Betty Rae Bildson (nee Sweet), in her 85th year, left the physical world on December 30th, 2018 in the embrace of her daughters and surrounded by the love of her entire family, after a brief but critical illness which she met with courage and grace.
Predeceased by her adored and loving husband Gerald Ivan (Gerry) Bildson in 2006, it gives great peace and comfort to know that they have been reunited and the bond they shared that knew no bounds, lives on forever. Betty was an exceptional and loving mother to Beverley (Fraser) McFarlane, Catherine (Jack) Cardoso and Paula (Eyan) Wheatley. Her love for, pride in, and complete dedication to her children easily transcended to her grandchildren who were her greatest joy in life. She will never be forgotten and always be loved by Brittany McFarlane (Galen Burrows), Scott McFarlane (Rebecca) and Justin Cardoso. She also loved her role as step-grandmother in the lives of Earyn (Emma), Evan and Ryan (Jenna) Wheatley.
Betty was born December 10th, 1934 in Sweet’s Corners, Ontario to parents Ray Wing Sweet and Zella Lee (Slack). Betty was the youngest of a large family and will be together again with her beloved brothers and sisters who have gone ahead. She is survived by one sister, Joan Tanton, of Puerto Vallarta Mexico. She also loved her extended family and has many treasured nieces and nephews.
Betty’s love of family was without measure but she was also a much loved friend to so many. She gave selflessly to others her entire life and will be missed by so many people whose friendship she treasured.
Betty was a kindergarten teacher and also an accomplished pianist, singer and square dancer, a passion she shared with her husband for many years. Music always gave her great pleasure as did her faith and her church community. She sang for many years with the St. Andrews Presbyterian Church Choir, was a member of the Women’s Missionary Society, and was a faithful long-time volunteer and auxiliary member at the Huntsville District Memorial Hospital. Betty recently received the Ontario Provincial Life Membership award from the Hospital Auxiliaries Association of Ontario presented in Toronto.
Those whose lives have been touched by Betty are blessed to have been a part of her life. She was someone who lived her values, always put others needs first and demonstrated what true love and dedication really means. She has set an example and left a legacy of goodness and love for all of us.
The family would like to thank the staff and physicians at the Huntsville District Memorial Hospital and Southlake Regional Health Center for their expert, compassionate and family centered care.
Visitation will be held at the Mitchell Funeral Home, 15 High Street, Huntsville on Friday, January 4, 2019 from 2 – 4 p.m.
A Memorial Service will be held at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 1 High Street, Huntsville on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at 11 a.m. with a reception to follow in the church hall.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Huntsville Hospital Auxillary would be appreciated.
Sending my heartfelt thoughts and prayers to you all today. Unfortuneatly I will not be there to see you all in person, as 2 out of my 3 children have come down with the stomach flu. May I personally send to you all, Paula, Cathy, Bev and to your families my sincere condolences for the loss of your dear mom, Betty.
Love to all,
Manny & Tammi Kathryn de Lima
I knew your mom since you and I (Cathy) became friends in grade 5. In all that time, your mom was always sweet and kind and such a classy lady. I have so many good memories of playing at your house and staying for dinner.(yumm-she was a great cook) She will be missed. Thinking of all of you at this difficult time.
Lisa Witvoet ( Hildebrand)
She was a beautiful lady who raised a beautiful family. Praying for you all as you grieve.
Bev and family…our thoughts are with you at this sad time.We know how much you loved your mom and cherished her.l was so lucky to have met her one of the times she was visiting you here in smiths falls…..and l will always remember the delicious cookies that she baked and sent for me…..So reading about your mother in her obituary l sure know why you-are the special person you are today..Thinking of everyone.Diana and Ted Mallory and Ruby Sands.
Dear Cathy….I am very sorry to hear about the death of your Mother. I feel very Blessed to have met your Mother a few times in the 1990s. Then a few years ago I traveled to Huntsville with friends, where we visited her at her lovely condominium. l again remember, about 4 years ago, when you visited Kingston with your mother and sister, and Jane and I had a nice meal and visit with you. I will always remember her gentleness and warm heart.
I am thinking of you and your sisters at this time…..Much love to you all, and your families.
Harvey & Verna Rickward
This is to Betty’s family
We k new your Mother and Dad through square dancing .They both where very lovely people .Sorry for the loss of your Mother
Harvey &Verna Rickward
Thoughts and prayers for you all and your family, during such a difficult time. ❤️
Cathy, Paula and Bev:
We were so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. Betty was a great lady – sadly missed but lovingly remembered.
Holly, Tracy, Sydney & Ann
So terribly sad to hear this news. Such a special lady with an abundance of kindness and class. We extend our sympathies to her much loved daughters and their families. Ross & Diane
Dear Bev, Cathy, Paula and family I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your wonderful Mom! To have raised such amazing daughters tells me all I need to know about your Mom. My thoughts will be with you at this difficult time.
