The family of Bea Dezell sadly announce her passing Thursday March 6 at The Hospice House after a decline in health over the past month. Bea was born July 7, 1908 in North Vancouver, the second of three children to Robert and Mabel Hendrie. Predeceased in 1972 by her husband Garvin who owed much of his business and political success to her support and intelligence.
She lived her life helping others and was a great role model for her all her extended family. Her ability to overcome adversity and her constant optimistic outlook gave us all something to strive for.
She was an active member of this community as a Girl Guide leader, a member of the Royal Purple and, in her later years, a strong supporter of the White Cane Club and the Canadian National Institute of the Blind. Her positive attitude and use of technology even after the age of 80 allowed her to read and communicate in spite of her visual impairment. She was a great help to others who were struggling to cope with visual and hearing difficulties. She always enjoyed her membership of and friends in the Good Cheer Club. Her ability to make friends of all ages was phenomenal. One of her favorite sayings was “A party is as good as a tonic”. Her response to any question from the family in her last years was “just Google it”!
She is survived by her two children Clifford Dezell (Sharron) Noreen Rustad (Jim ) Grandchildren: Tami and Fernando dos Santos, Mike and Jennifer Dezell, Ross and Shauna Rustad, Kathleen and Bruce Hiscock, and Vicki and Myron Roth and great grandchildren – Cristina, Sara, Sophie, Sam, John, and Nicole.
There are too many people who cared for and supported Mom for us to list them all here but we greatly appreciate all the exemplary care and attention provided to her by Dr. Murray, Dr Nowlan and Dr. Chang whenever she needed it and for their help and advice to us. The personal care Aides from We Care became part of Mom’s extended family and she was very fond of them. In particular we must also mention Vicky Watt; she became part of our family as she faithfully and cheerfully cared for and loved Mom for the past several years and enabled her to live in her own home until the end. We could not have done it without her.
Service to be held in Knox United Church on Saturday, March 15 beginning at 1pm followed by a reception in the Coast Inn of the North in the Nechako-Tabor Room.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Prince George Community Foundation, Dezell Endowment. c/o Coast Inn of the North, 770 Brunswick St V2L 2C2
Assman’s Funeral Chapel in Care of Arrangements