CHARLOTTE EDITH BEECH
MAY 6, 1914 - NOVEMBER 15, 2012
On Thursday November 15, 2012 Charlotte Edith Beech passed away peacefully in her 98th year at Central Haven Nursing home. Charlotte is survived by her three daughters: Joy (Tim), Joan (Joe) and Judy, ten grandchildren: Darren McInnes, Barry (Laurie) McInnes, Dwight McInnes (Sharon), Keri (Trevor) Humphries, Dennis (Marilyn)Palmer, Rhonda Palmer (Darcy), Kevin Palmer, Colleen (Mike) Gibson, Hali (Dale) McLean, Devon (Jenny) Sandvold, as well as, twenty- three great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. Charlotte is predeceased by her parents: Edith and William Tilbury, husband Fred, sister Lena Higgins, brother in law Norris Higgins, nephew Donald Higgins, Grandson-in-law Blair Dietz, and Granddaughter-in-law Sherri McInnes. Charlotte was born and raised in Dunblane, Saskatchewan where she received her education, met and married Fred and raised three daughters.
Mom and Dad enjoyed 38 years of marriage. In her earlier years, Mom and Dad opened their home to railroad workers, school teachers and men working on the South Saskatchewan Dam project. This meant endless hours of cooking, cleaning and laundering. She would be fondly remembered by the borders as a fantastic cook! Not only did mom extend warm hospitality to others she also took great pride in her home and herself. Described by many as a "classy lady!" Shortly after retirement Mom and Dad moved to Saskatoon where the next phase of life began…. Grandparenting! She rarely missed a dance recital or hockey game for the next 25 years!
For many years mom looked forward to boarding the VIA rail passenger train in the wee hours of the night to spend time with Joan, her grandchildren and her friends in Petersfield, MB. In 1978 Dad passed away- Mom faced this change with her usual grace, always positive and consistent, but now as a widow. Mom continued to attend or watch on TV every sporting event going (especially the Roughriders). She began carpet bowling, joined Gateway Theatre, attended Knit and Knatter, and crocheted or made quilts for her family. She travelled abroad with her sister Lena, never taking for granted the simplicities of life such as tending to her house plants, enjoying a cup of tea with neighbours or a glass of white wine with family. Mom caught her first fish when she was 90 years of age!
Church has been a part of her life for many years. She attended Sunday school and church faithfully. At age 13 she became the church and school organist/pianist. In Saskatoon, she became a member of Mayfair United Church congregation. Mom always had TIME. Time to listen, to support and inquire about your day. She was non judgemental never saying an ill word about others and she was humble. Most of us strive to be good people – she did it naturally! How blessed we have been to have such an inspiring beauty among us for so many years. A special "Thank You" to Central Haven Nursing home. From the consistent, kind kitchen staff to the nursing staff and Aides to the cleaning, recreation and laundry staff throughout the last five years "Thank You" for making Mom as comfortable as possible- your efforts did not go unnoticed! To Patti and Rosa: just knowing you were there when we couldn't be meant a lot to us! Thank you so very much!
A Service of Remembrance will be held at Mayfair United Church (902 33rd St. West) on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. with interment of cremains to follow at Woodlawn cemetery. If desired, a donation be made with Charlotte's name to the Children's Hospital Foundation Of Saskatchewan (Suite 1-345 3rd Ave S Saskatoon, SK S7K 1M6. Condolences may be sent to email@example.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to SASKATOON FUNERAL HOME (244-5577).