Oct 1, 1930 – Nov 15, 2017
It is with sadness but love and admiration for our beautiful mother Beverly that we announce her passing at the age of 87.
Mum was born in Victoria BC and is predeceased by her parents Bjarne and Bonnie Arnet and her brother Edgar.
She leaves behind 3 children Karen (Craig) Russ, Rod (Jill)Cook, Nadine (Richard) Butler, 8 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. Plus, her Tofino daughter Debbie McCartney her 4 boys and their children.
After studying ballet and tap in Victoria mum opened the Sooke School of Dance and taught until marriage took her to a logging camp on Quadra Is. A later move to Campbell River gave her the opportunity to join the community clubs that she would enjoy for the remainder of her days.
Mum was a member of the Native Daughters of BC and rose to the rank of Grand Chief Factor, a position she was very proud of. She also volunteered at the Campbell River museum and was the secretary/treasurer of the Campbell River Judo Club where her husband and children trained. Mum preferred to curl which she did for all the years she was in Campbell River.
After moving to Tofino mum took up line dancing with the Tuff City line dancers. Still wanting to be involved in her community mum became a 4-term director of the Tofino Co-op, was on the hospital board, senior housing committee, a member of the Tofino Legion Ladies Auxiliary, a volunteer at Maquinna Elementary and an active member in her church St. Columba where she arranged the flowers every week.
Mum loved to travel and spent many winters in Hawaii with her cousin Lorraine. Summers would be spent in her lovely garden and visitors would always be welcomed in for a cup of tea and a lemon cookie.
Mum’s deteriorating memory made living alone a challenge and her family would like to thank her friends and the merchants of Tofino who so kindly kept an eye on her, especially granddaughter Kelsey with her pots of homemade soup.
Mum’s last 2 years were spent at the Cairnsmore Senior’s Residence in Duncan where she was treated like family. We can’t thank the staff enough for the care and kindness Mum received, she always told anyone who asked, “It’s like I’m on a holiday”.
A celebration of life will follow in the spring at St. Columba Church in Tofino.