June 25, 1929 – February 1, 2020
Mom passed away peacefully after a very short illness. She was playing crib and having wonderful visits right up to the day of her passing. She was surrounded by 11 family members in her last moments. The love was incredible.
Mom was the eldest daughter of Jack and Zelda McMurdo and was raised in New Westminster along with her sisters Norma, Peggy (deceased), and Mary. They were raised in an 800-square-foot home with only two bedrooms.
Mom worked in a drug store as a teen. Doug (who she described as “old”, but who was really only 5 years older) started hanging around, using the excuse he needed math tutoring. Their first date was on White Rock beach. Dad caught fresh crab and cooked them up for Mom. She was smitten! They enjoyed 64 years together before Dad passed four years ago. They lived their lives here in BC: New Westminster, Nanaimo, Abbotsford, and Parksville.
Once we were all in school, Mom worked as a medical office assistant for 22 years. Mom was kind, beautiful, thoughtful, generous, giving and fair. She was a golfer, a camper, a gardener, a knitter, a card player, and a great cook. A friend, a confidante, volunteer extraordinaire and the matriarch of the family, organizing numerous reunions over the years. Family connections and family history were extremely important to Mom.
Beryl is survived by her four children: Murray, Roy, Carol and Bev and their spouses Isy, Sharon, John, and Nick. She was very proud of her grandchildren: Cory, Robert, Shylah, Emily, Sydney, Samantha, Jack, and their spouses Kim, Dan, Sean, Luuk, and Kevin. She was predeceased by her grandson Bobby. Her great grandchildren Aiden, Bria, Max, Mason, Maci, and Landon filled her heart with love and laughter. It made Mom’s day to have a call or visit from these special people.
We are incredibly grateful for the care Mom received at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. A huge thank you to the doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, respiratory therapists and care aides. Your work ethic and compassion were incredible.
A Service of Celebration and Remembrance will be held on Saturday, March 14, at 1:30 pm at Trinity United Church, 6234 Spartan Road, Nanaimo
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