CHRISTIANSON – Jane (Bunty) Lyden was born on January 12, 1927 and peacefully passed away, surrounded by family, on November 25, 2015, at the age of 88 years. Bunty was predeceased by her beloved husband Arthur (Art) on December 29, 2012. Bunty is survived by her loving children Ron (Dianne), Ray (Dianna), Judy, Sandy (Doug) Cherry, grandchildren Neil (Renae), Steven, Shawn, Kyle (Chloe), Joshua, Nicole, great-grandchildren Ashley (Erik), Bradley, Autumn, Cache, and great-great grandchild Seth, her sister Catherine Thibodeau and numerous extended family and friends. Bunty is also predeceased by her father William, mother Jean (Jane), sister Sadie and sister Peggy.
Bunty was born in the small community of Mapes, BC shortly after her parents arrived from Scotland to homestead this remote land between Vanderhoof and Prince George. Setting out for adventure with her sister Peggy, Bunty moved to Prince George as a young woman and soon met the love of her life – Arthur – they found true romance and on December 11, 1948 were married. Thus began their 64 year journey together, growing memories, building deep roots and raising their family in this community that Bunty was so proud of.
Bunty will always be remembered for her wonderful laughter, great sense of humour and her desire to enjoy life to the fullest. She was a loving wife who cherished her husband; an amazing mother who was devoted to her children; a wonderful and kind grandmother; a caring sister who was always there for her family, and the best of friends to those who shared this special bond with her. Bunty’s home was ‘your’ home and she welcomed all – always with her beautiful smile and a warm embrace. Bunty had many passions, but her favorites were gardening (she won the Prince George Better Gardens competition several years in a row), fishing (every summer would be spent at Francois Lake), music (her home was never silent – music filled the air with everything from Opera to Country), horses (her childhood favorite Dick and her new love Twister) and finally, laughter. Bunty’s beautiful and joyful spirit will live on forever in those of us who were fortunate enough to have had her in our world – she will be missed tremendously.
The family would like to extend our sincere gratitude to all of the staff at Simon Fraser Lodge – the administrative staff; the nursing and care-aide staff; the team at the ‘Y’ and her doctors. We also send a very special thank you to her personal caregivers for their loving care, support and devotion to her well-being. All of you made Bunty’s world a happier place and we will be eternally grateful.
There will be a Celebration of Bunty’s life to be held on Sunday, December 13, 2015 at the Coast Inn of the North located at 770 Brunswick Street, Prince George, in the George Evanoff Room. A tribute to Bunty will be held between 1:30 and 2:30 with a reception to follow between 2:30 and 4:00pm. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the BC SPCA in memory of Jane (Bunty) Christianson.