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Elizabeth Jane Richards (1935 - 2023)



O Fortunate Heaven

Set out a pretty tea  -

Raspberry scones and lemony sweets.

The softest white linens, a bright painted tablecloth.

Blossom teacups and delicate spoons.

A dainty centre of fresh meadow flowers

And tree branches, opening to bloom.

Place the best silver, a Tewkesbury sugar.

Then open the door to a soft breeze

With eternal summer on its fingertips.

O Fortunate Heaven, you are,

To welcome her light today.



We are very sad to announce that our beloved mother and grandmother Elizabeth Jane Richards (nee Gardam) has passed away on July 29, 2023. She is sorely missed by Laurence, her husband of 67 years, and her children Sally, Penny (Ken), David (Denise), Janet, Jennifer and Sandy and grandchildren Sarah, Meaghan, Shea and Rowan. She was predeceased by sons-in-law Greg (Sally) and Bob (Jennifer). A large extended family and dear friends join us in our loss. Elizabeth was a teacher and librarian who inspired others with her passion for learning, reading, and gardening. She tended family moments in the kitchen with love and patience and encouraged us all to ask questions, try new things and to celebrate life’s precious moments. She loved us completely. We will be celebrating her life on Saturday, August 26, 2023 in Mill Bay. We ask those who wish to send flowers to please consider a donation instead to the Canadian Cancer Society for whom Elizabeth was a dedicated volunteer for many years.

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