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Obituary of Elizabeth Ellen Gayle Erhardt

February 15, 1939 – Birch Hills, Saskatchewan

July 31, 2022 - Calgary, Alberta

Elizabeth Erhardt (nee McPhee), beloved wife of Reginald Erhardt, of Calgary, AB, passed away on Sunday, July 31, 2022, at the age of 83 years.

Betty was born in Birch Hills, SK, on February 15, 1939. She graduated from Melfort Collegiate High School, and later went to the University of Saskatchewan in the School of Nursing. While attending, she was elected to the Student Representative Council. She was particularly proud of receiving the Dr. Gerrard Pediatric Nursing Award from the University of Saskatchewan upon graduation. Betty married her husband of 61 years, Reginald on September 10th, 1960. She was a member of the Hope Lutheran Church and volunteered with Inn From the Cold. She went on to work as a Pediatric Orthopedic Nurse with Alberta Children's Hospital for 32 years, until her retirement in 1995.

Betty was very social. She delighted in spending the last 50 summers at the cabin entertaining, relaxing, and feeding large extended family and friends, and especially playing cards. Away from the cabin, she rarely missed an event involving her children and grandchildren where she would sit in the front row and express her pleasure or concern with exuberant enthusiasm. Betty enjoyed extensive travel across Canada, Mexico, United States, Europe, and especially Germany where they made many lifelong friends.

Besides her loving husband, Betty is survived by her two sons, Vaughn (Kathy) of Calgary, and Trevor (Cathy) of Kelowna; her six grandchildren, Anthony, Jeremiah, Matthew (Stephanie), Sean, Dylan (Cory), Zachariah Erhardt; great-grandchild, Wilbur Erhardt, brothers Bud and Jim (Iris) McPhee; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Betty was predeceased by her parents, Ila and Colin McPhee; brothers, Gordon and Jack McPhee; and her sister Thelma Price.

Betty’s family would like to extend a special thank you to the many friends and relatives that have expressed their condolences and delivered meals and sent flowers. Those wishing to remember Betty can consider making a donation to Alberta Children’s Hospital.

Funeral Services will be held at Hope Lutheran Church (3527 Boulton Rd NW, Calgary, AB), on Saturday, August 13, 2022, at 1:00 p.m. Reception to follow at the Church Hall. Condolences, memories, and photos may be shared and viewed here. The service may be viewed on Youtube at Hope Lutheran Church YYC.

In living memory of Elizabeth Erhardt, a tree will be planted in the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area by McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes, Crowfoot, 82 Crowfoot Circle NW, Calgary, AB T3G 2T3, Telephone: 403-241-0044.