STEPHENSON PENGELLY, Dr. Bette Mildred (O.C., O.Ont., M.D., F.C.F.P.(C), D.Litt. (Hon.), LL.D. (Hon.), O.ST.J.) - (July 31, 1924 – August 19, 2019) -
Bette was the daughter of Carl and Mildred Stephenson.
Born in Aurora, Ontario, Bette attended primary and secondary school in Willowdale.
She was pre-deceased by her sister Faye, brother Robert, husband Dr. G. Allan Pengelly, and son-in-law Randall Kennedy.
She is survived by her children, Stephen Pengelly (Anne), Elizabeth Kennedy, Christopher Pengelly (Elizabeth), Michael Pengelly (Linda), Timothy Pengelly (Joyce) and Mary-Katherine Pengelly (Duane), grandchildren, Brynn Kennedy Wiffen (Brad), Evan Kennedy, Patrick Pengelly (Sayran), Robert Pengelly, Andrew Pengelly (Brooke) and great-grandchildren, Douglas, Juniper, Aubrey, Emmeline and Heyv
Bette decided she would be a physician at the age of five and pursued that objective even though it eventually required persuading the Dean of Medicine at the University of Toronto to accept her into the programme a year before she was eligible. She became a doctor in 1946, met and married Allan Pengelly, who was also a med student, in 1948, and, as she had planned, had six children.
Bette practiced family medicine in Willowdale and was an active member of the medical staff at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto until 1988.
Visitation will be held on Friday, August 23rd from 2 to 4 pm and from 6 to 9 pm and on Saturday, August 24th from noon to 1 pm, at the R.S. Kane Funeral Home, 6150 Yonge Street in North York. The Funeral Service will be held Saturday, August 24th at 1 pm the Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Justin Eves Foundation or the Women’s College Hospital Foundation.