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Mary Betty Elizabeth Golata (Moulton)

July 25, 1913 - October 27, 2014


It is with great sadness that the family of Elizabeth (Betty) Golata announce her passing on October 27, 2014 at the age of 101 years, 3 months She was born in Vancouver, B. C. On July 25, 1913, to Blanche and Ross Moulton.. As a fledgling teacher she moved to the Peace River area of BC in 1934, to teach in a one room schoolhouse near Dawson Creek. There, she met and married Frank Golata, a marriage which lasted 37 years until his passing in 1972. During much of that time, she lived in a 3-room log house Frank had built. They had no electricity for 13 years, and never did have running water in the house. It was a lovely time of her life. She became very active in the social life of the community: she belonged to the local Women’s Institute, and was the last survivor of a small group of people who founded, in the 1940s, the Lake View Credit Union in Dawson Creek, now one of the largest in BC. After her marriage, she taught when needed. One of her jobs after World War II, was to travel from one rural school to another teaching untrained teachers. Eventually she moved into the town of Dawson Creek to join the staff of South Peace Jr – Sr High School where she taught Commerce and was senior girls’ counselor until the late 50s when she and Frank retired to Shuswap Lake. They lived in a house on the lakeshore and spent a large amount of time entertaining guests, children and grandchildren for summer-long visits, She substituted at local schools, again became very involved with the BC Women’s Institute, becoming provincial president. After Frank’s death, she moved to Victoria and at the BC Provincial Museum discovered the joys of being a volunteer. Later yet, on her 80th birthday, she moved to Nelson to be nearer her family, became a “grandfriend” at Hume school, and an active participant at the swimming pool, and started an endless program at the museum: that of recording and filing all the obituaries of people who have lived in this area since Nelson was incorporated. She was a person who did things and made things happen. She twice swam across Shuswap Lake, while she was in her sixties. She still shoveled the snow from her driveway when she was 94. She was instrumental in establishing a free short-term parking spot in front of the Capitol Theatre, and at the age of 90, was the first person to receive a lifetime membership to the community recreation swimming pool. Less than a month ago, she still went to the museum to work on her project. She leaves to mourn her passing her daughter Frances, son-in-law, Lorne Nicolson, grandsons Sean Nicolson, and Cameron Nicolson, Cam’s wife Susan Rutherford, Sean’s step-daughter, Dana Dickinson-Sampson, as well as friends and students from all stages of her life. She requested that there be no service. She will be remembered as a strong, vital, social woman who loved children, and was incredibly active both physically and socially, in her community. She was an “inspiration” to all who knew her. She had a good life and one to be proud of. The Nicolson family would like to thank the people who smoothed her way through her later life: Drs. Ross McKay, Paul Walker, Kevin McKechnie and Trevor Janz, the staff of Mountain Lake Assisted Living program and finally, the nurses and aides of Diamond cottage, particularly Pattie Palmer, and Laurie Steele. .


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From: Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff

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From: Patti Palmer
Relation: I was her nurse, but also family friend

A beautiful lady thru and thru, she will be truly missed.

From: Joyce and Ken Richardson Pat Blackstock Stew hicks
Relation: Long standing friend

We’re toasting a dear friend who lived life to the fullest and was always game for a new adventure.
We will cherish the memories of her presence at our family celebrations and the spirited conversations that took place.
Love to Frances, Lorne and the grandsons

From: June Spearman
Relation: I was a frequent visitor at Diamond Cottage

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From: Dewan Callahan
Relation: student and friend

I need to borrow from Shakespeare. “Her life was gentle, and the elements so mix”d in her that Nature might stand up and say to all the world ‘this was a woman!’

From: John Callahan
Relation: Jr and Snr Highschool Teacher

Mrs. Golata was a fine lady. Indeed, beautiful. My family and I were privileged to know her.

From: Mary-Ann Rayside
Relation: friend

I am so sorry to get notice of your Mom’s death Francis. I am leaving tomorrow for Montreal to attend my Mother’s funeral. She died on Tuesday at 94. We are both in mourning but I am happy for my Mother. Your Mom had a good life and an exceptional daughter.

From: Tricia Sylvester
Relation: Relationship - How did you know the deceased?

She was a wonderful lady. I knew her when she was a grand friend in my Grade 5 class at Hume school. I have some good memories from our grade 5 Calgary trip. She will be missed.

From: Christine Ransom (nee Lockerby) (Kelowna)
Relation: family friend

Our family knew Betty and Frank when they lived on the Shuswap Lake and maintained the connection when Betty moved to Nelson. I remember Betty having an amazing memory for history and a strong commitment to community. She had a zest for life and a wonderful sense of humour. Strong, vital,and social aptly describes my memories of her. She used to swim regularly with our sister Janice and I recall the time she first swam across Shuswap Lake. She truly was an extraordinary woman who lived life to the fullest ! Condolences to the family at this time.

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