Passed away peacefully in her sleep on August 23, 2013 with her family present. She was born June 14, 1922 in Vancouver, BC and predeceased by her husband William (Bill) in 2000. Survived by her loving children David (Susan) of North Vancouver, Helen (Rob) of Errington, Joan (David) of Cobble Hill and her precious grandchildren Jerome (Alex), Michael, Lauren, Erin, Owen, Marla, Grant and Luke. Also survived by many members of her extended family. Bea was the only child of an early Vancouver family. After graduation from the Vancouver School of Art she had a successful career as a commercial artist for Odeon Theatres. She married Bill in 1953 and lived her remaining 61 years on the family dairy farm (Shincliffe Farm) in Cobble Hill. Bea was a long-time member of the Cobble Hill Legion Women's Auxiliary. Her greatest joys were her family, friends and animals (especially "Freddie" the cat). She was a great reader, baker and gardener, and was a most gracious and welcoming hostess. She always made time for everyone, whether it was sitting in the garden for a cup of tea or around the kitchen table. Bea loved the adventure of travelling and having a good story to tell. She could always find the humour in any situation and provided unwavering support and stability to her family. She was a loyal, jumble person whose goodness and generosity was an example to us all. She has left the world a better place; "If ever there was a person who belonged in heaven, it was Bea".
Thanks to all those people who compassionately cared and supported Bea during her lengthy illness at home; the Nurse Next-Door Team (especially Karen and Debbie) and the many others for their devoted care over the years. Thanks to Dover House for their kind support in her final month.
In true Bea fashion, we will be having a celebration memorial tea at Arbutus Ridge Golf Club, 3515 Telegraph Rd, Cobble Hill, on Sunday, September 15, 2013 at 2pm to 4pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bea's favorite causes - a charity that supports children or animals.
Published in Cowichan Valley Citizen from Aug. 30 to Aug. 31, 2013