Elsie May Michie
June 8, 1930 – February 10, 2012
In loving memory of Elsie May Michie, (nee Hillis), beloved wife of Douglas Michie (d), sister of William John Hillis (d) and James Hillis (Marsha) of Oakville, Ontario; mother of Penny Dike (Rob) of Hamilton, Ontario, Robert Henry (Cathey) of Waldorf, Maryland, Maryann Henry of Taylor Michigan, Diana Hearnden (Greg) of Smithers, British Columbia; grandmother of Jennifer Vermeer, Laurie Gaylord, Crystal Vermeer, Lloyd Vermeer, Elizabeth Henry, William Michie, Brian Hearnden, Alyssa Hearnden; and great-grandmother to Nicholas Podaski.
Elsie was born on June 8, 1930, in Port Credit, Ontario (Mississauga). She lived in many communities throughout the United States and Canada. After attending Business College her career began as a legal secretary in a well known law office in Oakville. Elsie in her younger years became a member of the Eastern Star carrying on the legacy of her family.
Her first major move was from Port Credit, traveling the newly completed and famous “Route 66” to Phoenix, Arizona on July 1, 1961. Her next stop was Chicago, Illinois in 1966 and then onto Detroit, Michigan in 1968. Elsie returned to Port Credit in 1975, to take over her mother’s health care until her passing.
Moving from Mississauga to Smithers in 1982, Elsie was instrumental in helping her husband Doug Michie open ELS-D Enterprises, a gas-fitting company, which grew and prospered in the Bulkley Valley. Retiring in 1993, Elsie moved to Granisle and devoted her time to the community working with the Lions Club and the Seniors Centre. Elsie returned to Smithers after her husband’s death in 1999.
Elsie will continue her journey through her family, friends and all she touched, for within each she gave a part of herself.
The family has asked that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Granisle Lions Club, Box 129, Granisle, B.C. V0J 1W0. The family wishes to express their gratitude to the Bulkley Valley District Hospital and especially to Dr. Blouw for the compassion and extraordinary care she received.