In Memorium

Lucy Berton Woodward, BA'43

Lucy Berton WoodwardArtist, writer, lively personality, dedicated gardener, handywoman, unparalleled baker of raspberry pie, loving mom and grandmother, Lucy died on December 9, 2015. She was born in Dawson City, where she and her brother Pierre had an idyllic childhood playing amid the ruins of the Gold Rush and drifting down the Yukon River in their parents’ little boat. Lucy wrote two children’s adventure books set in the Yukon, Johnny in the Klondike (1964), co‑authored with her mother, Laura Beatrice Berton, and Kidnapped in the Yukon (1968). The Depression led the family to Victoria and then to Vancouver, where Lucy wrote for The Ubyssey while attending UBC. After stints at the Vancouver NewsHerald, a dress designer’s studio, the Weather Office, the UBC President’s Office and an advertising agency, she met Geoffrey Woodward through the Players’ Club Alumni of UBC theatre group. They married in 1950. As she started a family – son Berton and daughter Paisley – Lucy continued to write. She also did publicity for arts organizations and, from 1968‑70, wrote the Vancouver Sun’s “Here and There” social column. She was a loving mother, a skilled seamstress and someone able to fix almost anything. She held liberal, secular views and possessed a fierce sense of independence. After Geoff’s retirement from BC Hydro, the couple moved to White Rock in 1975. There they enjoyed their magnificent view, often taking in the sunset with drink in hand. They also travelled abroad. After Geoff died in 1998, Lucy continued to garden, paint prolifically, and study her family’s genealogy. She was blessed to live in her own home and have clarity of mind almost to the end. She died peacefully, of old age, at Peace Arch Hospice in White Rock, surrounded by loved ones.