Beverley Gowe

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GOWE, Beverley
We mourn the loss but celebrate the life of Beverley Barbara Gowe (nee Tarr) who died peacefully on August 15, 2012 following a 21-year battle with ovarian cancer.
Bev/Mom/Gran was a woman of family and faith.
She will be deeply missed and forever cherished by her husband, soul-mate and best friend, David, and her 3 sons and their families: Geoff, Addy, Daryn & Kennedy; Chris, Christine, Sarah & Ryan, and; Greg, Adrienne, Micah & Maleah. We are so grateful that Mom's determination to live in recent months allowed her to enjoy a final family vacation (Mexico, March), reach her 75th birthday (May 14), meet her new granddaughter, Maleah (born July 16), and celebrate her 50th wedding anniversary (August 4).
Mom's passing is also mourned by her brother David Tarr (Gisele), her sister-in-law and brothers- in-law, Lorna & David Staley, Ted Gowe and Norris Wood, and her many nieces, nephews, cousins and their families. Mom was predeceased by her parents, Barbara & Robert Tarr, and her sister Valerie Wood.
Mom's Christian faith was the other pillar of her life and her Christian education work at West Van Baptist Church (including Walk to Bethlehem and Vacation Bible School), and also at Ebenezer Baptist and with the International Center for Learning/Gospel Light, defined her working life and contribution to the community. These organizations were also the focal point of her social life and she made many friends through her involvement with them.
From the time Mom was first diagnosed with cancer in 1991, she received exceptional medical care, primarily at Lion's Gate Hospital, and most notably from Dr. Paul Klimo, Dr. Hayley Broker & Dr. Paul Sugar. The family is very appreciative of their commitment to treating and caring for Mom.
As a family, we are grateful to, and would like to thank, all of those from the church, Bible study group, Ovarian Cancer Support Group and Mom's other social circles who dropped by to visit over the last year, who assisted in her care over the last few months, who came to the Hospice to say goodbye in the last few days and who have sent emails, phoned or otherwise reached out to Mom and our family. Your kind wishes and love meant a lot to Mom and means a lot to us.
Mom - you were dad's special "girl", your sons' unwavering Mama Bear and your grand-kids' beloved Gran. Our hearts hurt but we know it was now time for you to go. We will miss you and will forever love you.
A memorial service will be at 2 pm on September 8 at West Van Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, Mom wished that donations be made to Barnabas Family Ministries or Lions Gate Hospital.

Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province from Aug. 24 to Aug. 25, 2012
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