Betty Ann Lamport of Ilderton (formerly of Usborne Township) died at 2:05pm on May 19, 2020 with her best friends at her side: Glen Lamport, her beloved husband of 37 years, and Jean Varey, her cherished confidant of 65 years. Betty Ann’s leave-taking was full of strength and care and love.
Medical trauma was part of Betty Ann’s life from the time she was a teenager until her last days. That her final hospital stay occurred during a global pandemic proves either that Betty Ann continued to have the absolute worst medical luck ever or that she embodied a flare for the dramatic right to the end. Of course, Betty Ann was more than her health problems. Her life was filled with other things: school, marriage, divorce, re-marriage, work, parenting, step-parenting, grand-parenting. She was the very best of parents. She was an elementary school secretary and later, with Glen, farm owner-operator. She was also a daughter, sister (part of that infamous band of Young siblings), aunt, friend, and human companion to her sweet dog, Zoey.
After Betty Ann and Glen retired, RV life allowed them to hit the road together, travelling all over Canada, the US, and Mexico. Their journey to Alaska remained their absolute favourite adventure. Betty Ann lived her life fully and completely, finding and giving joy wherever possible.
There are no words and too many words for what Betty Ann meant and will continue to mean to all of us. In the notes and phone calls we’ve received since her death, her people have described her as a “singular soul,” “life force,” “wonderful storyteller,” and “great listener.” She had “beautiful eyes,” “an “infectious smile,” a “curious mind,” and an “enduring grace.” She was the “strongest woman who ever was.”
We’d like to thank the doctors and nurses at University Hospital who cared for Betty Ann in emergency, ICU, general medicine, and palliative care in her final few days. Covid-19 is making their already demanding jobs even more difficult, and we appreciate their efforts to keep us informed and connected.
Betty Ann has been cremated and there will be a private burial in Exeter Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Humane Society of London and Middlesex or to My Sister’s Place, two organizations close to her heart, are welcome. Haskett Funeral Home, LUCAN entrusted with arrangements (519-227-4211).
When the pandemic ends, we will gather family and friends for a proper party to celebrate her in style. In the meantime, we invite you to hold her close with us, despite physical distancing, and to imagine her throwing her head back and laughing that distinctive Betty Ann laugh, pain-free and assuring us all we’ll be okay.
“I summon you now / Not to think of / The ceaseless battle / With pain and ill health, / The frailty and the anguish. / No, today I remember / The creator, / The lion-hearted.” (May Sarton)