It is with sadness that the family of Beth Shannon have to announce her passing.
Born in Fruitvale in May of 1926, Beth was the youngest of May and Will Grieve’s gang of five children. Beth spent all of her early years in Fruitvale. She swam in Grieve’s hole, balanced on the railway tracks, chased the cows home and played among the lumber piles as a child and as a young woman she helped at home and cared for her family until the summer of 1944. That summer Beth was on her way to a wienie roast with a bunch of girlfriends when they spied a very handsome young man leaning up against the wall of the Fruitvale hotel. Beth’s friends dared her to invite the young fellow along and she took up the dare!
After the wienie roast that young man walked her home, got a little fresh, put his hand on her knee and was pushed in the creek for his efforts! His name was Johnny Shannon and they were married 4 months later and stayed that way for 59 years. Their love story began that summer day in 44 and it will endure in the hearts of our family forever.
Beth and Johnny stayed in Fruitvale and had all five of their children here. In 1967 Johnny decided that he had had enough of working for Cominco and struck out into the field of dam construction. From then on their lives were filled with moving, new friends and travel all over Canada. Beth made a wonderful home in each place they landed and was always the very soul of her family. In 1990 they gave up their lives of adventure to return home to Fruitvale.
Beth’s life was caring for Johnny and her children. She always said that she never held a job, which was the farthest thing from the truth. Raising her five kids and chasing about after Johnny from one end of the country to the other was a job and a half and she did it with style, laughter and a loving heart. Her naiveté (she never did figure out some of those sayings on t-shirts), her sense of humor and the warm gentle love she exuded will be treasured and missed by each of us all the days of our lives.
Beth is survived by her children, Ardie (Bill) Thomas, Howard (Val), Debbie (Dave) Leavitt, Wally (Dawn) and Stacy (David) Taylor, her 15 grandchildren, Heath, Aaron, Jarrod, Kirsty, Lance, Chad, Lisa, Rachel, Jeremy, Kristan, Josh, Derek, Danielle, Steven, Brittany and their families, including 16 and 1/4 great grandchildren.
She is also survived by her two brothers Fuzzy (Dorothy) and Cliff (Pearl) Grieve. Beth was predeceased by, her brother Elliot in 1960, her mother May in 1975, her son in law Rick in 1982, her sister Jean in 1985, her father Will in 1988 and her beloved Johnny in 2004.
A family memorial will be held at a later date.
Our family would like to thank Dr. Libby McCoid for her kindness and care. We can never express the depth of our gratitude enough. Also to the wonderful nursing staff on the third floor of the Trail hospital, thank you so very much for your care and concern for our Mom.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the charity of your choice.