DELMAGE, Beverly Ann
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Beverley Ann Delmage, age 72 of Edmonton, Alberta, passed away Sunday December 16, 2012. She was born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan to Olga Murrell and Chris Nichols on August 16, 1940.
Beverly graduated from Peacock Tech High School, before attending Teachers College and eventually obtaining her Bachelor of Education from Brandon University.
As a Teacher in both Brandon and Grandview, Manitoba she helped pave the way for full integration of children of all abilities. Family and friends were Bev's greatest joy. People met early in life remained lifetime friends.
She tirelessly supported all her friends and family through their times of joy and sorrow and without a second thought she would hop on a plane or bus, if she was needed to help with grandchildren, spend time with siblings, and catch up with friends.
Bev was never one to sit back and wait for life to happen to her. When she decided something was worth doing, it was done and done well. An approach that guided her in her career, many activities and different roles. Whether in her job as a Teacher, as a world traveller, as a magician with the sewing machine or more recent undertakings as an art student and tap dancer, or as the eldest child, or a loving Mother and Grandma, Bev demonstrated that in everything you do,
'you need to do it well and with commitment'.
Bev was a longtime member of the Red Hat Society, and believed in reshaping the way women are viewed in today's culture. Through her membership she encouraged women to pursue fun, friendship, freedom, fulfillment of lifelong dreams and fitness. Bev lived by example, fulfilling her own dream of travelling to China, Egypt, Italy, Greece, England, and working in the special education field in the Middle East. She took up the saxophone and joined a marching band in her forties, took on competitive tap dancing as a senior, excelled at tai chi and started yoga and drawing in her 70s.
Bev was greatly loved and cherished by her children Angela (Bob) Delmage, Mark (Adele) Bekkering, and Kenneth (Ariel) Delmage and six loving grandchildren who will miss their Grandma dearly: Katie, Jakob, Francesca, Christian, Erika and Benjamin. Bev will also be missed by her sisters MaryAnne (Ed) Kuebler and Betty (Henk) Bekkering and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was predeceased by her Mother (Olga Murrell), fathers (Percy Murrell and Chris Nichols), brother (Terry Nichols) and sister (Eleanor Dowthwaite).
While the time she was with us, seems too short, it was time extremely well spent and we are all very proud of the life she lived. Mom/ Grandma/Bev and her legacy will continue with us in our heart, memories and actions.The family extends an invitation to celebrate her life on Friday December 21 @ 1:00 p.m. at the Central Lions Seniors Recreation Centre (11113 - 113 Street) Edmonton, AB.
The family wishes to thank all of those who cared for her over the last six months. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Alberta Cancer Society, Win House or other charities of your choice.
Serenity Funeral Service - South Edmonton
Edmonton, AB T6E 6E2
Published in The Edmonton Journal from Dec. 19 to Dec. 20, 2012