MOCKFORD, Beatrice Eva

Early in the morning of February 16, 2022, our “Bumble” Bea (nee Touchette) passed peacefully in her sleep. For all who loved her and her indomitable spirit and her crooked smile, there are sad days ahead.

Bea is survived by her sons and their wives, Greg and Marie, Glen and Margaret, Larry and Joan, Dennis and Edie, Herb’s wife Wilma, and Rob and Calma. She is also survived by her daughter, Barbara and Rikk, her youngest sister, Therese, by her grandchildren David, Angela, Carol, Kirk, Trevor, Theresa, Wayne, Heather, Don, Kevin, Michelle, Graham, Christy, Meaghan, Tammara, Trevor, Peggy, Ashley, their spouses, and many, many great grandchildren. Along with her numerous friends, she also has dozens of nephews, nieces, cousins and in-laws. She is predeceased by her beloved husband Fred, her dear son Herb, daughter-in-law Agatha, son-in-law John, and her precious grandsons Christopher and Kirk Skocylas; her parents Anatole and Anna Touchette and her brothers and sisters, Leonard, Gerard, Victor, Charlie, Bernard, Maurice, Jeanne and Bernadette.
Family was everything to Bea, also fondly known as Mom, Grandma and GG (Great Grandma). Especially in the last eight years of her life at Sherwood Care, visitors were the highlight of her day. And she had a great many. She also had numerous phone calls, with Barbara and her friend Laurene of Wisconsin calling everyday to check on her. Of course, many people called often, especially her “boys” and she kept us all up to date with everyone’s lives. The staff, of course, were in and out and often sat for a few minutes to chat and give her a hug. We take this time to thank deeply, the caring staff of Sherwood Care.

We all have very fond memories of our mother, our friend, our “Auntie Bea”. She was always a very busy person, working hard at all of her homemaker tasks, and during her later years she was comforted by her constant prayer life. Mom also loved the garden and spent many hours there amongst the flowers that she could smell but barely see.

During the years Mom and Dad spent at Clear Lake she never stopped gardening, painting, clearing brush, until of course, some friends or family would come to visit. That is when she relaxed, but not before serving up coffee and baked goods or a tasty meal. That was a special time of her life for all of us, memories of Mom at Clear Lake. A special one of mine was the time she made a reed bassinette for the coming of my first child. The reeds had to be kept wet at all times so that they wouldn’t break when being woven. To accomplish this she sat in the shallows of the lake weaving the reeds with the bassinette between her knees! I’m sure that there are a lot of memories to be passed around in the days to come, for we shall never forget Mom’s untiring industry and caring. As an example of her strength of will, she was determined to learn to drive and be independent. At age 67 she received her license!
At home, I think we all recall the family dinners with nine of us around the table, Mom at one end, Dad at the other, all the better to keep an eye on our manners! After an afternoon of cooking, particularly that of peeling a big pot of potatoes every night for her seven hungry men, Mom hardly had a chance to actually sit down to eat. And who would do the dishes? Not her six excuse-driven teenaged boys! Oh no, Mom did it by herself until I was old enough to help. But how she loved those rascals …

So Mom, none of us will ever forget that you made a home for us, that you loved us and for that, you will always be within our hearts, just as you have kept us all safe within yours.

“I am at peace, my soul at rest,
There is no need for tears,
For with your love I was so blessed
For all those many years.”
Bea Mockford
March 31, 1916 – February 16, 2022

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday February 23, 2022, at 2PM at Serenity North Chapel, 10129 Princess Elizabeth Avenue, Edmonton. The service will be live-streamed for those who cannot attend, you may join using the link below at the time of the service.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Edmonton.

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Réal Touchette

Toutes nos sympathies à la famille. Nous n’avons que de bons souvenirs de Tante Bea. Les personnes que nous aimons demeurent toujours vivantes dans notre coeur. Bon courage à tous. Louise et Réal de l’Est.

