Elizabeth passed away at the age of 89. Born in Belfast,
Northern Ireland, she was the last of 9 siblings of the McKibben
family. She was predeceased by her husband Robert
(Bob) Massen in 1996.
Betty leaves behind her daughter Eileen (Robert
Ballantyne); son Danny (Donalda Serle); grandchildren Lisa
(Monty), Annette (Tony), Tyra (Gede) and Ryan; great-grandchildren
Jacquelyn, Kyle, Samuel and Kensie; two sistersin-
law, one brother-in-law and many nieces and nephews
in Ontario and Ireland. The Keeping family were also an
important part of her life.
Betty came to Canada in 1946, settling in Victoria with
Bob. She was a cashier, store owner and landlord. She went
to school to become a LPN and worked in several area
She was a volunteer with the Red Cross,
March of Dimes, with Cadboro Bay Cub Scouts
as Akela and her church. In 1991, Betty was
a cameraperson at Shaw TV for a local program
called “Managing Your Money”. Mom was a
seamstress, a knitter and a gardener. She learned
her work ethic building the Lancaster Bomber
aircraft in Belfast during WW11.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Monday, June
8 from 1-3 pm at the Lodge at Broadmead. No flowers
Donations may be made to the Alzeheimer Society of BC
or the Broadmead Care Society, in Elizabeth’s memory.