February 17, 1940 – October 14, 2015
After a long, courageous fight with COPD, Betty succumbed to her illness on October 14, 2015 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Comox, B.C.
She is predeceased by her mother Sarah (Black) Dieter, her father William Dieter, her sister, Joan (Dieter) Peck, her brother, Bill Dieter, and her second husband, Neil Boyle.
She was loved and will be deeply missed by her two daughters Sarah and Rachel Mayworm, her step-daughter Kay Jackson, her niece Toni Peck, and her grandnephew and grandniece Weston and Haley Burnett. She was blessed to have many caring and supportive friends and neighbors and will be sorely missed by everyone who knew her.
Among her endearing qualities was her sassy wit, her deep support and love for her children, her strong care for her animals, and her artistic talent. She was always available and supportive, except it was known not to call between 7:30 and 8:00 pm, as watching Jeopardy was never to be missed.
Born in Bridgeport Connecticut, Betty was the daughter of an airplane engineer. At a young age, her family moved to Whittier, California, where she grew up and then spent most of her life in Southern California. As a young girl, she developed a deep love for horses and maintained that passion throughout her life. A natural beauty, as a young woman she modeled part time and even made it into the finals of the Miss California contest. In 1970 she married her first husband, Russell Mayworm, had two daughters and devoted herself to being a full-time mother. In 1992, she married her second husband, Neil Boyle, a well-established artist. Under his wing, she developed her own strong artistic talent and it didn’t take long for her to be recognized in her own right. In 2002, they moved to Comox Valley for “retirement”, where they established themselves quite quickly in the community and local art scene. Betty’s work has been shown in many galleries and she was a member of several art clubs where she made many friends.
A special thank you to her doctor, Dr. Woldnik of Cumberland, whose compassionate care not only medically, but emotionally, helped support Betty’s strong desire to function independently as long as possible.
Betty’s wishes were to be cremated and to not have a service. Rest in peace, Betty. You were, and will continue to be, deeply loved .