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Born: Apr 13, 1949

Date of Passing: Apr 01, 2021

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It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Beth Harrison (nee Wells) at the Riverview Heath Centre on Thursday April 1, 2021.
Ageless in her approach to life, Mom lost her battle with cancer after a brave fight physically, emotionally, and with quiet dignity and courage that was an inspiration to everyone who walked the journey with her.
Mom was born in Toronto, Ontario on April 13, 1949. She is predeceased by her parents, Douglas and Noreen Wells, and her brother Bryan Wells.
Most of Mom's working years were spent at the University of Manitoba and Wilfred Laurier University, where she developed long-lasting friendships. She worked as an Executive Assistant to three of Laurier's presidents during her career, an example of her ingenuity and hard work ethic. Mom was fortunate enough to take early retirement after 15 years of service with Laurier, and relocated in 2014 from Waterloo to Winnipeg to be closer to her family.
Mom loved the arts and had an eye for interior design and fashion. She enjoyed life around people, taking in all family and social gatherings, walking the Seine River trail, and always looking forward to her summer getaways with friends.
Mom was a strong, selfless, and caring woman that had a passion for putting her family and friends first. You were always greeted with a contagious smile, a hug and a genuine interest in how you were doing. Mom was a social butterfly, always first to engage in conversation with everyone she met; to know her was to love her.
Mom's passing takes away from this world, a gentle, warm and loving spirit that brought light to everyone who knew her.
Mom will be fondly remembered and deeply missed by her daughter Sharla (Bryan) Zelmer, granddaughter Kieryn, sister Karen, brother Donnie (Patsy) Gillis, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
We say goodbye with love and gratitude for the person she was and she will always be in the hearts of those who love her. Her family and each of her many friends will have their own cherished memories of who she was to them. Mom will continue to shine in all our hearts, a light that will never grow dim.
No formal service will be held. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to CancerCare Manitoba - CancerCare Prevention Initiatives, or to the Children's Hospital Foundation.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 10, 2021

Condolences & Memories (20 entries)

  • I had the great pleasure of working with Beth while she was at Laurier. She was the kindest, most gentle soul and a wonderful mentor to me early in my career. I am very saddened to hear of her passing and send my deepest condolences to her family and friends. She was always a bright light. - Posted by: Shelley Huxley (Work Colleague) on: Jun 15, 2021

  • We are so saddened by the news of Bethies’ passing. Our friendship (Jan) began in Junior High School, when her sister, Karen and I became best friends. Boo was always around and making us laugh or tattling on us to her mom, for no reason I’m sure. And then we all grew up and went our separate ways, but were always in touch with each other. Then came our marriages and at that time, my husband Dennis joined the friendship. I can still hear Boo laughing at his every word - it was so infectious! Years separated us when we made the move to Denver, Colorado and then many years later - a connection again. We wish there had been more time together, but cherish the early memories we have. This beautiful, caring, loving lady has left her mark on this world and on us and she will be greatly missed. Prayers for her family and especially for our dear friend Karen as we all learn to live without her. - Posted by: Dennis and Jan (Friends) on: May 03, 2021

  • My heartfelt condolences to Beth's family and friends for their loss. I had the privilege of working with Beth at Laurier and she was always so professional and kind. She spoke fondly of Sharla and Brian and was thrilled when she learned that she was going to be a grandmother. It was clear that the birth of Keiryn was a deciding moment for Beth and she knew she needed to move back to her roots and spend quality time with her family and friends. She loved these past years in Winnipeg and I know she will be dearly missed. With kindness, Gail - Posted by: Gail Forsyth (Laurier Colleague) on: Apr 15, 2021

  • I am so very sorry and saddened by the news of Beth's passing. I had the great pleasure of working with Beth at Laurier and we became good friends. Although we hadn't been in contact as much when she moved to Winnipeg, she always held a special place in my heart. She was a dear friend and a beautiful soul. My deepest sympathies to Sharla, Brian, Kieryn and all the family. We have lost a very special lady. - Posted by: Cec (friend) on: Apr 15, 2021

  • I am so terribly sorry for the loss of your mom, she spoke of you with such great love. Beth and I met when we were both new to John Dafoe school. We were both going into the same class in grade 4. We became fast friends and did everything together, riding bikes to each other's house, sleep overs, and CGIT to name but a few things. Beth made a point of searching for me when she moved back to Winnipeg. We made new memories as well as shared the good old times. I will miss our lunches and phone calls terribly. I could never have asked for a better friend. I was and will always be blessed for having been her friend all these years. Love you, Boo - Posted by: Judy Gilroy (Friend) on: Apr 14, 2021

