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By request, a private service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Betty’s memory to the Boundary Trails Health Centre Foundation.

Elizabeth (Betty) Duncan (nee Neudorf)
1930 ~ 2023

 

It is with a deep sense of sadness and loss that we announce the passing of Elizabeth (Neudorf) Duncan.  Elizabeth died in her sleep on the Morning of January 22, 2023 at the age of 92. 

Known to all as Betty, she was predeceased by her husband of 70 years, Jim. Betty was the second youngest of a large family that included one brother and five sisters. Betty’s memory will be cherished by her sons, Thomas, Alex and his wife, Pauline, Michael and his wife, Audrey, and Garth and his wife, Tina. Jim and Betty were blessed with eight grandchildren, Kanesa, Andrew, Nikita, Christopher, Derek, Kelsey, Sabina, and Hannah and three great-grandchildren, Laola, Ethan and Blake.

Betty was born in the Mennonite community of Rosthern, Saskatchewan on July 15, 1930. Soon after she was born, the family moved Austin, Manitoba where her parents owned and operated a small general store. When Betty was a teenager, the family moved to Morris, Manitoba and it was here that she graduated from high school. From Morris, Betty moved to Winnipeg to begin what she believed was to be a promising career with the Great West Life Insurance Company. However, in short order, life took a different direction. It was not long before a mutual friend introduced her to her husband to be Jim, and after a courtship of five months, they were married on April 10, 1950.

Life in rural Manitoba in the 1950’s had its challenges. In her first visit to the farm a few months before they married, Jim picked up Betty at the Thornhill Railway Station and because a snow storm had blocked the roads, Jim transported Betty to the farm home six miles distant in a horse drawn sleigh. Betty and Jim raised their four boys in a small country home.  The boys fondly remember Betty’s cooking and baking skills. From freshly baked bread, to donuts, and pastries, Betty’s cooking was renowned not just with her family but by neighbours and friends.

As the boys grew up, Betty began a career as a stenographer for the RCMP. She started part-time and first travelled to Manitou, and then later moved to full-time with the Morden RCMP. Her language skills came in handy as she was able to converse in low German to the Mennonite population in the area.

In their early thirties, Jim and Betty took up golf, and the rest, as they say, is history. They both developed a passion for the game that stayed with them into their 90’s. Betty was Jim’s equal in competitiveness and his superior in the short game. What she lacked off the tee, she made up for with her uncanny ability to drain putts from any distance on the greens. After retirement, Jim and Betty loved their winter vacations in the U.S., playing golf in Florida, Arizona, and Palm Springs. In addition to their golf vacations, Jim and Betty enjoyed an adventurous and energetic retirement, travelling to many exotic destinations including Egypt, Turkey, Europe, and Mexico. Jim and Betty loved to entertain guests in their beautiful home overlooking the Morden Golf Course, and enjoyed playing bridge with their friends and neighbours. In their later years they participated in the Morden Senior’s Centre bridge club.

 

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