Mabel Betty Stout passed away February 6, 2021. She was 97 years of age.
Betty was born on May 14, 1923 in Yorkton, Sask. Daughter of Frederick William and Mabel (nee Leaney) Seaborn, she received her education at Simpson School and the Yorkton Collegiate. Betty and her sister, Irene, enjoyed their early years assisting their parents in the running of their business, Seaborn’s Bakery.
Upon graduation, Betty was employed at Poulter’s Mens Wear as a bookkeeper for 2 ½ years. In 1943 she joined the staff of Western Grocers in Yorkton as a confidential secretary, remaining there for 45 years until her retirement in 1988.
Betty was united in marriage to Lawrence James Arthur Stout at St. Andrews Church in Yorkton on October 25, 1952. The couple attended St. Andrews Church and both were members of the senior choir. Betty completed her Royal Conservatory theoretical requirements and received her Grade 10 in practical violin. She taught theory and violin in Yorkton for the next 22 years. Watching her students progress and receive awards was a source of much joy to her. Her other hobbies were oil painting, knitting, crocheting, and gardening.
Betty was predeceased by her husband, Lawrence James Arthur Stout on September 14, 2000, her mother Mabel Seaborn in 1988, and her father Frederick Seaborn in 1972. Betty’s only sister, Alice Irene Milne (nee Seaborn), passed away in 1961, and her brother-in-law, Robert Milne died in 2017. Her mother-in-law, Mary Stout died in 1984 and her father-in-law John (Jock) Stout died in 1980. Her brother-in-law, Peter Stout died in 2012 and her sister-in-law Ivy Stout died in 2017.
Betty leaves to cherish her memory her niece and nephews, Katherine (Dennis) Arbuthnott of Regina and their children Christopher, Shane, and Devin; Ronald Milne of Regina; David (Shelley) Milne of Saskatoon and their children Dylan, Austin, Zach, and Tasha; Jack (Denise) Stout of Yorkton and their children Robert, Jodi, and Rebecca; Loree Lee (Brian) Young of Calgary and their children Fraser and Emma; Dianne (Douglas) of Yorkton ; Peter Marshall (Lorrie Ann) Stout of Yorkton and their children Alyson, Graeme, and Kirstin; Mary-Ellen (Brian) Harrison of Calgary and their children John, Sam, and Dianne; Patti (Rick) Wilk of Saskatoon and their children Mackenzie, Logan, and Callie.
Betty was a strong and independent woman who was both artistic and practical, and had a lovely sense of humour. She cared deeply for her family, and spent decades caring for her mother and her husband, Lawrence, both of whom were very ill in their later years. She loved playing her violin, tending her flower-filled yard, and keeping her home in good repair. She spent the last years of her life in the Yorkton Nursing Home, where she received excellent care and attention.
The Graveside Service was held on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 in the Garden of St. John, Yorkton Memorial Gardens, with Rev. Jen Dresser officiating. Jack Stout, Robert Stout, Peter Stout, Doug Norman, Rick Wilk and Mackenzie Wilk served as casket-bearers. A public memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to St. Andrews United Church, Yorkton, SK., or to the Seaborn memorial scholarship with the Yorkton Music Festival (PO Box 743, Yorkton, S3N 2W8) as gifts of remembrance. To share memories and condolences, visit baileysfuneralhome.com.