Berenice Soper (Batters)
April 21, 1920 – September 23, 2017
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Berenice Alma Soper (Batters) peacefully in her sleep on September 23, 2017 at The Gardens in Qualicum Beach.
Berenice was born in Windthorst, Saskatchewan on April 21, 1920 to Mary & James Batters.
She was the eldest of nine children, growing up on the family farm in Windthorst and after graduation and teachers college, taught school in the Windthorst area for 3 years.
In 1944 she married Walter George Soper and together they ran the General Store & Pool Hall in Windthorst before moving to Port Alice on Vancouver Island in 1952. In 1953 they re-located to Victoria where Berenice continued her teaching career at Cloverdale Elementary and George had a distinguished career with General Paint.
Berenice taught for 30 years at Cloverdale retiring in 1983. Berenice and George were avid supporters of Victoria sports teams – Cougars, Salsa, & Shamrocks being season ticket holders for over thirty years.
Berenice was actively involved in curling and served as a coordinator for the BC Winter Games Curling event for many years.
After George’s passing in 2007, Berenice moved to Qualicum to be closer to Judy & Dave.
Berenice is predeceased by four brothers and three sisters and is survived by her brother Del (Tere) Batters, Victoria, her daughter Judy (Dave) Wallace, Parksville, grandson Chis (Kirstie) Wallace, Qualicum Beach, granddaughter Kim (Shawn) Fiddick, Parksville and the joy of her life great-grandson Riley.
She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews throughout BC and Saskatchewan.
The family would like to thank the staff at The Gardens in Qualicum Beach for their care and devotion to Berenice the past 7 years.
There will be no service. If you desire, a donation may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society of BC www.alzheimer.ca/en/bc in Berenice’s name.