Elizabeth Ann Axelson

May 7, 1944January 11, 2014
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Elizabeth Ann Axelson (nee Loper) peacefully passed away on January 11, 2014, surrounded by family and friends at the Abbotsford Regional Cancer Hospital. She was 69. Elizabeth was born in Seattle, WA on May 7, 1944 to Lincoln and Eleanor Loper. She was raised and educated in Bellevue and she attended the University of Washington, Seattle, where she received her B.Ed. in 1966.

Elizabeth (Liz) met her husband, Jim, while attending university and they were married on August 17, 1968 in Bellevue, WA. The couple moved to Buffalo, NY, where she taught elementary school while Jim completed his Ph.D. at the SUNY@ Buffalo. Upon completion, the couple moved back West where Jim taught and did research in pharmaceutical sciences at UBC. They began their family resulting in three children, Daniel, Christopher and Joanna.

Liz was wonderfully artistic whether she was in the kitchen crafting specialty breads or creating her wonderful artistic quilts using fabrics she colored. Liz had a gift for bringing out the creative best in herself and those around her. As a member of several local quilt guilds, she inspired others and her family with her colorful creations. A woman of indomitable spirit she created several beautiful baby quilts despite her recent and final illness. She was a true inspiration to all who knew and loved her. The absolute delights of Liz’s life were her grand children who gave her strength and hope during her final illness.

Elizabeth is survived by her husband of 45 years, Jim, at their home in Aldergrove, B.C. Sons, Daniel, Aldergrove, BC Christopher (Justyna) of Richmond, BC, and daughter Joanna (Jesper) Nilsson of Port Coquitlam, BC. Grandchildren, Ava Axelson, Gustav Nilsson, and Sixten Nilsson. Siblings, Susan Laigo of Seattle, Greg Loper (Dorothy) of Bellevue, and Steven Loper (Jody) of Issaquah. Also surviving is an aunt, Margaret Hansen, living in Bellevue, WA., and many nieces, nephews and many great friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and in-laws.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at the Peace Lutheran Church, 2029 Ware Street, Abbotsford, BC, at 1:00 pm on Saturday, February 8, 2014 with Pastor J. Christoph Reiners officiating. Henderson Funeral Home of Langley, BC is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation may be made to the Cancer Society of BC in Elizabeth’s name.

The family would like to express their appreciation to Drs. Brown, Glanzberg and Gurjal and the Hospice staff at the Abbotsford Cancer Care Hospital Tertiary Care Unit, Cheam, for their loving care and attention to Elizabeth in the final weeks of her life.

Arrangements under the direction of Henderson's Langley Funeral Home, Langley, BC.


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Joan Ostendorff

February 6, 2014

I was so lucky to have been friends with Beth, as we called her, all through Jr and Senior High School. Unfortunately we lost track of each other over the years. But I do remember what a good friend she was to me, how much she loved music and how much she excelled in school. I'm very sorry to hear of her passing and my heart goes out to her friends and family.

Vaughn and Suzanne Erickson

February 6, 2014

We are so very sorry to hear of Liz's passing, we met her only briefly, and thought she was so lovely. Our thoughts go out to you Jim, at this sad time.

February 5, 2014

I was always excited to see Liz's latest art quilting creation. Her creativity was very inspiring. I also enjoyed her kind and considerate way of being in the world. I'll miss my visits with her.
Karen Johnson

Kathy Bryant Marshall

February 5, 2014

I had the pleaure - no delight - in being friends with Beth through high school. We lost track of each other until she was found in time for our 50th class reunion. I will always find a place in my heart for my memories of Beth as a sweet,kind,and utterly delightful friend. I am so sorry for the loss of Beth but keep her alive in stories etc. for her grandchildren.

Dennis Thompson

February 5, 2014

Jim and Family:
I am so sorry to hear this. We've not talked for far too long. I only met your wife once many years ago, but what impressions I recall were good ones. You were a great friend in the 2nd and 3rd grades at Conway. You are in my thoughts now. Good Bless you and your family, Dennis Thompson, Ritzville, WA

Joyce/Frank Barac

February 5, 2014

We were so sad to hear of the passing of Liz. Have not seen Liz for ages but have thought frequently of the Axelson family .Jim our thoughts are with you and family during these very difficult times

Doreen Boitard

February 4, 2014

I got to know Liz two years ago when we volunteered to sell raffle tickets at the Otter Coop It was a cold, wet blustery day in March, and we were outside under the canopy. In addition to trying to sell tickets under the adverse weather conditions we talked of quilting and family, and the hours passed quickly. When our shift ended we both felt rather guilty of our meager takings. I am so very grateful to have spent that time with a loving, and gracious lady. Thank you Dear Liz, and may peace be with you and your family.

Doe Gillis

February 3, 2014

May the light of Heaven shine on you forever as you rest in peace.

Carol Monetta

February 1, 2014

It was such a pleasure to know Liz. Gone far too soon;

January 31, 2014

It was a pleasure to know Liz, She always had a beautiful smile & a kind word. Rest in Peace Liz you will always be a good memory for me.

Maxine Olson