It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Mary
Elizabeth (Betty) Steeves of Riverview, born August 25, 1936 in
Hillsborough, the eldest of four children of the late Honourable Percy
Hugh Steeves and Constance (Richards) Steeves.
Elizabeth left home to attend the University of New Brunswick
in 1954. While an undergraduate, she joined the University Reserve
Squadron of the Royal Canadian Air Force, and after graduation was
posted in Nottinghamshire, England. Travelling through Europe sparked
her lifelong love of travel, and her special affinity for Greece. She
returned to Canada in 1959.
Elizabeth was a devoted high school teacher, librarian and
special educator for 35 years. During that time, she taught in
Campbellton, Sackville, Petitcodiac and Salisbury. Throughout
southeastern New Brunswick, she could be seen proudly sporting her
metallic blue Mustang.
Elizabeth was committed to giving back to her community,
beginning a student bursary and donating to many community causes. She
loved children’s stories and family history, and as an avid
CBC radio listener was well versed in world events. Elizabeth had an
infectious laugh and was never afraid to share her opinions. While her
favourite colour was yellow, she also had a penchant for purple
– her hair colour of choice at least one high school
Elizabeth’s family, both close and extended, was
very dear to her. She was unceasingly loving to her brothers, their
children and grandchildren, cherishing their visits, and kept in touch
with her many cousins. She also maintained close friendships that
Elizabeth was predeceased by her brother Hugh Richards (Dick)
Steeves. She is survived by brothers Maxwell Steeves and Lester
Steeves, as well as five nieces and nephews and many grandnieces and
grandnephews, and will be deeply missed by them all.
Thanks goes to Nancy and Mo Mercier and their family who were
devoted to Elizabeth and she to them. We are also grateful to the care
providers who lovingly supported Elizabeth.
A graveside service will be held at
Gray’s Island Cemetery, Hillsborough on Saturday, June 3,
2023 at 11:00am. Immediately following the graveside service there
will be a reception held at the Hillsborough Baptist Church Gymnasium,
26 Braam Cres. Hillsborough. Donations in
Elizabeth’s memory may be made to St. George’s
Anglican Church, Moncton.