November 10, 1932 – March 19, 2022
With heavy hearts we say goodbye to Mom in her 89th year. Born in Kincaid, Saskatchewan to John and Marie Beal. Mom was raised in Vernon, the eldest of 5 siblings.
She is survived by sisters Shirley Irwin (Powell River) and Bev Gilchrist (Vernon). Four daughters mourn her passing. Barb Franklin (Allan) of Gray Creek. Lynn Friesen (Grant) of Kamloops, Wendy Corley of Creston, and Susan Ridge (Peter)of Wormingford, UK.
Mom’s love their children first and best of all. Mom kissed away tears, bandaged scraped knees, drove us to guide camps, hugged us when our hearts were broken. Mom loved unconditionally even though I am sure we often tested her. Our childhoods were the envy of our friends.
Reading was Mom’s favorite pastime. She passed the love of reading to each of us. Mom’s bedroom looked like a library. Mom was a stickler for good manners. She loved the fact that her grandchildren and “greats” were also taught well.
With a growing family Mom lived in Quesnel and Kamloops. She was predeceased by husband Ken. Dad was an extrovert and brought Mom “out of her shell”.
Curling was a shared sport. Mom took an active part in all the clubs Dad joined. Mom found time to sew and kept her girls well dressed. Mom loved to Thrift Shop! Hunting for treasures! She was constantly adding to her earring collection. Mom took pride in her appearance and was always well “put together”.
She found her dance partner for life in Dad. They were amazing on the dance floor! When the open road called the two of them they would hook up their motorcycle trailer behind their touring bike and be off on an adventure.
Mom overfed everyone. No one left her house hungry. Our friends were welcome at her table and many still call her Mom.
With pride Mom watched her family grow. 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. She was so proud of all! Both Catriona and Claire are waiting to greet her in heaven. The pandemic and Dementia stole time. She would not meet the youngest of our babes.
When Mom’s health failed she had two fears. One was to be abandoned. The other to have a brain that no longer “remembered”. We promised to let neither happen. We would become her memory. Her hand was often held. Promises kept.
Mom loved to garden. All 4 of us girls love to “play in the dirt”. Maybe that is her legacy to us….to leave behind healthy children and leave our plot of ground more beautiful than when we found it.
We are so going to miss this lady.
No service by her request. An informal gathering of family and friends at a later date.
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