Beatrice CLARKE

CLARKE, Beatrice Victoria. May 24, 1923 – Feb. 7, 2014. Passed away peacefully, surrounded by family. Bea is survived by her siblings Harold Plumsteel and Margaret (Ken) McLennan, sons Jim (Pat) Rogers and Ted (Karen) Clarke, granddaughters Leanne (Patrick) Giommi, Lisa (Milo) Kowbel, Ashley (Stefan) Schuster, great-grandchildren Giulia and Emilia Giommi, Aurelia and Alden Demandre and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. She was predeceased by her daughter Angela (Ken) Kowbel, husband Edward Clarke, sisters Kay (Charlie) Lemon and Vivian (Max) Zuest. Born and raised in Vancouver, BC, Bea also lived in West Vancouver, Chilliwack, Abbotsford and Salt Spring Island. Bea worked for the Bank of Montreal in various Vancouver branches, as well as the Chilliwack branch then retired after 35 years of service. An active member in any community she found herself in, Bea’s sense of humor and spirit of cooperation and service benefited all – her achievements and awards in volunteerism are numerous.

Some places you may have met Bea include: Chilliwack Community Services Board of Directors, Chilliwack District Boy Scouts’ Council, as Treasurer for 18 years, Rotary Club, Hospital Auxiliaries, Chilliwack Soroptimists. She was often at her husband’s side as he conducted his many roles in Masonic Lodges in BC, Canada, the US and Great Britain. Her travels took her all over the world (Great Britain, Austria, the Mediterranean, Malaysia, across Canada and throughout the United States). “At home,” was a warm, welcoming place for family and friends, full of music and laughter and always a hot cup of tea. She enjoyed needlework and crafted countless pieces (both beautiful and functional) to gift or to donate to charity over the years. The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to Dr. Shane Barclay, the nurses, care aides, staff and auxiliary at Lady Minto Hospital and our extended Salt Spring family for your loving care. The family will have a private gathering as Bea wished. You are welcome to make a donation to the Lady Minto Hospital Foundation in Bea’s honor: http://ladymintofoundation.com/how-to-give/

Phone: 250-538-4824. Online condolences and memories of Bea may be made to: lkowbel@hotmail.com