In Memory of Elizabeth Crosbie
CROSBIE, ELIZABETH ANN September 24, 1934 September 8, 2021 With great sadness we announce the peaceful passing of Elizabeth Ann Crosbie (Betty Ann, nee Baldwin) at Mount Sinai Hospital on September 8, 2021, after a brief illness, just 2 weeks shy of her 87th birthday. A true trailblazer, Betty Ann completed a BSc at University of Toronto in Home Economics in 1957, going on to have an extended career in education and writing. Her career began with teaching Home Economics to high school students, going on to teaching History of Costume (at University of Toronto), completing her time there in 1977. She went on to teach Women's Studies (at Ryerson), Fashion History (at Sheridan College), Evolution of Fashion (at IAD), with the highlight being her four summers teaching 20th Century Fashion near Nice on the Cote d'Azur. As part of her hands-on interest in fashion and clothing, she authored a bi-weekly column for the Toronto Star called Made To Measure for 23 years. She never lost her sharp eye for a good (or not so good) piece of clothing, or a fashion faux-pas in any period movie or TV show. She was also an avid traveller, completing 69 trips, all very carefully documented. Her passion for travel superseded all else, with a particular soft spot for England (not the least West End shows), and the south of France. She passed this passion on to her children and grandchildren. But her fondest memories would have always included times spent at the cottage, which her father (Harry Baldwin) built himself on Mountain Lake, in Haliburton. She leaves behind her son, Ian Crosbie (Jolie Lin), and grandchildren, Megan, Nathalie, Marina, Julianne and Davis. She was tragically predeceased by her loving husband, Donald Archibald Crosbie, her son, Douglas Baldwin Crosbie and daughter-in-law, Christine Helena Crosbie (nee Schmidt). She will also be missed by her many nephews and nieces, cousins and friends. The family extends thanks to the team at Mount Sinai Hospital for their attentive care and assistance during Betty Ann's final days. The family plans to hold a joint celebration of life in spring 2022 subject to COVID restrictions. In Betty Ann's memory, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.
Published by the Toronto Star on September 24, 2021. Click here to view Elizabeth's official obituary.
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