Maxine Short

The beauty of a life well-lived never dies
it will continue to embrace and inspire us.

Take comfort in your memories.
Many will make us smile.

Mrs “B” will live in our hearts and minds forever.
My thoughts and prayers to all.

Theresa Charron

My Mother, Lenora Pinkoski and Aunt Sr Anne Rajotte used to delight in visits with your Mom. My Mom used to come home just happy with the wonderful times they shared. I never met Mrs Mockford but I can attest to the fact that she brought joy to many people.

Anne Rajotte

It was a joy to meet Bea again when I started working at Assumption parish. I felt we had a special connection because of our Wainwright roots. I felt she treated me like family when I would meet her at the parish or later when she was in the Senior’s residence.
I remembered her at mass tonight and will again in the morning. I believe that the angels have already escorted her to the loving arms of the God she served so well.

Karen Seutter

My deepest condolences to all of Bea’s family. She spoke proudly and often of you and her face always would light up with love. We were privileged to meet Bea at the Care Center where she had meals together at the same table with my Mom. She would joke that the Lord must have lost her address, and she had a great sense of humour and an amazing memory, (not to mention beautiful hair). I’ll think of her every time I have chicken noodle soup (which she loved) as well as roast turkey dinner (which she didn’t). Heaven’s gain is our loss, but we were so blessed to have gotten to know her. May God’s comfort be yours as you mourn a great lady.

Francine Touchette

Dear cousins,

My thoughts are with you and Aunt Bea who will care for us
in Heaven.

Francine Touchette
( Léonard’s daughter )

Noma Morrissey

My mother Isobel Sutherland Mansfield knew Bea all her life. Bea was a true pioneer with such a great spirit and a very generous personality. Mockfords were family friends in my earliest memories as were the Touchettes.
I, Noma Mansfield Morrissey, was lucky to visit Bea in the nursing home and learn from her wonderful attitude continuing on throughout her life. She was truly a special lady who inspired me! She will be missed

John and Liz van Es

Our heartfelt condolences to the whole Mockford family with the loss of Bea Mockford, she will be missed and fondly remembered by all who knew her

Shirley Willuams

Dear Dennis Edie and families
Please except my sincere condolences this very difficult time. You have such great memories of your mom, she will forever bebin your hearts
Sicerely with prayers and hugs

Barry & Starla Costello

We are so deeply saddened to hear of Mrs.Mockford’s passing .We had the pleasure of meeting her at wedding functions and in her placement in Edmonton.A very kind gentle woman who couldn’t wait to put the tea on so we could enjoy a cup with her and a sweet.RIP sweet lady fly high with all our other Angels.

André Touchette

My aunt Bea was the farthest from me , but she was the closer to me. She had a extraordinary memory asking news from all my family from the East.Take care of us. Always love you. Sincere condolences to the Mockford and Touchette family. Rest In Peace .

Rollie and Marilyn Touchette

My Dad and Bea were first cousins and I’ve known her all my life.
When we moved to Edmonton from Wainwright I was 10 years old and we lived just a few blocks apart. During visits with the boys, she always made me feel at home. Although she had seven children and a lot going on in her home life, she always seemed cool and relaxed.
At her 100th birthday we talked together about old times and I was astounded by her memory.
I have the fondest memories of Bea and know she will be dearly missed by many. Our deepest condolences to all the family.
Rollie and Marilyn (Puddy) Touchette

Helen Hanscom

My deepest sympathy and saddness go to the entire Mockford family , in the passing away of Bea !! I have known Bea for 70 years plus , and she was my best friend . Many great memories of Bea . She was a wonderful and dear friend who was loved by all !! God bless the Mockford family !!! Helen Hanscom

Cathy Stewart

My sincere condolences to the entire Mockford family! Grandma Bea was such a beautiful and elegant lady and I loved her dearly! She surely will be missed by all but when we look at the stars in the sky, she will be one of the brightest shining down to let us know that she is happy.

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