Elisabeth “Ellen” Stouwer

Elisabeth “Ellen” Emma Van Dam Stouwer

Birth: December 22, 1947

Death: February 25, 2007 (age 59)

Biography:
Her obituary published in the Victoria Times-Colonist on February 7, 2007 reads:
STOUWER, Elisabeth Emma (Ellen) December 22, 1947 February 25, 2007 Passed away peacefully at Hospice, with her daughter at her side. Predeceased in 2005 by her husband, Bob. Ellen is survived by daughter [edited for privacy], father [edited for privacy], and mother-in law [edited for privacy]. The family wishes to thank, Dr. [edited for privacy], and all of the wonderful hospice staff and volunteers for their care and compassion for Ellen. A special thanks also goes out to [edited for privacy] for their friendship and support throughout Ellen’s illness. Funeral Services at the Jewish Cemetery (Cedar Hill and Fernwood) at 1:15 on Tuesday, February 27th. In lieu of flowers, donations to Hospice would be appreciated.

Rabbi Lynn Greenhough, of Kolot Mayim Reform Temple, Victoria, BC officiated at the funeral and gave the following eulogy:
Elisheva bat Shmuel v’Esther July 4, 2007, 11:30

We are here to remember Elizabeth, as a daughter, a wife and a mother, a woman who was faithful to her family, creating in her home a stalwart devotion beyond any physical limitation, a woman who found room for playfulness with her daughter even in her last month of life. 

In Elizabeth’s last year, she was cared for in her home by her daughter Rochelle, and even as we remember her mother, we honour the care that Rochelle gave her mother. Out mothers bring us all into the world, but the honour of easing those same mothers into the world to come, only falls to a special few. 

A metzevah, the headstone assists all of us to remember those who have died. Even as Jacob marked the burial site of his beloved Rachel, we have continued his tradition of honouring through memory. As we read these names amongst us here, we are all called to remember those who have died, those we may have known well, or those we knew not at all. 

The letters Pay and nun mean “poh nitman – “here is buried’

The letters tav, nun, tzadek, bet, and heh – teheinafsh(ah) tzerurah bitzror ha-chayyim; “May his(her) soul be bound up in the bonds of life”

Gravesite Details: Row B – Plot 33

Inscription:
פּ״נ (Here lies)
In Loving Memory Of
A Wondeful Wife, Mother & Daughter
Elisabeth (Ellen) Stouwer
Hebrew Name: Elisheve b. Shloma v’Ester
Dec 22, 1947 – Feb. 25, 2007
ת נ צ ב ה
abbreviation for Biblical quote: “May her soul be bound up in the bond of eternal life.”

Parents:
Esther de Bruin van Dam (1912–1999)
Samuel van Dam (1914–2013)

Spouse:
Bernard “Bob” Stouwer

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