In Celebration of
Ethel Elizabeth Edwards
December 14, 1920 -
February 9, 2018
Ethel (Liz) Elizabeth Edwards (nee Davis)
Peacefully on February 9, 2018, after a long life that was anything but boring.
She is survived by her four daughters: Lisa Cogan (Fred), Penny Hopkins (Doug), Cathy Lofgreen (Hans), Vicki Edwards (Bob Dawson, deceased), nine grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.
Ethel (Liz) was born in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, on December 14, 1920. Her family moved to Montreal in the early 1920s where she grew up in N.D.G. and St Lambert. She loved her summers on Lake Memphramagog , at Well’s Beach in Maine and at her family’s farmhouse in the Eastern Townships.
She married (Major General) Gerry Edwards on January 27, 1943 and supported him in a successful 36 year career in the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). She loved air force life which took her to the Canadian West, Washington, D.C., England and many communities in Ontario and Quebec.
She introduced Gerry and her daughters to cottage life on Lake Papineau (Ontario) where the family spent many long and happy summer holidays.
After Gerry retired, they moved to Sydney, near Victoria on Vancouver Island, where they reconnected with many RCAF friends who had also retired there. In her latter years she lived in Ottawa, enjoying her friends and family, the Ottawa Little Theatre and her volunteer work at the Queensway Carleton Hospital. She moved to Trenton in 2016 and Belleville in 2017.
She will be remembered for her quick wit and ready laugh, her lively air force parties and her afghans.
The family is thankful for the kind and thoughtful care of Dr. Pahrbaker in Ottawa, Dr. Martin in Trenton and Dr. MacLeod in Belleville, and for the ongoing support from staff at Lynwood Park Lodge, Seasons Dufferin Centre and Hastings Manor. The family also thanks Joan Grayer, Christina Hewitt and Leah Valiquette for the personal care they provided.
Friends and family are invited to celebrate Ethel’s life on Saturday February 17th at Beechwood Funeral Cemetery and Cremation Services, 280 Beechwood Ave. (east of Vanier Parkway) from 3 to 5pm.
A private family gravesite service will be held at another time.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ottawa Humane Society, Christie Lake Kids (Ottawa) or a charity of your choice.