GODFREY, Isabella (nee PRICE)
August 2, 1922 - January 2, 2019
Long time New Westminster resident Isabella (Ella) Godfrey passed away at George Derby Centre at the age of 96. Born in Montreal to George and Alice Price and raised in the small town of Melocheville, Quebec, Isabella's independent and adventurous spirit led her, at 20, to join the Canadian Women's Army Corp, and to spend 1944-46 in London, England. On VE Day in Piccadilly Circus she met Howard Godfrey, who served in the RAF and RCAF from 1939-45. After the war, and a brief stop at home, she travelled alone to New Westminster to marry him. During the next 39 years she and Howard raised four children, and became immersed in life in their Sapperton neighbourhood. Isabella was involved with the PTA, the Girl Guides, Knox Presbyterian Church, Minor Girls Softball and Little League. Isabella was a longtime member of the Royal Canadian Legion, a tireless Poppy Fund Chair, and the First Women to be elected President Legion Branch 2, New Westminster, for which she was awarded the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002.
After Howard's death in 1984, Isabella joined a seniors' cycling club, traveled to England to help build a canal boat, and lived an active life till a stroke in 2011. After being a volunteer at the George Derby Veterans' Centre for many years, Isabella became a resident there in 2012.
Isabella is survived by her family; daughters Sheila Waywanko (Michael, Evan & Steven), Muriel Honey-Richards (Jennifer & Kayce) Doug (Kathy, Colleen) and Stan (Cindy, Melanie & April), 7 great-grandchildren who adored her and nieces Joanne Schwartz, Jan Lewis-Casto and Dorothy Smith. Isabella and her sister Dorothy (deceased 2014) were a familiar sight on the streets of Sapperton for many years.
A service for Isabella will be held at Knox Presbyterian Church, 403 Columbia St East, in New Westminster on Friday, January 18th at 2:00pm. The family would like to thank the caring staff at George Derby Centre for their kindness to Isabella.