November 3, 1941 - June 25, 2023
In loving memory ~
The family of Elizabeth Greene is sad to announce her passing in Kamloops on June 25, 2023, peacefully with family at her side. Predeceased by her life partner Bertram Plimer, her parents, Robert & Helen Greene of Rossland, her siblings, Ken Greene, of Rossland and Judy Rowsell (Robert) of Smithers, survived by brothers John Greene (Cate) and Rick Greene (Sue) of Rossland and sister Nancy Raine (Al) of Sun Peaks, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Elizabeth (Liz) grew up in a large skiing family in Rossland, British Columbia. Her childhood was full of outdoor adventures, and her school years were full of fun and scholastic achievements. Elizabeth won several Canadian junior ski championships and competed for Canada in the 1960 Squaw Valley Olympics at the age of 18. Having put University scholarships on hold to participate in the Olympics, Liz then chose a path of higher education, eventually leading to degrees in physical education, recreation, and public administration.
Liz worked on the political campaign for Canada's first indigenous Member of Parliament, Len Marchand of Kamloops. She then moved to Ottawa where she worked in Len's parliamentary office and became a friend to the Marchand family. After getting her degree in Public Administration, Elizabeth began a very successful career in public service, working on interesting assignments in various departments including Health, the Treasury Board and National Revenue.
Liz and Bert had an active social life in Ottawa, leaving many friends with fond memories. They travelled extensively, often on special bird-watching trips while also collecting antiques and eventually working on an extensive collection built around the search for the Sir John Franklin expedition.
Following the passing of her husband in 2010, Elizabeth moved back to British Columbia and was a long-time resident in the Kamloops Seniors Village where she dealt with Alzheimer's with grace and courage. The family would like to thank the staff at the Kamloops Seniors Village who became Liz's extended family through the years, with special thanks to Brenda Thompson who gave her companionship when it was most needed.
A private gathering is planned in July at the Greene family summer place on Kootenay Lake, where the family will celebrate a life well lived. We will remember the happy times that Liz shared with her soulmate Bert and be grateful that they are together again.
Rest in Peace.