Betty Jane (BJ) Margaret Warner (née Matheson), BA’46
Betty Jane Margaret Warner passed away on January 16, 2014, having recently celebrated her 90th birthday. She was predeceased by her husband, Bill, BA’47, LLB’48; brother, Jack; sister, Claudia; and son‑in‑law, Chris. She is survived by daughters Nancy (Roman), Leslie (Bruce), Alison, and son Ken, as well as five beloved grandchildren. Many of BJ’s family graduated from UBC and Chris was faculty.
Born in Vancouver in 1924, BJ lived in Vancouver until age 89 when she moved to Vancouver Island to be closer to family. While at UBC she met Bill and was a member of the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority, where she made friends who would remain close throughout her life. Graduating in psychology, BJ worked with World War ll veterans before embarking on a cross‑country and trans‑Atlantic trip with Bill after their marriage. She helped raise four children and was always active in her community, including being involved in the Vancouver and West Vancouver University Women’s clubs. Her widespread volunteerism included time devoted to the UBC Museum of Anthropology, Museum of Vancouver, Community Arts Council, Children’s Hospital, and Canadian Mental Health Association.
BJ touched many on her life’s journey. She had a fun‑loving zest for life, wicked sense of humour, was always interested in current events, and curious about other people’s lives. Her warmth endeared her and she made friends of all ages easily. BJ was indeed a positive influence and guiding light in both her children’s and grandchildren’s lives. We are strengthened by her spirit, which lives on.