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Wallace, Elizabeth "Betty"

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It is with heavy heart that we announce the passing of Elizabeth (Betty) Wallace (Maxwell) [Farquhar] on Friday January 14th, 2022, at the age of 94 two months shy of her 95th birthday. Elizabeth Mary Farquhar was born to Irish immigrants David James Farquhar and Isabel Farquhar on March 14th, 1927, on a farm at Tuxford, Saskatchewan. Elizabeth was blessed to have a younger sister Jean Farquhar (George Higham) and a brother James David Farquhar (Barbara). Later the Farquhar’s moved to Willows, SK and eventually settled in the Assiniboia, SK district to farm. Elizabeth attended school in Assiniboia and later was a graduate of “Normal School” in Moose Jaw and began a lengthy career teaching in various communities.

In 1950 she met Leonard Maxwell while on one of her teaching assignments and later were married in 1951 and moved to the family homestead farm in the Ormiston district. Together they farmed, raised cattle, taught school, and raised two children Leona & Stuart. Ever being active in the farm you may have met her on the road driving a grain truck, in the field running a tractor, possibly chasing cows, or plucking chickens. Wherever she was, she was always busy. Betty enjoyed her big garden as well as being a part of the community. Betty always made time for a summer vacation with her family. She especially enjoyed curling, playing whist, cribbage, 500, bridge, knitting, sewing, cooking and baking!  If you ever played cards or curled against her, she was especially happy getting the “W”!  She always enjoyed family visits and went out of her way to entertain.

Betty & Leonard retired from farming and moved to Moose Jaw in 1994 and enjoyed an active social life and visits with the grandkids. Sadly, her husband of 46 yrs. Leonard Maxwell passed away in 1996. Betty remained very active, and you could see her out walking, enjoying Crescent Park or at the Cosmo Center whipping someone into shape playing cards or attending one of her Grandson’s ball games. Betty later met & married Archie Kenneth Wallace a retired farmer from the Chamberlin area in 1999. They shared many trips, throughout America and Europe. Betty especially liked going to events down at "Timothy Eaton Center" playing various card games, attending local baseball and hockey events and volunteering at the Moose Jaw Hospital. One of their favorite outings together was the Burger Shack in the Wakamow valley. 

Betty was predeceased by her parents David & Isabel Farquhar, her in-laws John & Mary Maxwell, bother-in-law and sister-in-law Alice & Keith Hannah and their son Garnet Hannah (Eunice), her husband Leonard Maxwell in 1996, her brother James Farquhar in 2001, husband Kenneth Wallace in 2015, her loving grandson Joshua Ursu in 2019 and her sister Jean Higham in 2021, along with countless extended family, friends and neighbors. 

Betty will be sadly missed by her devoted daughter Leona (Ron Bennett), her son Stuart Maxwell (Linda Murphy), Grandson’s Michael Ursu, Matthew Ursu, Grand Daughter’s Fealding Maxwell (Matthew Scott), Farrell Wilkie (Joe Wilkie) and Great Grandson’s Brayden Ursu, Onyx & Oakland Wilkie, Abel Maxwell-Scott & Great Granddaughter Fynn Maxwell-Scott.  Step Granddaughter Stasia Gartner (Richard), their children Kadyn & Sylas, Step Grandson Steven Bennett (Sarah) and their children Cooper & Logan, her brother-in-law George Higham, his children, mother’s nieces and nephews Mary Campbell, Douglas Higham, David Higham, Isabel Moore and their extended families. Betty also leaves behind many of her extended Farquhar families Saranessa (Jim), Annaleen & Fred, Martin & Stephanie back in Ireland and the Farquhar’s in Saskatoon, Aiden, Gareth, Amy and families.

Elizabeth Mary (Betty) Wallace lived a full life and experienced so much from the horse and buggy, the depression, experiencing the Queens visit, WW2, challenges of farming, men landing on the moon, advancements in technology to Facetime as recent as this week. Betty will be sadly missed by so many and will be in our hearts and minds forever. We the family are thankful and blessed to have had her in our life. The dessert trays will never be the same at Thanksgiving & Christmas! 

We would also like to thank all of the staff at Providence Place for their wonderful caregiving in making Betty’s life as comfortable as possible. Flowers are gratefully declined, in-lieu of flowers please send your donations to Providence Place or your extended care home of your choice. 

Funeral arrangements will be made by Jones-Parkview Funeral Service and will be held on Saturday January 22nd at 1:00 p.m. 454 Hochelaga Street E Moose Jaw, SK. For those wishing to view the service online please click on the link https://youtu.be/XVeJeOHRshA

In living memory of Elizabeth, a memorial planting will be made by W.J. Jones & Son Funeral Home. Please sign the memorial register at website: www.jonesparkview.com (Obituaries). Chrystine Dacey, Funeral Director Intern