OBITUARY

Elaine Helen Newberry

April 3, 1936October 24, 2020

Elaine Newberry passed away peacefully with family by her side on Saturday, October 24, 2020 at the age of 84 years.

She was predeceased by her husband of 60 years, Norm, son Steve, sister Faye and brother Harvie.

She is survived by her children Dianne (Rich), Brenda (Bill), Myrna (Ross), Shawn (Greg), Rick (Cheri), Val (Boyd); daughter-in-law Crystal; 22 grandchildren; 33 great grandchildren; 4 great-great grandchildren; sister Fern; and many others held as family in her heart.

Born on her parent's prairie homestead, Elaine attended school in Naicam, Saskatchewan where she met her future husband Norman. They first made their home in Ottawa, Ontario and in 1956 moved to Port Alberni in search of work. It was here they built their home and raised their family.

As a young woman Elaine enjoyed sports, participating in track, playing softball, and curling. As a wife and mother with a big family she was a busy woman: nurturing children, gardening, canning, baking, mending, coaching ball, a hockey mom, involved with her church, and volunteering throughout her lifetime. She was always ready to lend a helping hand to anyone, providing love and support for multiple generations of children, extended family and friends. Any vacation or travel plans were always to connect with family. To all who were blessed to cross her threshold she was the provider of a hot coffee, warm baking or a home cooked meal, a Scrabble player, homemade quilts, a much needed ride, clothing, shelter, an ear to listen, a place to rest your head, a rescuer from troubles; and the one who prayed for you. Elaine embraced her faith at a young age and maintained an unwavering faith throughout her life. Her greatest desire was that everyone would come to know God. She lived her own life as an example and testament to that faith by her words and actions. She will be greatly missed.

Her family would like to express heartfelt thanks to Doctors Myer, Feyi, and the medical team at WCGH, the volunteers and staff at Ty Watson House, and to Norm Moore, mom's special friend and prayer partner during these sunset years of her life.

Due to COVID, no formal service will beheld at this time.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Elim Tabernacle, 3946 Wallace Street, Port Alberni, BC V9Y 3Y7 with a notation of "in memory of Elaine Newberry".

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Lynne Johnson

November 4, 2020

I am sorry to hear of the loss of this wonderful woman. She was so very much loved and will be so very missed by her family. Sincere condolences. Lynne Johnson and family

Laurie Wood

November 3, 2020

My first softball coach. Wonderful lady!

Lynell Vimhel

November 3, 2020

Elaine was a Very Kind and Loving Lady.
She is in Glory now with her Husband and Family.
God Bless you Elaine.

Laurie Allen

November 3, 2020

I met Elaine during a very dark period in my life. She supported me with love and kindness and walked me through my troubles. Although I hadn’t seen her in quite some time, I count her among the most important people in my life. She has gone to Glory.

Cindy McAnerin

November 3, 2020

Elaine was so very special to me. She will always be such a loving and beautiful soul. She touched my life during a time of great sadness when I lost my own mother. She guided me to a stronger faith and taught me so much about God along with her granddaughter Kristina who will also always be so very special to me. I will miss your beautiful smile and warm and welcoming nature. Rest In Peace in the glory of God
Love Cindy

Jessica Gieni

November 2, 2020

My grandma was awesome. There is no better word for her. Just awesome. Loving, forgiving, kind and all the best things. One time when I was little I was sleeping over at her house with a couple of my cousins. I was sharing a bed with Kendra. Kendra kicked in her sleep... a lot. I got up and walked out to my grandma who was sitting in the kitchen with another lady (can't remember who right now). I told her what was happening and that I couldn't sleep. Her cure was a bowl of teddy graham crackers (honey flavoured and ALL to myself), a big hug, a big grandma kiss and she let me fall asleep on the couch.
I recall another time where she offered to pay us for picking dandelions from the backyard :) At a penny a piece it wasn't long til I had over a dollar! She even let us go (as long as we went together) to the Naesgaards Farmers Market at the end of the street to spend our pay on whatever we wanted.
Can't forget how cute she was about wanting to keep watch over the neighborhood. For a long time she left her curtains open even in the summer so she could see all the kids up and down the street ;) I tried to close them once! Nope.
Oh and how no matter what she always knew where you were. She knew everyone in the how many ??? block radius surrounding her house. One time we were riding bikes and a couple streets over some lady stepped out on her porch (that I did not know) and yelled "Your grandma said to go home now!" Even though I didn't know this lady I wasn't taking chances. Sure enough when we got back grandma had called a few houses and said if they seen us to send us back. We weren't in trouble it was just time to go back.
I am really going to miss how soft her cheeks were when I hugged her. That's probably what I will miss the most.

Jamie Amos

November 2, 2020

To Elaine's family so sorry to hear of her passing thinking of you all I am saying prayers.

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