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Date of Passing: Feb 28, 2017

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RICHARDA (REX) MARIANNE BEATTY (nee MERK) It is with great sadness that on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at Actionmarguerite (Taché) Richarda passed away at the age of 100. Richarda is survived by her daughter Florence Novak (Kenny); 11 grandchildren, Suzanne, Heather, Chris, Colin M., Derrick, Colin D., Steven, Ken, James, Jason and Daniel; brother Verne (Irene); sister Dona; and many beloved nieces, nephews and great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by daughter Marliyne Thelma Miley; five sisters, Anne, Peggy, Barbara, Connie and Mary; three brothers George, Joey, Mickey; parents Anton and Angelina (Bulloch) Merk. Mum was born on a farm near Vibank, SK. Her friends called her Rex because she was a very good baseball player. We loved to hear the story about taking her little brothers and sisters for a ride in the old Model T. When she was left in charge her mother would say "Richarda! don't cook and don't cut hair" remember she was 12 years old. She loved her little brothers and sisters and cared for them. Mum moved to Regina to work. She met and then married George David Beatty in 1941. Dad was a Staff Sargent during the War. Later he worked for CN Railroad and they were transferred to Thunder Bay, ON and finally, for mum, to Winnipeg, which she called home for the rest of life. Our mother was beautiful and very stylish and made sure the Beatty girls looked smart when they stepped out the door. Regina was her home and we made many trips by train over the years from Winnipeg. Mother kept a special place in her heart for her "American Cousins" so visits there were very special. Mum was her happiest around family with lots of food and lots of lively conversation. Her door was always open. Mum's grandchildren were the light of her life. Her wish for all of us was to be healthy, happy and "gainfully employed". From the moment you were born she loved you all. Mum accepted with dignity her fragility as she grew old. To be able to celebrate her 100th birthday was such a blessing to her family. She was such a gracious hostess. Richarda now joins her Heavenly family-so 'till we meet again we love you! The family would like to thank Actionmarguerite especially the staff on 5AB for their compassionate care of mum. You were her earthly angels. She always felt safe and protected in your care. Prayers will be said on Sunday, March 5 at 5:30 p.m. at Cropo Funeral Chapel, 1442 Main Street. A Funeral Service will be held on Monday, March 6 at 10:00 a.m. also at the Chapel. Interment to follow in Brookside Cemetery, 3001 Notre Dame Avenue. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Richarda's memory to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba. CROPO FUNERAL CHAPEL 204-586-8044

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 04, 2017

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • I read the obituary in the paper. Rex had a full life living to an amazing 100 years old! I remember her well ... even though it was many many years ago that I last saw her. My condolences to all. Rest in peace Mrs. Beatty. - Posted by: Joan Lombaert Cyrenne (Friend of Florence) on: Mar 09, 2017

  • I was so touched by the wonderful letters she wrote to my Dad and all of us. She remembered Dad's birthday every year, and was a dear loving sister. What a special Aunt who had so much passion for life and love for family. She's an inspiration to me, and it's been a joy to see her reach her 100th birthday this year. - Posted by: Michele Rumbold (Niece; Edmonton) on: Mar 06, 2017

  • Aunty Richarda was my Winnipeg family when I attended university or visited the big city over many years. Her magical little house on Dubuc St. could hold as many people as showed up, feed all those people from the back garden and secret food stores downstairs, and seat everyone formally and with butter in the proper dish. She taught me how to appreciate the little, very important things in life. Her long life allowed us many chances for get-togethers with loved ones and her happiness and strength on her hundredth birthday will be a cherished memory. Enjoy your eternal rest my sweet aunty. - Posted by: Laura Kennedy (Niece) on: Mar 04, 2017

  • A Special person, will always be remembered. - Posted by: Rod Merk (Nephew) on: Mar 04, 2017

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