Elizabeth Wigton BoursDec. 10, 1918 – April 10, 2017
Elizabeth Maxwell Wigton Bours, 98, passed away on Monday, April 10, 2017, in Portland, Oregon. Only a month earlier Betty had been dancing the night away with friends and family in Hawaii. On April 3, she suffered a stroke and died a week later.
Betty was born in Plainfield, New Jersey. She and William Alsop Bours III were married in 1941 and moved to Wilmington, Delaware. Betty loved her husband and her four children and she loved volunteering with various organizations. Her zest for life included helping and entertaining her extended family and friends, and participating in many sports, including golf, tennis, squash, white water rafting, bowling, hiking, ice skating, fishing and skiing, particularly in Vail where she won many NASTAR medals. She also loved scuba diving, most often off the coast of Kona, Hawaii, where she and Bill spent many happy winters. In addition, she was an extraordinary needlewoman, with scores of beautiful needlework pieces to her name.
Betty is survived by her daughters, Libbi Layton-Tamiyasu and Barbara Bours Brady, of Portland, Oregon, and her son, William A Bours IV, of Forest Grove, Oregon, and their spouses. She had six grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Mary Anne Bours Nimmo in 1980 and by her husband in 2001.
A memorial service will be held at Christ Church Christiana Hundred on Saturday. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Delaware Hospice or the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition.
The graduates of Vail Mountain School’s class of 2019 will be off to far-flung destinations next fall, set to enter college in one of 16 different states or explore the world on a gap year. One grad is even attending college in Canada.