Beatrice Agnes Kenny, nee Yerxa, passed away peacefully Sunday, Feb. 14, 1999 with her family at her side at the Brandon Regional Health Centre in Brandon, Man.
Beatrice was born and raised in Fort Frances, Ont. Since the passing of her husband, Richard, she has been devoted to sharing her time between Fort Frances and Brandon.
Spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren was a gift they will always treasure and cherish.
Beatrice’s interests included her sewing, needlework, baking, traditional wild rice harvesting, babysitting, pow-wow dancing, travelling, reading, shopping, playing Bingo, and especially sharing time with friends.
She will be lovingly remembered by her daughter, Janice (Brian) Cullen of Brandon, Man.; son, Greg Bird of Couchiching, Ont.; five grandchildren, Terry Lynn (Curt) Ross, Randy (Cathie) Cullen, and Trish Cullen, all of Brandon, Man., Jessica Bird of Fort Frances, Ont.; and Richard Bird of Seine River, Ont.
She also is lovingly remaining in the memory of 11 great-grandchildren, Matthew, Marc, Hillary, and Mitchell Ross, Jacob and Emily Cullen, Noah Zinn, Gabrial, Tehya, and Keira Handorgan, and Marcus Bird.
Also surviving are seven brothers and sisters, William (Florence) Yerxa, Florence (Aldin) Foy, Wayne Yerxa, and Marilyn Perreault, all of Couchiching, Ont., Joyce Cantin of Wabigoon, Ont., Dorothy Kelly of Onigaming, Ont., and Leo Yerxa of Ottawa, Ont.
She also will be missed by many nieces and nephews as well as many great nieces and nephews.
Beatrice was predeceased by her parents, Bert and Frances Yerxa; husband, Richard Kenny; brother, Bobby Yerxa; and brothers-in-law, Edward Kelly, Vernon Perreault, and Birdie Cantin.
Beatrice arrived Wednesday, Feb. 17, 1999 at 3 p.m. at the Couchiching Bingo Palace on Couchiching First Nation. Prayer services will start tonight at 8 p.m., with Deacon Elmer Mainville officiating.
A celebration of Beatrice’s life will take place on Thursday, Feb. 18, 1999 at 10 a.m. at the Couchiching Bingo Palace. Graveside prayers for Beatrice will take place at 11 a.m. in Our Lady Of Lourdes Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Brian Yerxa, William Foy, Allan Yerxa, Charles Perreault, Bert Cantin, and Richard J. Bird.
Honourary pallbearers will be Shirley Fleury, Janet Bruyere, Florence Yerxa, Rose Bird, Mary Bombay, Maggie Bruyere, Betty Johnson, Martha Lyons, and all of her nieces and nephews.
A luncheon will follow at Our Lady Of Lourdes Church basement.
“What cancer cannot do!”
Cancer is so limited;
It cannot cripple love;
It cannot shatter hope;
It cannot erode faith;
It cannot destroy peace;
It cannot kill friendship;
It cannot surprise memories;
It cannot silence courage;
It cannot invade the soul;
It cannot steal eternal life;
It cannot conquer the spirit
Always Loved!
Flowers are greatly declined. In memoriam donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, P.O. Box 444, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3M8 in memory of our dear friend.