Bamford, Esther Adelina Lasell

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Bamford, Esther Adelina Lasell

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1917-2008

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Esther Adelina Lasell Bamford (5 Feb. 1917-8 Jan. 2008) was born in Wainwright, Alberta, to Grover Cargill Lasell and Ettie Sewell. She attended Wainwright High School before moving to Vancouver Island, where she married Walter John Blyth, a logger, in Cobble Hill, British Columbia, on 15 October 1938. The couple lived in Duncan, British Columbia, and had four children, Lynne, Sharon, Roy, and Verne, before Blyth’s accidental death on 5 November 1945. Bamford’s employment history included work at Clancy’s Sky Diner in Vancouver until 1948, work as a waitress in the dining room of a hotel on Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver, a position as a dispatcher for North Shore Taxi, and a position as a postal clerk beginning in the mid-1950s. It was while working as a taxi dispatcher that Bamford met William Huestis Bamford, who was a taxi driver at the time. The couple married on 15 July 1957 while both were working for Canada Post. After retiring from Canada Post in 1965, Bamford spent time cooking, working on various home improvement, craft, and garden projects, reading, and caring for her grandchildren. Bamford suffered from rheumatoid arthritis and underwent a number of treatments and surgeries as a result, starting in the early 1980s. At the time of her death in 2008, Esther had six grandchildren and one great grandchild.

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