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Date of Passing: Jul 28, 2022

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Thursday July 28, just before noon we lost a wonderful, compassionate, trailblazer of a woman.
Beverley was born and lived most of her life in Winnipeg, where in 1957 she graduated from the St. Boniface School of Nursing as a registered nurse. Trained by the vigilant Grey Nuns she learned to endure long working hours and selflessness, which she applied to both her career and personal life. She later furthered her education by becoming a licensed Radiation Technician. Beverley served from November 1958 – February 1964 with the Royal Canadian Air Force Reserve medical unit. There were many fond memories of weekend fly ins to remote settlements with no access to medical care all over Manitoba, and as far north as Baffin Island. By 1960 she was stationed in Germany working at the 3-wing medical unit in Zweibruken.
She later moved to Vancouver, working at Vancouver General Hospital. In 1968 Beverley sacrificed her active lifestyle of sailing, skiing and her rewarding job at V.G.H. to move back to Winnipeg with her newborn daughter Jennifer. She devoted herself to being an amazing and loving mother while continuing her career as an emergency department nurse back at her old alumni hospital of St. Boniface. She later returned to treating patients at the Cancer Foundation of Manitoba radiation unit until her retirement in 1991. Not wanting to sit idle, Beverly took a job at the antique shop up the street, delving in to her love of anything antique.
In 2004, she moved back to Vancouver to help raise her beloved grandson Frank. She spent many hours making cakes and cookies with him, taking him to preschool and fun outings. Beverley loved travelling and visiting with friends and family. Her primary school spelling bee wins served her well as a scrabble partner who was hard to beat. She was a great family historian who related many anecdotes and stories of our family's past. If you didn't know how you were related to a cousin, Beverly could tell you exactly who your common ancestor was and how many second or third once removed cousins you were. She curated many family photos and letters dating back to the 1840s.
Beverley was predeceased by her parents Wilf and Hazel, and her brother Jim. She will be dearly missed by her daughter Jennifer (Chris), grandson Frank, many relatives and friends. Interment will be at a later date at Chapel Lawn in Winnipeg.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 06, 2022

Condolences & Memories (6 entries)

  • What an accomplished, adventurous and caring person Bev was! My mom, Myrtle Schmidt, was good friends with her and I believe worked at the VGH with her (along with Edit and Betty). I just came across a photo of the 4 of them last month and showed it to my mom. Myrtle died one day after Bev and their obits both appeared in the paper on the same day. My heartfelt condolences to the family. - Posted by: Jay S (Daughter of a friend) on: Aug 08, 2022

  • That is a wonderful obituary, Jennifer. You did your mom proud. I’ve always enjoyed my visits with you and Bev and Chris and Frank and Megan. Christmas and Thanksgiving will never be the same without her fabulous smile and enthusiastic interest in everyone around her. My condolences to all of you. I’m glad you had such a joyful, loving, and helpful woman in your life for so long. - Posted by: Casey Wolf (Friend ) on: Aug 06, 2022

  • There were many happy memories associated with Bev and her family. I remember the wonderful visits we had. When my loved ones passed she was there to help. Thanks Bev you will always be in my heart and mind. - Posted by: Rob Strom (Cousin) on: Aug 06, 2022

  • My condolences Jennifer on the passing of your mother. I am glad I had a telephone visit with her earlier this year. Frank was the main topic of our conversations, she was so proud of him. Hugs to you and Frank. - Posted by: Joyce Gorzen (Friend) on: Aug 06, 2022

  • Bev was a warm caring person whome June Wells & I enjoyed over many years, mostly seeing how she cared for brother Jim & others, including me,when arranging a scooter when I used crutches for a few days. Recently her cousin Sharan gave me her BC phone number, regret no answer. We have some fotos in her file for our pleasure or for any who would like copies. Thank you for the detailed obituary & lfe stories. We should all have these well before we die. Denzil in Ottawa & Winnipeg - Posted by: Denzil Feinberg CFP R.F.P. (Friend of Families, Financial Planner) on: Aug 06, 2022

  • Will miss her visits to Vancouver Island and talks about Winnipeg And family Cousin Cam died a week before Bev at age 90 Love Barb and family - Posted by: M Millan ( Cousin) on: Aug 06, 2022

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