Elizabeth Jelly

Bette Jane Jelly

Sunday, December 10th, 1961 Monday, August 3rd, 2020

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Obituary for Bette Jane Jelly

Elizabeth Jane Jelly
"Bette Jane."
"Life is not measured
by the breath we take
but by the moments that
take our breath away."

Bette Jane celebrated life to the fullest for 58 years. She believed her source of being was rooted in a Divine power that infused her with the gifts of creativity and adventure. "I feel blessed that my career and volunteer time gave me the opportunity to use these gifts". Whether she was sailing, skiing, volunteering as a Big Sister or with Track 3 helping children and adults with disabilities enjoy the ski slopes. Bette Jane gave people hope and inspiration, always encouraging them to dwell positively on the possibilities life offered. Her infectious spirit, kindness, smile and laughter lifted many people. To many she was a beacon of light that saw life with such clarity and enjoyed it with unbridled enthusiasm.
Bette Jane's career was her passion. She owned a very successful interior design business in Toronto for 35 years. Her clients and colleagues appreciated her attention to detail and her ability to create unique and extraordinary beautiful spaces. From a simple consultation on a paint colour to a whole house design, Bette Jane loved her work and the people she met. Her legacy will live on in the many homes and beautiful spaces she created.
Bette Jane cherished dearly her family and friendships. She gave her life partner Walter a magical ride for 18 years, travelling, exploring and sharing life together.
Bette Jane will always be remembered by Walter; her mother Mary (Lindsey 2011); siblings Don (Shelley), Mari Lyn (Andy), Karla, Paul (Debra) and sister-in-law Maryanne (Zdenko). She was so loved by all her many friends, colleagues and nieces and nephews.
A Private Family Service and Cremation have taken place.
Memorial donations may be made to Ovarian Cancer Canada, 145 Front St. E., Suite #205, Toronto, ON M5A 1E3, Wellspring - Downtown Toronto, 4 Charles St. E., Suite #400, Toronto, ON M4Y 1T1 or Gilda's Club, 24 Cecil St., Toronto, ON M5T 1N2.
A tree will be planted in memory of Bette Jane in the Dods & McNair Memorial Forest at the Island Lake Conservation Area, Orangeville. Condolences may be offered to the family at

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  • Visitation

    Friday, August 7th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm
    Dods & McNair Funeral Home, Chapel & Reception Centre
    21 First St
    Friday, August 7th, 2020
    2:00pm - 3:00pm
  • Service

    Friday, August 7th, 2020 | 3:00pm
    Dods & McNair Funeral Home, Chapel & Reception Centre
    21 First St
    Friday, August 7th, 2020
    Rev Sandra Abuja
  • Reception

    Friday, August 7th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Dods & McNair Reception Centre
    21 First Street
    Orangeville, On
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    Friday, August 7th, 2020
    4:00pm - 6:00pm


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Jaquie Kraizer

my deepest condolences to the family and friends, she was a dear Client who i was always glad to help and happy to see. God bless you.
Jaquie Kraizer
Comment | Posted at 03:41pm via Condolence

Andrea Roome-Cameron

Karla and Jelly Family,
I was saddened reading the news of BJ's passing. We went to Design School together for a couple years at Georgian in Barrie. Please know that we are thinking of all of you during this time.
Andy & Al
Comment | Posted at 04:59pm via Condolence

Cheryl Folkes

Walter, Bette Jane was very special to me. Her spirit did shine! I am truly sorry for your loss and for the loss so many feel with her passing.
Comment | Posted at 06:07pm via Condolence

Jovanna Baio

It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to Bette Jane. I met Bette Jane while volunteering at Princess Margaret Hospital. We soon became friends and her journey became my journey. She was such a lovely person and I will miss her! My deepest sympathy to Walter and her family. May you find comfort in knowing how much Bette Jane was loved💛
Comment | Posted at 01:53pm via Condolence

Jean Wiegard

Jean Wiegard
My thoughts are with you Mary..... Bette Jane... a beautiful daughter.
Comment | Posted at 07:05pm via Condolence

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