February 4, 1927 – January 22, 2021
On January 22, 2021, Beatrice Louise Young (Clarke) passed away peacefully at age 93. Bea was born on February 4, 1927 in Bells Corners to Archdeacon Harold and Lillian Clarke, and grew up with her three sisters (Marion, Winnifred, and Ruth) in Cornwall, Ontario.
As a young nurse at Montreal General Hospital, Bea attended to a McGill medical student who became the love of her life for 69 years. Bea and Dr. Archibald Young married in 1951 before settling in Chilliwack. Here, they raised four children: Doug (Leonie), Claire (Tom), Stuart (Cynthia), and Ross (Tannis), followed by seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Bea reflected beauty back at all who met her. She enjoyed nothing more than to host parties and family gatherings—there was always room for one more at her table. She had a wry sense of humour, and an unquenchable curiosity and appreciation for people, leading her to host local TV show “Talk of the Town” and to study graphoanalysis.
She was iconically stylish and appreciated fine things, but also delighted in exploring the outdoors, whether hiking in Cathedral Provincial Park or paddling a canoe on the Hope Slough. Bea was a life-long member of the Anglican church, including 60 years at St. Thomas Anglican Church in Chilliwack. She loved to dig in the garden, where a plaque with a Dorothy Frances Gurney poem hung nearby:
The kiss of the sun for pardon,
The song of the birds for mirth,
One is nearer God’s heart in a garden,
Than anywhere else on earth
Bea was simply adored by her family and friends, and most of all by her husband Archie, who was at her side until the very end. Her family thanks the staff at Heritage Village in Sardis for their excellent care in her final years. Bea lived a rich life with no regrets.
As she often remarked when saying farewell: “Don’t think it ain’t been grand!”