Beatrice Hemmens, 94, of Rainycrest Home for the Aged, 550 Osborne St., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away at her residence Monday, Oct. 25, 1999.
She was born Jan. 22, 1905 in La Vallee, Ont. to the late George and Florabelle McTavish.
Beatrice was raised and attended school in the La Vallee Township area. During World War II, she joined the Canadian Armed Forces and served her country as a nurse overseas in England. During the services, she returned to Canada and worked in the Veterans Hospital in Winnipeg, Man. until her discharge.
From there, Beatrice moved to Fort Frances, and on Dec. 27, 1947 was united in marriage to Frank Hemmens.
She was the past Matron of the Eastern Star, supporter of the Bible Society, member of the Knox United Church, life member of the U.C.W., and president of the Presbyterial in the transition from Women’s Association Mission Society and Ladies Evening Club to the United Church Women.
She and Rev. Sanders, with a member from each church of the Presbytery of Rainy River-Kenora, travelled many miles to accomplish their mission in 1962.
For enjoyment, Beatrice loved playing bridge, attending to her flowers and garden, and reading and dancing.
She was predeceased by her husband, Frank Hemmens, on March 21, 1989; one sister, Flora Evans; and four brothers, Stewart, Hugh, Jack, and George McTavish.
Beatrice is survived by four sisters, Eileen Sykes of Winnipeg, Man., Kathleen Whalen of Fort Frances, Ont., Jeanette and husband, Tony O’Neil, of Fort Frances, Ont., and Bell and husband, Ed Lotgreen of Penticton, B.C.; one brother-in-law, Harry Evans and one sister-in-law, Jessie McTavish, both of Mission, B.C.; very special friends, Ed Dalton and wife, Betty, and family of Thunder Bay, Ont.; and by numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Friday, Oct. 29, 1999 at 2 p.m. at the Knox United Church in Fort Frances. Rev. Patrick Playfair will officiate, with interment in Riverview Cemetery in Fort Frances.
The Royal Canadian Legion Br. 29 Colour Party will provide the military service tribute following the service.
Visitation will be held Thursday evening from 7 until 9 p.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances. The Order of the Eastern Star memorial service will be held at 7:30 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Don McTavish, Ken McTavish, Allan McTavish, Ron McTavish, Bob McTavish, and Doug McTavish.
In memoriam donations may be made to the Knox United Church, 340 Church St., Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 1E1.