A resident of the Woodland Villa Nursing Home in Long Sault, for the past three years, Beatrice Becksted passed away there on Tuesday, December 17, 2013. She was 89.
Beatrice was born in Williamsburg Township, on October 18, 1924, to her parents Clifford and Mary Herriman (nee Merkley). She attended school at Boucks Hill, and after completing a secretarial course in Cornwall, she was hired at Ogilvy’s in Ottawa, where she spent five years.
Beatrice then returned home when family sickness forced her to help with the family farm. Back in the Boucks Hill area, she met her life long mate William Becksted, and they were married in October 1951. Together Beatrice and William started their farming operation with the addition of two sons.
William took full time work at St. Lawrence Parks in the late 1950’s, and Beatrice tended to the farm work. She enjoyed all her animals, and loved to watch them. She interacted with them by petting and talking, and it seemed they responded by acknowledging her when she stepped into the barn. She always enjoyed her pig calendars and farm magazines.
As the farming industry progressed, Beatrice and William decided it was time for them to move on, and so in the earlier 70’s they moved to Riverside Heights.
William carried on with his full time work, and Beatrice spent her time with flowers and gardening that she loved so well.
When their health started to affect their mobility another painful decision was made to move to a local retirement home. There they could enjoy people taking care of their everyday needs along with the social aspect.
With the passing of time, health issues again plagued them and another decision was made to move to a nursing home facility. Here, more of their everyday needs and health issues were addressed with the compassionate and professional staff at Woodland Villa.
Beatrice is survived by her husband of 62 years, Bill, her sons Brian of R.R.# 1 Morrisburg and Glenn (Pat) of R.R.# 1 Morrisburg and her sisters June Elliott of Ottawa and Iris Anderson of Florida.
Beatrice will be fondly remembered by her granddaughter Carrie (Trinity) Larocque and by her great-grandchildren Logan and Peyton and step-grandchildren Kim and Paige Kirkwood. She was the sister-in-law of Janet Herriman of Williamsburg. She is also survived by nieces and nephews.
Beatrice was predeceased by her sisters Thelma Chuter and Jean Jones and her brother Hubert “Goldie” Herriman.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Williamsburg, on Friday, December 20th from 11 a.m. until the 1 p.m. funeral service conducted by Rev. Janet Evans. Cremation followed.
Spring interment of cremated remains will be at Maple Ridge Cemetery, Chesterville.
Donations to Dundas County Hospice would be gratefully acknowledged by the family. Online condolences may be made at marsdenmclaughlin.com.