all that Britain had to offer.  She returned to Regina to complete an Honours degree, moving then to Manitoba where her brother Bill and his family had settled. She was hired as an archivist with Archives of Manitoba (1967-2009) and also worked with the Association for Manitoba Archives.

She spent lots of time with her brother’s family at Falcon lake and various family vacations across Canada. She was also active with extended family activities in the Angusville and Oakville areas and did some traveling to destinations including Cuba, Jamaica, China and most of Canada.

With her red hair and height, Betts stood out in any crowd. She was always interested in the people she met along the way and she was a loyal friend to those privileged to have her in their


After her retirement she continued with her passion for history, art, good food, friends, British TV shows, plates with photos and ornamental pigs.

In January she was diagnosed with cancer and moved in with Stephen, Donna and Brea.  She very much enjoyed all the visits and emails/phone calls from everyone.

A service is being planned for May 4/2019 at 1pm in Oakville, Manitoba at the Seniors Hall (207 4 St, Oakville, MB R0H 0Y0). Family and friends are invited to attend.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Manitoba Historical Society or Cancer Care Manitoba.


Newspaper highlight - Snap judgement

"For more than 40 years, archivist Elizabeth Blight has been monitoring Manitoba's past through photographs" from Winnipeg Free Press, 4/4/2009

Other interesting highlights

December, 2009, AMA presented Elizabeth Blight with an honourary membership in recognition of her service and leadership in the Association and to the development of Manitoba’s archival community.