Beverly Purdy Steward
Beverly passed away suddenly at The Vernon Jubilee Hospital (VJH) at noon on Sunday, August 11, 2013 after a prolonged battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was born November 7, 1934 in Winnipeg, to John & Wilhemina Patterson, was a little sister to Gloria, spent her early years in the city and her teen years on a farm near Gunton, Man. Following teacher training at the Manitoba Normal School, Beverly started teaching elementary school in St.Vital, Man. in September 1952. In October, at a Halloween dance at RCAF Gimli, Man. she met a young flight cadet, Dale Steward. Following a whirlwind courtship they were married January 30, 1953. They celebrated their sixtieth anniversary this year.
Beverly was predeceased by her parents, her sister, Gloria (January 2013), her son, Darrell (March 2013) and her granddaughter, Colleen (1994). She is survived by her husband, Dale, her children Dale Jr., Rick (Sherry), (Judy), Randy (Susan), Dawn Rutledge (Kirk) and Robin (Terri-Lynn); her grandchildren, Jay, Cody, Mike, Kristal, Joel, Riki-Lynn, Deklan, Sarah, Andrew, Kelly, Greg, James, Hunter, Carling and Forrest and her great-grandchildren, LJ and Mateo. Others deserving mention as ‘almost’ family – Chris & Louise Gibson, Valerie Dakin, her beloved Miniature Schnauzers-Heidi & Lucy, her Siamese-Thai and above all her caregiver, Stephanie Fox.
Being an air force wife, Beverly lived from coast to coast. While most of her time was spent raising her family, she did find time to do some beautiful ceramic work, to knit, to sew, to become fluently bilingual and to teach part-time. Without a doubt, her life was centered on her family but after retirement, with the family gone, she turned her attention to local affairs and became involved in politics for several years. Beverly was also a member of the RCAF Association 899 Wing for many years.
The family would like to express their appreciation for the wonderful care given by Dr. Schuch and the staff of 3North at VJH. No flowers please. Donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society or the VJH Foundation.
A memorial service will be held at the Pleasant Valley Funeral Home, 4303 Pleasant Valley Road, Saturday, August 31, 2013 at 2:00 pm.
Arrangements are in the care of Vernon Funeral Home 250-542-0155.