1916 – 2015
Ann Beetstra passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 4, 2015 in Columbia House Care Facility in Invermere, BC at 98 years of age.
Ann was born in Limavady, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland on October 17, 1916 to John and Lavinia Wilson (nee Ferguson). She is predeceased by her parents, husband Bill, brothers Joe and John and her sister Mary exactly one month earlier. Ann is survived by her son William, daughter Alana (Robin), two grandchildren, four great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Ann enjoyed many happy days in Northern Ireland and had many friends and relatives. However, in 1937, Ann and her mother and family journeyed to Canada to join her father who had come several years earlier to work at CM&S in Trail, BC. Ann worked in the old Trail Hospital and in 1940 and she married Bill Beetstra. They owned and operated East Trail Dairy (now Miral Heights) for a good many years before retiring to Waneta Junction. During their retirement, they enjoyed much traveling and visiting with friends and family and many excursions in the great outdoors. Ann also travelled back to Northern Ireland several times to visit with a large extended family and friends.
Ann was a long-time member of the Presbyterian Church. In 1997, after the passing of her beloved husband Bill, she moved to Jubilee Apartments. Much later she moved to Columbia View Lodge, then to Rosewood Village and then over three years ago relocated to Columbia House to be closer to family.
Ann will be lovingly missed by family and many people.
Cremation has taken place. There is no service by request. Ann will be interred in Mountain View Cemetery in Trail, BC.
A big thank you to Dr. Dibb, all the staff that took such excellent care of Ann over the years and to the Hospice Society.
Arrangements entrusted to McPherson Funeral Service.
Condolences for the family can be offered at:www.mcphersonfh.com