It is with a deep sense of loss that we announce the gentle passing of our mother, Betty Epp, age 86, at City Hospital, Saskatoon. Predeceased by her husband William (Bill) Epp, parents Julius and Helena Klassen, infant sister Martha Klassen, brother Jack Klassen, sister Anne Neufeld. Betty was born and raised near Glenbush, SK, the third child in a family of 5. Life was tough for the homesteaders but there were joys as well. This is where Mom’s love affair with nature began, in her home in the aspen trees beside the lake. She married a boy from her community, “Willie”, whom she had known since birth. The two set off to Winnipeg to pursue a career in the Arts. Mom’s dream was halted when she came down with polio and was able to attend only one class at the Winnipeg Art School. She would continue to paint and have a keen interest in art her entire life, but family life was her main priority. Bill taught school in a number of rural communities before settling in Saskatoon where they raised four children. Although she struggled with depression from time to time, her children had a happy, carefree childhood. Moving to the acreage in l971 was a big thrill for Betty, as she could finally have a large garden and many flowers. She cooked and baked for hundreds of visitors over the years. There was always room at the table for one more. Then she would send the visitors home with fresh produce from her garden. There were wonderful parties where Mom would play guitar or piano for a sing-along. Betty loved to travel; a highlight was a yearlong trip from England to India. She was particularly fond on her grandchildren and spent endless hours with them. They knew her love for them was boundless. After Bill passed away in 1995, Mom lived in a number of apartments in Saskatoon, settling in Bethany Manor in her last years. Still painting, writing poetry and stories, shopping and visiting, Mom had a pleasant life. She will be dearly missed by her children, Gwen Van Kampen-Burns (Tom), William Kimbol Epp, Jean Epp-Gauthier (Roger), Delsing Van Kampen, grandchildren Amrit, Satbir, Jean-Sébastien (Allysha), Stéphanie (Kerry), Cory, Guru Anter and great-grandchildren Didi, Abnashi, Victor, as well as her dear sisters Mary and Kay, relatives and friends. A Memorial Service will be held at Bethany Manor Fellowship Centre, 110 La Ronge Road, Saskatoon, SK at 1:00 p.m, Saturday January 16, 2016. Interment will follow Sunday January 17, 1:00 p.m. at Hoffnungsfelder Church in Glenbush, SK. Donations in Betty’s honour can be made to Lighthouse Supported Living Inc., 304 2nd Avenue South, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7K 1L1, or a charity of your choice. Arrangements entrusted to DALMENY FUNERAL HOME (306-254-2022).