To the Bildson family…..Betty was a real lady and she will be missed by all who knew her.
Sandy and John
Very very sorry to hear of your mother,s passing. Your mother will be missed by many and especially you Bev because I know how close you and she were. You will have your mother’s presence always in your mind and heart. Let that knowledge make you even stronger.
Kathy, Bev, Paula and families: It was with deep sadness that Grace and I learned of your Mom’s passing. How fitting that you were all with her, the one who gave you life, when she quietly slipped into the presence of her Heavenly Father, all pain and troubles gone in exchange for eternal joy and peace. Your Mom (and Dad) were such friendly and engaging individuals whose warmth and love brought hope and happiness to all those they met. As you mourn your Mom’s loss be assured of God’s comforting presence in your hearts. “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in time of trouble.” Psalm 46:1 As you recall your Mom’s life and times with family and friends in the days ahead, you will realize the truth of the beatitude that says “Blessed are they that mourn for they shall be comforted.” With love and prayers for all, Gary and Grace Denniss
Lloyd and Gloria Bildson
Our thoughts today are with Beverley, Cathy ,Paula and family in the loss of your dear mom and our sister in law. We will always remember our happy times together and her gentle beauty and thoughtful ways . We think of her in God’s loving presence and her joyfullness in joining Gerald.
Linda Ann & David Jewell
Dear Paula, Cathy & Bev and all the family,
We were shocked to read of your mom’s passing on Doppler and are so sorry that she is no longer with us. Betty was such a wonderful gentle Christian lady who will be missed by all who knew her. May God keep you in the palm of His hand at this difficult time.
Love, Linda Ann & David Jewell
Dear Bev, Paula and Cathy, Our deepest condolences to you all. We’ve had some lovely visit in the Hospital hallways lately and Betty always filled us in on all the family going’s on !! She was a charming and careing woman and she will be missed but it is a comfort to k ow she is with her beloved Gerry. Love to all,
Peter and Marg
A remarkably loving woman whose deep Christian faith was lived daily, out of the spotlight. Betty was very genuine, true in her love and care of others. Paula, Cathy, Bev – our hearts go out to you and your immediate and extended families in the mixed sorrow and peace of your loss. We hope you are comforted and sustained by her legacy in love and character. Many are better for having known your Mom. Sincerely, Anna-Lise & Peter Kear
Dear Bev, Cathy and Paula and family,
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Aunt Betty was a very special person and dear Aunt. I just got her Christmas Card before we left for Guatemala. She was always thinking of us. I will miss being there for the funeral but my thoughts will be with you.
Jane and Garry Radey
Cathy, Bev and Paula,
Heartfelt condolences to you and your families. Our thoughts are with you.
Jane and Garry
Joan and Joe McKay
Paula.. So very Sorry for the loss of your Dear Mother ♡ hugs ♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡ take care…
Joan and Joe
Betty Ann Spears
Betty was a wonderful person and special friend who will be missed by all. Thoughts and prayers go out to all of her family
Bev, Paula and families,
So very sorry for your loss.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all in this difficult time.
Sharon Mann and family
Sharon Mann and family
So very sorry for your loss.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
I felt a special closeness to Aunt Betty, her love for her family was immense. I will miss her.
Bev Cathy and Paula
Please accept my deepest condolences in this difficult time. I will remember your Mom so very fondly.
Big hugs and thoughts
Connie and Christian Krille
So sorry for the loss of your Mom.
Derek & Cathy
❤️Our hearts go out to you , Paula , Cathy and the rest of the family. We were so sad to hear about Aunt Betty. The blessing is that she is at Peace with your Dad, her parents and siblings . I am sure your Aunt Beryl was there to meet her along with your Dad. They had a very special relationship . Our love to all ❤️
Derek & Cathy
So sorry for your loss. Thinking of you❤️
Aubrey G. Bildson
My sister in law, a real lady, never said a bad word about anyone.Three things in her life were important, her trust in the Lord, her love for husband Gerald, then love for her children Beverly, Cathy ,Paula and all her grandchildren. Now after 12 years she will be with the love of her life Gerald.
Katie & Trevor Zammit
Lots of love to Cathy, Paula & Bev and the rest of the family.
Betty was a very caring and loving Aunt, her nieces and nephews were a very important part of her life and we are very blessed to have her in our lives. You will be very missed Aunt Betty.
I served Her for Many Years at Robinsons Independent Deli We allways had a nice conversation about our Children and Grandchildren She genuinely cared Lovely Woman
Betty was one of my favourite aunts. Many was the time that she and Gerry made me welcome in their house! I will miss you, Aunt Betty!
Doug, Bonita & Helen Austin
We will truly miss Betty. Her warm smile and charm will forever be in our hearts.
My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I had many great visits with your mom over the past year or so particularly. She was truly an amazing lady.
As one of her many neices, I always felt her love and genuine interest in my life.
She was a gem.