Elizabeth Earle (née Rice, YG 1952)
26 June 2021
We are very sad to hear of the death of Elizabeth Earle (née Rice, YG 1952) on 26th June 2021 in Canada. Elizabeth attended the school between 1943 and 1952 with her sister Janet Higgs (née Rice, YG 1954). The following obituary has been taken from Graham Giddy FH website:"Elizabeth's early years were spent at her home in St. Alban's with summers spent at her uncle`s farm in Sussex. She attended Bernards Heath primary school. In 1941 during WWII, her mother died and her father was drafted into the army, so Elizabeth and Janet went to the boarding school Friends' School Saffron Walden.After completing school, she worked as a secretary. She toured Europe and took ski vacations in Norway. Boxing Day 1959, she attended a family gathering at the Highlands Inn where she met Michael. They were married at St. Peter`s Church in St. Albans on September 15, 1962. After a short Honeymoon on the Island of Jersey, they settled down in an apartment in Surbiton just south of London.A job opportunity took the newlyweds to Karachi, Pakistan where they travelled extensively. Field trips into the deserts of Baluchistan and Sind, allowed Elizabeth to meet the local people, which she greatly enjoyed. They also lived in Tehran for a few months before returning home. Vacations were taken to Lebanon and Hong Kong.In 1965 she and Michael emigrated Canada and made homes in Montreal, Waterloo finally settling in St. Clements in 1971. Elizabeth was an avid gardener, bird watcher and member of the KW Field Naturalists Society and of the Wellesley Horticultural Society. In 1989 she and Michael took up sailing and enjoyed sailing adventures on Lake Huron and in Georgian Bay. She was a member of the Goderich Yacht Club for over thirty years.She founded the 1st St. Clements Scouts and served Scouting for 16 years. She became a volunteer librarian and was awarded the 2010 Ontario Volunteer Service Award for 10 Years of service with seven years at Wellesley Branch. She enjoyed reading, and was a member of Quest, a ladies book club in Wellesley and of the Forum discussion group. She happily served various other public services such as census taker, elections poll worker and enjoyed several years of service on The Wellesley Committee of Adjustment."She will be sadly missed by her husband, Michael, and her two sons, Adrian and Simon, as well as her sister Janet Higgs (née Rice, YG 1954). Michael wrote to the Old Scholars' Association and said that she enjoyed her years at Friends' School where she made several long lasting friendships. He sends sincere best wishes to all those Friends' School friends who remain with us.