  • Beth was a most helpful and very well organized assistant during my years as president of WLU. She had some difficult issues with her health and so on but she never let it affect her work - she was the most discreet person! I was so glad she stayed to work with my successors but we always kept in touch. Her daughter and granddaughter meant the world to her. My condolences to them and to all her family. I will remember with fondness and admiration. - Posted by: Lorna Marsden (we worked together at Wilfrid Laurier) on: Apr 14, 2021

  • Beth was very welcoming and very helpful when I joined Laurier as a dean in 2007. My sincere condolences to her family. I am very sorry for your loss. - Posted by: Deborah MacLatchy (Colleague at Laurier) on: Apr 13, 2021

  • Beth was such a lovely friend and mentor to me working at WLU. She was always warm, caring, generous with her time and advice. She was a special lady that will be greatly missed. My sincere condolences to her family. - Posted by: Kelly (WLU friend) on: Apr 12, 2021

  • I met Beth in 1974 while we were watching our guys curl, we hit it off right away and that was the beginning of a 47 year friendship! In all those years my first impressions of her never changed! She was beautiful, smart, fun loving and a trustworthy friend, who always thought of others first. A favourite memory that made us tear up every time .....was when I held Sharla for the first time having just found out I too, would have a baby soon! I will miss my friend. Rest In Peace Boo ❤️ - Posted by: Shar Dreger (Friend) on: Apr 12, 2021

  • Beth truly was a very special lady here at Laurier. I am very sorry for your family's loss. - Posted by: Wendy Rittinger (friend from work at WLU) on: Apr 12, 2021

  • My heartfelt condolences to Sharla, Bryan and Kieran. Beth had the wonderful gift of making everyone feel loved and valued. She always saw the best in everyone. Take courage in the wonderful memories we have of such a caring, spirited friend. Love, Betty Fawcett - Posted by: Betty Fawcett (Friend) on: Apr 12, 2021

  • I remember delivering mail and couriers to her office. She was a beautiful person inside and out. Always a kind word. My condolences to her family 💜 - Posted by: Mike Roussel (Friend ) on: Apr 12, 2021

  • I will always remember our phone calls and our laughs during our conversations. Just like her brother she left a lasting memory with me forever. Never forgotten. 🙏❤️ - Posted by: Joe Duffy (Cousin) on: Apr 11, 2021

  • Heartfelt condolences to the family of my beautiful friend Beth. I hold very many wonderful memories of time spent together. Memories I will cherish. We shared so much. She taught me to enjoy red wine. I taught her how to pack a mean picnic. Fun times. Lots of laughter. Beth was the most kind, caring, giving person and a true friend. Her family was her life. As her friend you were fortunate. She had a flair for design both with her taste in clothes and her decorating. Such a classy woman. She will be in my heart forever. Rest my friend. You gave your best. - Posted by: Jessie Maniatacos (Friend) on: Apr 10, 2021

  • Beth was a warm, amazing person to work with at Laurier. Condolences to her family. - Posted by: Cory-Ann Richardson-Crews (Friend) on: Apr 10, 2021

  • A very special lady, very proud of her family! A sincere and caring person who will be missed by all but especially me! Many many memories! - Posted by: Bob rosehart (Close friend) on: Apr 10, 2021

  • My heartfelt condolences Sharla on the passing of your mom❤️ I have only fond, lovely memories of her while growing up! She shared her fashion sense with me at an early age by handing down her bell bottom jeans that I so cherished! I loved how she reached out and connected with me at times through these past years. She was a special person Many hugs to you Sharla & family ❤️ - Posted by: Christine McKinnon (Family ) on: Apr 10, 2021

  • The obit for Beth says it all. She was gentle but always loved a good time. I will miss our chats and texts. She even took time to do a video for her Aunt’s 90th birthday while she was feeling unwell. Selfless love. That was Beth. 🙏 Love you Beth - Posted by: Deb Bodnarchuk (Cousin) on: Apr 10, 2021

  • I have so many happy memories of Beth, especially when she visited my home in the country. The entire day was filled with laughter, good food and spending time on “The Porch”. She supported me during happy times and sad times, like when my lab Shadow died, she was my rock. Cherished friends never leave you, they are always with you in your heart. Until we met again, Beth❤️ - Posted by: Mary (Friend) on: Apr 10, 2021

  • My deepest condolences to Beth’s family. She was a special person; a kind and generous soul, a bright light, who brought joy to those lives she touched. I had the privilege of knowing Beth as a dear friend after a chance meeting in 2015 where we discovered we were close neighbours and both loved to walk. Since then we made countless memories which I will cherish always. Beth will be greatly missed and never forgotten . - Posted by: Mona Malaterre (Friend) on: Apr 10, 2021

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