BEARDSLEY - Mildred Emily (Johnston) (nee Fryer) March 18, 1918 - March 18, 2014 The last of the Fryer girls from Roland, Manitoba passed away on her birthday. She was predeceased by her sisters: Mabel, Iris, Edith and Connie all of whom led long and productive lives. Mildred (also known as Billie 'cause she was supposed to be the long-awaited son) was a very courageous and adventuresome person, a real trooper. She was never afraid to try something new or to go somewhere just to see what it was all about. From living in Brandon, she moved to Winnipeg and worked at Eaton's. She met and married Carroll Johnston and her daughter was born. There were good times and not so good times. In 1954 Mildred met and married Fred Beardsley and she moved to North Vancouver starting a new life. She missed her 82 year old mom, though, and brought Alice out West - first time on an airplane - and her sisters and their families soon followed. She worked for the American Consulate in Winnipeg and in Vancouver, then hired on as a receptionist with the City of North Vancouver in what is now Presentation House. When the Courthouse/Police Station was built on East 13th Street (now gone), she worked there, then moved to the new City Hall where she remained until retiring. Mildred was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in her mid-forties. In spite of difficulties related to this disease, she persevered and enjoyed her life. She is survived by her family who loved her and friends who care. No service. Her ashes will be laid to rest beside her mother and Fred in the North Vancouver Cemetery.
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Published in The North Shore News from Mar. 23 to Mar. 24, 2014