1928 – 2013
Alice Bertha Frizell passed away Sunday, September 29, 2013 at the Maplewood Hospice in Langley B.C., at the age of 84. Alice was born November 6, 1928 in Provost, Alberta, the eldest child of Evelyn Margaret Gordon and Robert William Burton. She was predeceased by her husband Thomas Neil Frizell and sister Ruth Veitch (Gordon) of Creston BC.
She is survived by daughters Louise Avent (Brian) of Richmond, B.C.; Barbara Van Dyke (Andy) of Duncan, B.C.; and Sharon Frizell (Al) of Cloverdale, B.C. She is also survived by her brothers, Bob Burton (June) of Kelowna, B.C. and Gordon Burton (Peggy) of Mt. Vernon, Washington. She will be missed by grandchildren Glenn Avent (Kathy) of Hastings, Nebraska; Michael Hickey (Jen) of Vancouver, B.C.; Julia Bergman (Dave) of Cobble Hill, B.C.; and remembered fondly by great-grandchildren Kaila and Nolan Avent, Tobin Bergman and Westen Hickey.
Alice had a strong work ethic and she was a talented artist whose hands were seldom idle. She was an accomplished florist, seamstress, knitter, quilter, crafter and gardener. She could master most anything she put her hand to.
Alice and Tom lived in Invermere for 40 years before they retired to Summerland, B.C. and later to Langley to be closer to family. Alice loved the wilderness and in the early years she enjoyed hunting, fishing, huckleberry picking and exploring the back roads of the East and West Kootenays. In later years her love of the wilderness and wildlife turned to an interest in conservation and habitat preservation.
Alice was cremated and will be interned with her parents and husband Tom in Creston, B.C. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Tributes in Alice’s memory can be made to any animal rescue, wildlife or habitat conservation society or charity of choice.