F. Bertha Babcock
With great sadness we announce the passing of Florence "Bertha" Babcock, 94, of Elgin, at the Jordan Life Care Centre on Wednesday, February 27, 2019.
Born on October 29, 1924 in Mapleton, she was the daughter of the late Weldon and Dorothy (Smith) Stiles and widow of Claude Babcock (1995).
Bertha married Claude in 1944 and enjoyed her life as a farmer’s wife on the century old Babcock farm where she raised her 3 sons. Very hospitable to all who came to their door.
Also creative, she knit, did needlework and made beautiful quilts. Another love was nurturing either her vegetable garden or her flowers, especially red geraniums.
In later years, she travelled with her beloved sister, Laura, to England, the Yukon and to Churchill to see the polar bears.
Bertha had a deep spiritual faith and loved her Goshen/Elgin church family.
Bertha will be lovingly remembered by her sons, Robert (Linda) of Petitcodiac and Winston (Bev) of Steeves Mtn; grandchildren, Alicia Toft-Hansen (Henrik) of Denmark, Susan Allain (Mike) of Dieppe, and Stephen Babcock of Steeves Mtn; great-grandchildren, Markus, Hannah and Justin Toft-Hansen and Brayden Allain; brother-in-law, Loyal Brace; and many nieces and nephews.
Bertha was the last surviving member of her immediate family. In addition to her parents and husband, Bertha was predeceased by her eldest son, Walter (2016); grandson, Ryan (1991); sisters, Louise Brace, Laura Hoar (Gerald); and brother, Ralph (Elsbeth) Stiles.
Resting at Armstrong's Funeral Chapel, 33 Russell Street (756-3361) visiting is Friday, March 1st from 3:30 to 6:30 pm. Funeral Service will be held at the First Elgin United Baptist Church on Saturday, March 2nd at 2:30pm with Pastor James Hammond and Pastor Rick Mitton officiating. Interment at Goshen Cemetery in the spring.
Donations to Goshen Cemetery, Heart and Stroke Foundation or a charity of donor’s choice would be appreciated by the family.