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Born: Dec 24, 1916

Date of Passing: Sep 27, 2021

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We are extremely sad to share that our delightful caring mom "Bea" Beatrice Mary Attree, nee Mitchell died peacefully on September 27, 2021 at 104.76 years young. Mom was born on December 24, Christmas Eve, 1916. She came right down the chimney!
Mom was predeceased by her parents, James and Lillian (Mitchell); by her husband Edward (Ted); and by her siblings, Jack (Irene), Jim (Hilda), Leila (Berry) Littlewood, Joyce (Bev) Lloyd and Margaret (Ted) Lacey. Mom leaves behind her three daughters, Linda Attree, Janice (David) Attree-Smith, and Wendy (Dieter) Koberstein; granddaughter Lisa Beere and her children Valerie and Fiona; and stepgrandchildren, Simon Smith, Sarah Smith and Deona Koberstein. Also celebrating her life well-lived are several nieces, nephews and their families as well as the many friends at Sterling House, The Rosewood and The Arbours at Lindenpointe.
Mom's formative years were fulfilled by a wonderful home life along with nurturing through the many activities provided by St. Alban's Anglican Church. Mom was active in the Choir, Young People's Club and the Church Guild.
Mom's first job was at Kresge's Department Store at nine dollars per week. After one and one-half years she managed to save enough to attend Business College for a short time. She worked at Eaton's until she was offered a secretarial job with Osler Hammand and Nanton. After a most enjoyable three years there she was 'called' (the Second World War was on) by the Government of Canada. She became secretary to the head of the Women's Division of the Unemployment Insurance Commission. In 1944 Mom married Dad, embarking on the happiest years of their lives raising their three daughters.
After a few years of becoming empty nesters Mom accepted Dad's challenge "to see how the rest of the world lives", and at the age of 60 accepted a very interesting position with the Workman's Compensation Board, retiring in 1981.
Mom enjoyed sewing, walking, choir work which included singing in the Philharmonic, travel, bridge and badminton, retiring her racquet at the tender age of 80! She was an active member of the Golden Rule Senior's Association where mom happily embraced various volunteer duties. Her mottos were "Be kind to others" and "Do your best, leave the rest". She definitely strived to live by those important words and to be of service throughout her long life.
We would like to express our appreciation to all the folks who had an active role in mom's journey. A very special thank you to Helen from Home Instead, who quickly became more like a caring daughter to our mom.
As per Mom's request, cremation has taken place. A celebration of Mom's life will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Variety the Children's Charity of Manitoba, 440 Don Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3L 0S4, or call 204-982-1050. Mom would like that.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 02, 2021

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • What a long and useful life Bea led! She was very kind to my sister when help was needed, and a good friend to my mother, who was widowed in her early 40s. I was impressed by how interested Bea was in other people. She was a good listener, always curious to know what was happening and why. I have not lived in Winnipeg for many years so it is just by happy chance that I logged on and saw her splendid obituary. Rest in peace, Bea, and all the best to your lovely family. - Posted by: Barbara Black Peden (Neighbour and friend) on: Oct 04, 2021

  • My deepest condolences to the Attree family. I've known Bea most of my life. We were so blessed to have her sing in the choir at both my Mom & Dad's funerals at St. Albans Church. Bea would also attend the annual teas at Fred Tipping Place years ago. - Posted by: Gail Hill (Rathbone) (Friend) on: Oct 03, 2021

  • I have fond memories of Bea from my time as Rector of St. Alban's. She was a dedicated Choir member (along with her sister Leila) and I remember her being part of the badminton club that played in the Parish Hall. May she rest in peace and may all her family know God's comfort as they mourn her passing. - Posted by: Jim Njegovan (Acquaintance) on: Oct 02, 2021

  • What a lovely tribute. Your mom was a women's advocate long before we knew of the phrase! Her motto's are simple and true and definitely worth repeating over & over. My condolences to the family. Sadly missed but always remembered. Her generous and joyful spirit lives on in her daughter. - Posted by: Michelle L (friend of daughter) on: Oct 02, 2021

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