Edith Elizabeth Crispin (nee Rogers) Born in Tosorontio Township, Ontario on October 7, 1904. Died in Prince George, BC September 19, 2012, just 18 days shy of her 108th birthday. Edith lived an amazing life spanning more than a century. Raised near Regina, Sask, she left the farm as a teenager to work as a nanny and finish her education in the city. She met and married Roy, her husband of 56 years in December 1927. The Dust Bowl of the dirty thirties pushed them to head north with their three small children to homestead near Prince Albert, Sask. Some of Edith's fondest memories were of the frequent get-togethers of the young families in the area. They moved to West Arrow Lake, BC, in 1936, where Edith discovered the "running water" her new house came with was a creek out back. The family eventually settled in Burnaby, where Edith and Roy remained until building a retirement home on Mayne Island. They spent their later years back in the Lower Mainland and wintered in Hemet, California, where Edith began painting, a hobby that lasted well into her nineties. She moved to Prince George in 2008 to be nearer family support. Such a long life is not without loss, and Edith was predeceased by Roy, her two sons, Douglas and Ross, granddaughter Shelley, and great-granddaughter Michelle. She is survived by sister Florence Leippi, daughter Beryl Villa-Gomez, grandchildren Ted Crispin, Terry (Mike) Checkley, Tom (Cheryl) Crispin, Doug Wentz and Darlene (Wayne) Rankin, several great and great-great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Edith was blessed with amazing recall and we will miss hearing of her many happy memories of family, friends and travel. No formal service at Edith's request, but family and friends are welcome to gather at Valley View Memorial Gardens in Surrey, B.C. for the interment on Friday, September 28 at 11:00 a.m. when she will be laid to rest beside Roy after 29 years of separation. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the CNIB or the Red Cross equipment loan program.
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Published in The Prince George Citizen on September 22, 2012