OBITUARY: Elsie Pickles
RCAF medals awarded
It is with sadness the family of Elsie Selena Pickles announces her passing on Tuesday May, 10, 2005.
Elsie was born July 5, 1920 in White Rock, B.C. to William Arthur Biggs and Frances Harriet Biggs (nee Cox).
She was predeceased by her parents, her brother Art and wife Sue, sister Edith and husband Vic Carson, and brothers-in-law Joe Ouellette and Les Murray.
Elsie joined the RCAF Women’s Division in 1941 and served until 1945. She was stationed in both Canada and overseas in Gander, New Foundland and worked as a chef.
She was awarded the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with clasp, Second World War Service Medal and Defense Medal.
She married Norman Arthur Pickles in Gander, Newfoundland on June 21, 1944.
Norm and Elsie served 30 years in the RCAF both in Canada and in Germany. After retirement, they settled in at 140 Mile House in 1971 and then moved into Williams Lake in 1990.
Elsie served in the 140 Mile House Women’s Institute. She was a Wolf Cub leader and very active in square dancing in Germany.
She is survived by her loving husband Norm, her sisters Dorothy Ouellette, Florence and husband Roy Pickles, and Anne Murray.
Also her daughters, Norma Selena and husband PatrickFarnon Senior, Eileen Joyce Wood, former husband Ron Barz, and Eileen’s sister Maryann Shirley, son David Arthur Pickles and seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Elsie is also survived by her adoptive son, Bakhtawar Singh Grewal and his wife Darshan,
Elsie is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and other family members.
A celebration of life barbecue was held in the afternoon, May 14, 2005 at her residence. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the charity of your choice.
Elsie will be loved and missed by all. May she rest in peace. She will be forever loved and in her family’s hearts.