Four Generations of Devoted Service
In the Selkirk area and Interlake Since 1935
Beverley Ann Brears (nee Barr)
September 18, 1936 – March 8, 2018
Beverley passed away peacefully, after a short illness, with her family by her side. Thanks go out to the Grace Hospital staff who provided such good care these last few days.
Bev, as she was known, was born in Perth, Ontario. survived by her husband, Dave and three sons Garry, Dennis (Janice) and their children Teighan and Tori, Garth (Christine) and their children Tim, Sarah, Steve and Debs. She is also survived by her brother Ken (Jean) Barr, sisters Sandra (Reg) Malachowski and Joy Lumsden. She was predeceased by her parents William James and Elizabeth “Betty” Barr; her daughter-in-law Kim and brother-in-law Don Lumsden.
Bev earned a Bachelor of Nursing Degree from Toronto General Hospital in 1958. In her early years she moved up north and worked in the nursing stations, which is where she met Dave, the love of her life. It was love at first sight and they were married within a month. The sons came soon after - three in three years. Yes, the north was cold! Bev gave up on having a girl, but was an immediate Mom to Kim, Janice and Chris as they joined the family.
Bev and Dave moved and settled in Winnipeg in 1969, where Bev raised the family and, over the years, perfected her sewing and other crafts. Later she developed a love of golf and gardening. She enjoyed five decades of golf at Breezy Bend Country Club, forming many fast and lasting friendships. Bev’s passion progressed to painting in her retirement, when they moved to the country. Many hours were spent gazing out the window watching the Assiniboine River flow past; the bird feeders attracted a never-ending show of decorative birds each summer, while in the winter dozens of deer and squirrels would drop by.
Bev was a great lover of all animals, with many thinking they ate better than the humans in the house. She will be remembered for her laughter, smiles and hugs.
Granddaughters Teighan and Tori of Winnipeg were her pride and joy as she got to see them blossom into such fine young ladies. Grandma will be missed, but her strong principals will continue to guide us through our lives until we meet again.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Bev’s name to the Kim Brears Foundation (metastatic breast cancer) care of Lawton Partners Charitable Giving Foundation, 10th Floor, 305 Broadway Winnipeg R3C 3J7 or Darcy's Arc (Pet Rescue) 730 Century St Winnipeg R3H 0M1
A celebration of Bev's life is planned for later this Spring at the Breezy Bend Golf and Country Club.