Laura Martha BECK

(nee Muyres)

It is with profound sadness the family of Laura Beck announce their mom’s passing on Oct. 5, 2010, 3 days before her 84th birthday.

Laura leaves her four children to mourn her passing. Barry (Rena) Hay River, NWT, Sharon (Joe) Westlock, AB, Beverley (Barry) Tumble Ridge, Holly (Brad) Kamloops, 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. 2 sisters Alvina Pitzel, Humboldt, Sask. Helen Boehm, Calgary, AB. Numerous nieces and nephews and her special friend Doug Brett Chilliwack.

Born Oct. 8, 1926, Laura was the sixth & final child of Leonard & Clara Muyres. Raised on the family homestead in St. Gregor SK. Laura moved with her sisters to Humboldt SK after finishing her schooling, where she started her career in the retail business – her father commenting that Laura could & would sell an ice box to the Eskimos!!! !!!

Laura met and married Rueben Beck in St. Gregor Dec. 28, 1948. In 1955 mom & dad moved the family to Chilliwack where they bought the home which would serve the family for the next 45 years. Mom loved Chilliwack and threw all her energy into raising us. With dad away on mining projects or construction jobs mom would hold down the fort, working full time managing ladies wear shops but ever the mom working hard by hook or by crook to help and guide us all in the right direction no matter what our age. In the late 60’s mom and dad moved to the mine at Kitsault on the northern B.C. coast then Ely Nevada and finally Hinton, AB.

After dad’s death in 1977 mom returned home to Chilliwack. Laura met Joe Striefel and entered another phase of her life. Getting involved with the business and becoming an active supporter of various political campaigns kept her physically busy and mentally sharp. Holly and the girls came back to Chilliwack and mom took an active hand in helping out.

After Joe’s death in ‘96 mom became great friends with Doug Brett. Looking out for each other and travelling to the desert together was a special time for mom. Mom’s favourite pastime was shopping and looking for a good deal. She hated paying full price for anything and considered shopping a full contact sport where she loved to haggle and barter.

Travelling brought much enjoyment and of course new bargains to shop for. She had a personality and style that just stood out and once you met her you just couldn’t forget Laura.

Thank you to the people of The Waverly for all their loving care towards our Mother when her family couldn’t be with her.

No service by request. Donations to the Diabetes Association would be appreciated.

Online condolences can be left at www.hendersonsfunerals.com