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.”
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.
Serenity Funeral Service – South
780 450 0101