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Date of Passing: Mar 29, 2019

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Bessie-Marie Hill, of Winnipeg, Manitoba formerly of Lenore, Manitoba, passed away at Beacon Hill Lodge - Winnipeg, Friday, March 29, 2019 at the age of 85 years.
Funeral services will be held from Lenore Community Church - Lenore on Monday, April 8, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. with Linda Clark officiating. Interment will be in Breadalbane Cemetery.
A Celebration of Life will also take place in Winnipeg at a later date.
For those who so desire, memorial tributes may be made to Breadalbane Cemetery or a charity of your choice in memory of Bessie-Marie.

E-mail messages of condolence or sign the online Book of Condolences at

G.R. Carscadden Funeral Chapel - Virden
in care of arrangements.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 05, 2019

Condolences & Memories (10 entries)

  • Bess Marie was a wonderful person and friend. She cared for others and made it her life to do so...God bless her always! - Posted by: David Milgaard (Friend) on: Jul 01, 2019

  • Miss Hill was my teacher for both Grade 4 and 5 for the 73/74 and 74/75 school year at CFB Lahr. I always hoped that one day I would bump into her and apologize for being such a little turd in her class, and also thank her for all the effort she put in, trying to make a better person of me. - Posted by: David Kean (Former Student) on: Apr 25, 2019

  • It is with great sadness that my husband and I learned of Bessie-Marie's passing. We first met Bessie-Marie in Lahr, Germany at a DND reunion in 2004. I had been a former student and she a former teacher. We quickly became friends, despite our age difference, as I was also a teacher, and she knew many of the teachers that had taught me while I was a student at Lahr Senior in the late '70s. We kept in touch, exchanging letters and phone calls. Several years later we had the pleasure of a visit to Newfoundland by Bessie-Marie. I drove to St. John's to pick her up at the airport and we spent the night with my parents. They spent many hours reminiscing about all their Lahr experiences. My husband and I enjoyed Bessie's company for several days, showing her some of the island's highlights and of course partaking in some of the local dishes and beverages. Her adventure continued in Twillingate where she met up with another Newfoundlander, also named Bessie-Marie....who was named after a family fishing schooner. The two had become friends many years earlier. Bessie-Marie touched many lives, and her smile and laughter was infectious. I've heard many comments from former students about how she was their favourite teacher. Her love of people, life and travel can be seen in the tributes and comments made here on this site. I feel blessed to have known her and been her friend. - Posted by: Linda Bailet (Friend) on: Apr 25, 2019

  • I met Bessie-Marie through Friendship Force Winnipeg in 2015. I enjoyed hearing her stories especially about her love of teaching! I only learned today that she taught at the same school (Royal) as my deceased husband! It would have been heart warming to talk about our connection! But I know Bessie-Marie will connect with him in heaven! She was a “one of a kind, spirited lady”. My condolences to her family. - Posted by: Carol De Baets (Friendship Force Winnipeg) on: Apr 09, 2019

  • My condolences to Bessie Marie's family, I was fortunate to have taught grade 3 at Royal School with Bessie Marie for probably close to ten years. What a wonderful experience! I taught her class French while she taught my class Social Studies. She actually taught them about the world. Often our classes combined to listen to Bessie Marie's stories and her slides of her world travels. I was introduced to Robbie Burns Day, Chinese New Year, Matrioska Dolls and of course Shrove Tuesday. We had a history lesson about Shrove Tuesday then we ate pancakes prepared by parents of our students. She was a colleague and a friend. When my daughter Leigha was fighting cancer Bessie Marie called often offering my family and I comfort and support. She made she many of my former colleagues were informed of my daughter's progress. She liked to hear how my children were doing since they often visited me at school, sometimes stopping in to say hello to Bessie Marie. I was unfortunate that Bessie Marie's mobility was impaired for several years. Her enthusiasm and zeal will be something I will always cherish and remember. She was a true friend. John Conci - Posted by: john conci (friend) on: Apr 09, 2019

  • Dear Hill Family: It is with true sadness that we say Good - Bye to a Great Teacher, a strong community supporter and a cousin and friend. Our thoughts & prayers are with you all. Love from, Florence & Ernie & families. - Posted by: Ernie & Florence (Nelson) Finkle (Ist Cousin) on: Apr 08, 2019

  • Bessie-Marie you were as feisty as they come, and I loved you, your smile and your spunk. You will be missed. xo - Posted by: Dianne Renick (Friend) on: Apr 05, 2019

  • Bessie-Marie's family: I am so, so sorry to hear this sad news. Bessie-Marie was a very long-time friend (from 1967 in Kenora, Ontario ), having taught one of my two sons at Pinecrest School. We remained friends while she lived in Germany & Winnipeg and I moved away to Ottawa, Vancouver and now Gibsons, BC - and stayed with her or visited when I traveled to Winnipeg. "When someone you love becomes a memory, That memory becomes a treasure." May the peace of the One who holds us gently in our grief be with all of you. Marlene Oussoren - Posted by: Marlene Oussoren (Longtime friend and colleague from Kenora, Ontario) on: Apr 05, 2019

  • In 1950, Bessie-Marie boarded with my parents, Anne and Norm Spain, while she taught at Bunclody School. She maintained a friendship for their entire lives and was an honoured guest at Mom’s 90th birthday in May of 2016. She was a remarkable lady whom I will never forget. My condolences to her family. - Posted by: Myrna Cavers (Friend) on: Apr 05, 2019

  • Loved her sense of humor. - Posted by: Nancy Clendenan (FFI) on: Apr 05, 2019

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