January 4, 1956 – June 10, 2024

On June 10, 2024, Betty Gaudette, aged 68, departed peacefully, on her terms, with loved ones by her side at Sault Area Hospital after many years of courageous health battles.

Loving wife and soulmate for 17 years of Raoul (Chico) Gaudette, who gave selflessly to her every desire and need until the very end. Predeceased by her parents David and Sophia Kidd. Proud mother of daughter Kim who meant the world to her and late son Casey. Stepmother of Richard and Angele Gaudette. Cherished sister of Bonnie Smedts (Willy), and Connie Gerrior (Paul). Special ‘Auntie B’ of Ben (Kari), Marc, Karin (Parker) Smedts and Brandon (Rachelle) and Tyler Gerrior. Great Aunt of Seth, Cole, Chance and Sophia Smedts, and Kianna and Braxton Gerrior.

Betty had many talents, loved dancing, crafting, sewing, quilting, macrame, crocheting, knitting and donated handmade hats, mitts and socks, baby items to local charities as well as hospitals. She was an amazing cook and baker, and always shared her treats. Many people were appreciative for the freezer foods she prepared for them. She took great pride in her homemaking.

Betty loved being outdoors, and four-wheeling was a great passion, especially if there was mud! When she could no longer enjoy that, she took to the streets in her wheelchair, and put on many miles, and generated many smiles from those she met on her daily treks.

She was a community volunteer and would lend a hand whenever needed.

Betty touched the lives of those around her with her strength, resilience, courage and unwavering spirit. Despite facing the challenges of her illnesses, she remained a beacon of hope and inspiration to all who knew her. During her numerous extended hospital stays, she was often called on to encourage other patients to not give up when they met their own life-changing realities with amputations, dialysis and diabetes struggles, and became a mentor to many. Her ‘Dialysis Family’ meant a lot to her, and they shared a strong bond.

A memorial service will be held in Wawa at a later date for family and friends. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations (by cheque or online) to the Wawa Royal Canadian Legion Branch #429, or the Sault Area Hospital Foundation – Renal Care Fund.

The family would like to take this opportunity to thank all the Doctors, Nurses, support workers and staff at the Sault Area Hospital and Lady Dunn Health Centre, Wawa Family Health Team, NE LHIN, March of Dimes, and Red Cross. Many Health Agencies worked together to give Betty the best possible care, independent living abilities and the respect that she deserved.

Arrangements entrusted to Arthur Funeral Home – Barton & Kiteley Chapel (492 Wellington St. E. 705-759-2522). Please visit to leave a message of condolence for Betty’s family.

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  1. My deepest sympathy to the Kidd family for the loss of a daughter. I knew Betty while being a Sault Star paperboy to her parents home in Wawa.

    Joe Keri

  2. Patricia Lalonde

    Betty was such a lovely lady, she was a smile you would be happy to see on the street. Always brightened my day. My condolences to the family. Wawa was lucky to have her in our community, RIP Betty. Patricia

  3. Sorry to read this sad news
    Although we lost touch these past years I have wonderful memories of growing up together in Wawa, our times together in years gone by.
    The only reason my dad let me drive our Arctic Cat was because I was with Betty, she could start it.
    When we lost Scotty, Betty called to say she wanted to do something for me, she knew I was a clean freak like her, after years of being a caregiver had to be behind on everything so she was going to come spend the day at my house and clean.
    I put the high school records on and we listened to music, caught up on our lives, laughed, hugged and cleaned all day.
    Her gift of spending the day with me cleaning touched my heart 30 years ago and still does when I think of it.
    When I heard last year that she was remarried and living in the Soo, I called and left a message hoping we could have another day catching up again.
    It never happened but I will always remember her big smile, heart of gold and true blue honesty.
    We should all be so lucky to have had such a beautiful soul touch our lives.
    She certainly had a tough go of it but she was a trooper.
    The world would be a better place if everyone had a heart like hers

    Judy Scott 💜

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