On the morning of February 4th, Beverley Anne Mathews (nee Horrex) 86, peacefully passed away at her home with her children Sheril, Jeannie, and Richard Mathews by her side. Bev was preceded by her husband of 60 years Bill (Oct. 2009). Bev is survived by Richard’s wife Christine, Sheril’s children Samantha and Brian (Amy), great-granddaughter Nyla and Ed Brenton, her traveling and crib companion and most importantly her loving close friend.
Bev grew up in Enderby B.C. , daughter of Nora and Charles Horrex. She attended and completed Normal School in Victoria (1947-48), and took her first teaching job at Von Donop on Cortez Island. After her children were well into their school years, Bev returned to teach at Manson’s Landing (Cortez Island Elem. Junior Sec.). Being an avid learner, she attended summer school and distance learning to obtain her Bachelor of Education from the University of Victoria. After retirement, Bev’s next job was dishwasher at the Taka Mika. She described this job as a joy! No papers to mark or bells constantly ringing! However, she could not stop teaching and went to Darwin, Australia as an exchange teacher and then ESL teacher in Amori, Japan. When Bev and Bill left Whaletown and moved to Campbell River, Bev became an active volunteer in both ESL and Adult Literacy. “Mrs. Mathews” enriched the lives of countless students of all ages, and many describe her as their favourite teacher. Bev was a wonderful mother and a good friend to many. She will always be missed.
The family wishes to thank the Palliative nurses, Dr. Proctor and Father Jan Grotkowski for their endless support and help.
A celebration of her life will be announced and held in April.