(nee Babin)
Heaven gained an angel and we lost ours. Betty Wickenden (nee Babin), 80 years, passed peacefully in her sleep after a lengthy battle with cancer on June 1, 2020 at Health Sciences North. She was predeceased by her parents, Donat and Veronica (nee McHugh). She was the second eldest of 13 children: Oille (Alvin Byce), Bonnie (Henri Desbrois), Edna (Bruce Clouston), Alex (predeceased) (Suzanne), John (predeceased) (Sue), Shirley (Rodger Chenier), Danny (Sharon), Joe (Linda), Peggy (John McKnight), Allan (Joy), Mary Katherine (Tim Johns) and Troy (Rina). Beloved wife of Dick Wickenden of Mindemoya, Ontario. They were two months shy of their 60th wedding anniversary. Loving and devoted mother to David (Gina) and Mary (Mike Sheridan) of Clarksburg, Ontario. Grandmother to Adam (Krista), Cheryl (Nathan), Julie (Ethan), Grant (Jessie), Daniel and Ian. Great-grandmother to Bryson, Jaxson and William. Also remembered by Donald Wickenden (Diane) and other nieces and nephew. Betty had always been overflowing with love and she shared herself to hundreds of others through her devotion to the church and her countless hours of volunteerism. Born and raised in Chapleau, she worked for Bell Telephone as an operator rising to supervisor. When a Bell linesmen arrived in town, she found herself engaged within two weeks and married two years later. She was an active member of the Lady of Perpetual Help, Church of our Lady of Canada and Sudbury Palliative Care. When she moved to Manitoulin, she started a chapter of Palliative Care on the Island. Known for her pies, she was always at the center of any fundraising event. She loved gardening and family and doted on her grandchildren. We know that Betty will continue to love us from the Heavens always and will continue to do wonderful things from that vantage point. As per her request, there will be no showing. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses of both the Northern Cancer Centre and the Mindemoya Hospital for their kindness. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Northern Cancer Foundation or the Warmhearts Palliative Caregivers Sudbury/Manitoulin or Manitoulin Health Centre, Mindemoya site, in care of the Ladies Auxiliary would be appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to the Sudbury Park Lawn Cremation Service.