Elizabeth Craig Simpson was born in Pasadena, California on December 1, 1929 and was the youngest of six siblings. Her mother died when Elizabeth was six, and the little girl came to live with her widowed aunt, Jane Blair in Vancouver. There, as Elizabeth Blair, she attended elementary school, high school at Queen’s Hall School for Girls, and later Sprott-Shaw College.

By the time Elizabeth was in her twenties and working in California, her aunt had re-married and was running a store in Burquitlam with her new husband. However, when he became ill, Elizabeth returned to British Columbia to run her aunt’s store. She did this until the store was sold, and Elizabeth always considered it as her way of re-paying her aunt for her kindness in giving her a home.

After her uncle’s death, Elizabeth and her aunt moved to North Vancouver where Elizabeth met and fell in love with a neighbor, Ed Pepper. After their marriage, they moved to Mission in the late 1950’s and established an egg farm. Elizabeth and Ed had two daughters, Margaret born in 1960 and Janet, born in 1962.

In Mission, Elizabeth helped to found one of the first parent groups at Cedar Valley School as well as the Mission Volleyball Club. She devoted many hours volunteering with the Anglican Church Sunday School, the Hatzic Secondary School parent group, the Mission Arts Council, Fraser Valley Humane Society, and Lifetime Learning Centre. She was an honorary member of the Mission Horse Club where she served as show announcer. In 2007 her volunteerism and many community contributions were recognized when she was named a Paths and Pathfinder: Woman of Distinction by the Mission District Historical Society.

V. BACH

Source: Mission City Record, June 4, 2009