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KLASSEN, Beatrice Mavis

June 26, 1937 — April 8, 2022

Mavis passed away peacefully, entering her eternal reward, on April 8, 2022, at the age of 84 years.

Mavis was born in Carmen, Manitoba to Jake and Tina Toews. After a childhood that was spent on small farms, as a young adult she moved to Winnipeg, MB to work. Mavis came to faith as a child and followed Jesus her whole life. While attending the Alliance Church in Winnipeg, she felt a call to missions. She met her future husband Jacob “Jake” Klassen and they both attended Canadian Bible College. After college, Mavis and her husband served the Alliance church in Fort Qu’Appelle SK. While there they had their first son, Bruce. To begin their missionary career in the study of Spanish they moved to San Jose, Costa Rica. After one year, they moved to the country of Ecuador, where they were blessed with two more sons, Kevin and Scott. After their mission career, Mavis served as a church administrator and counsellor. She also served full-time with Freedom in Christ Ministries Canada for 18 years.

Mavis was known as an encourager, and by God’s grace she was able to touch and encourage many lives throughout her life. Her life goal was to be used by God to touch lives for Jesus. Although she will be missed by her family and many friends, we live in anticipation and hope that we will be reunited with her in heaven.

Mavis is survived by her husband of 63 years, Jake Klassen; son and daughter-in-law Bruce and Kathy Klassen; son and grandson Kevin and Jonathan Klassen; daughter-in-law Wendi Wright and grandson and granddaughter Diego and Dia Klassen. She also has two remaining siblings: sister, Olga Bergen, and brother and sister-in-law, Ray and Christine Toews; as well as an extensive extended family. She was preceded in death by her parents Jake and Tina Toews; brother Roy Toews; sister Edna Boss; nephew Floyd Boss; son Scott Klassen; and daughter-in-law Wendy Klassen.

In honour of Mavis, memorial donations may be made to Freedom in Christ Ministries Canada.

There will be a Memorial Service on THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 2022, at 1:00 PM (PDT), at SPRINGFIELD FUNERAL HOME, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC, officiated by Reverend Kevin Klassen. If you are unable to attend in person, please join the family online by Livestream at the time of the service (see below), a recording will be made available to view shortly thereafter.

The Memorial will be followed by a Graveside Service on TUESDAY, APRIL 19, 2022, at 11:30 AM, at KELOWNA MEMORIAL PARK CEMETERY, 1991 Bernard Ave, Kelowna, BC.

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THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 2022, at 1:00 PM (PDT)

Springfield Funeral Home

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The service for KLASSEN, Beatrice Mavis is scheduled for THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 2022, at 1:00 PM (PDT). Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Springfield Funeral Home

2020 Springfield Road Kelowna, BC


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  • Carol Snell says:

    So sorry for your loss. Such fond memories of time shared in Ecuador! Praying God’s comfort for you all.

  • Laverne O'Connor says:

    Prayers and thoughts are with you all during this time. May you feel the comfort of God’s arms around you. My aunt was an encouager. I will miss our phone calls and how we would pray for each other at the end. Miss you Auntie Mavis. Love Laverne

  • Jeffrey Smith says:

    Kevin and family: my deepest sympathy, but also sharing the joy of Hope we have in our great Savior.

  • Ed and Linda Smith says:

    Dear Jake, we grieve with you in your loss of our dear Mavis. We loved her and we miss her. We have fond memories of our prayer times together as we wept before our Heavenly Father in intercession for His people and His church. And now Mavis is dancing in Heaven having completed her life’s work here. Her praying days are over and her joy is full.
    May God hold you close, comfort and sustain you as you wait to join her with Jesus. We love you and we are praying for you and the family.. From Ed and Linda Smith, Regina, SK

  • Rick & Becky Landrum says:

    Although we never knew Mavis, we know Kevin and rely on him in so many ways. We feel like we are family with Kevin so we grieve with you all for your loss, but celebrate the great victory she has won through Jesus!

  • Gwen Edey says:

    Dear Jake, Kevin, Bruce. My deepest sympathies to all of you. Mavis was like no other. It was always clear that her heart was given to the Lord and his service. There was always her wonderful spirit and sense of humour. My prayers are with you as you celebrate her faith and entrance into heaven and mourn her loss. Gwen Edey, Regina

  • Tracy & John Schostek says:

    Kevin, Jonathan and family,
    So sorry for your loss. Sending love and prayers your way.
    Love, The Schostek Family

  • Karena Mercer says:

    Kevin, Jonathan and family,
    The Mercer family is sorry for your loss. You both mean the world to us. Love and prayers, Mercer family

  • Cal and Bev Ross says:

    Mavis was a wonderful encourager to us when we returned from working in Ecuador. Her warm, friendly smile blessed all of us who knew her.

  • Judi Lebsack says:

    I will never forget the love and kindness Mavis readily shared through everything. Jake, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  • Heidi Maskell says:

    Our heartfelt condolensces, Jake and family. Mavis was a special lady who always loved to have a deeper conversation and share her faith stories. It was a privilege to work on staff at VAC together and be able to see her heart for serving and supporting others. May God’s peace and comfort carry you in the coming days as you grieve her loss. Much love, Steve and Heidi Maskell

  • Roger and Gail Helland says:

    Dear, Jake and family,
    We are with you in prayer and in our hearts, as we mourn the loss of such a fine woman, who displayed joyful faithfulness and perserved with patience right till the end. We will miss her and pray for God’s comfort and sustaining grace for you as you face the days and weeks ahead without her. She finished well and left a marvelous legacy. Roger and Gail Helland

  • Wesley and Lois Erickson says:

    Our condolences to you Jake and your family. A lovely service for a great friend.

  • Tuck and Leslie Warner says:

    Dear Jake, our prayers are with you and your family as you mourn the loss of Mavis and we remember a wonderful lady fully committed to serving our Lord. We appreciate the part she played in our daughter Jessica’s life when she was struggling, and the encouragement she gave us through that time. We will miss her as will the world and pray blessings to you and your family.

  • Ed and Edna Klassen says:

    Just finished watching the memorial service, loved the songs Mavis picked. What a great farewell , to a glorious homecoming.

  • Kirby Boss says:

    Uncle Jake and family, my heart breaks for you guys.
    Auntie Mavis was such a beautiful, kind and spunky women. Always had a fun time with her and many laughs. Missing the big dinners at grandmas house when we would all see you. Her and grandma (sister edna) are taking care of each other now.
    Kirby Boss & Mike Hague

  • James & Renee Klassen & Family says:

    Mavis blessed so many people with her faith and kindness. Praying that you’ll find comfort in your memories of her and in the knowledge that others are missing her, too.

  • Pam Morse aka Kohn says:

    I met Mavis back in 1974 at the Christian & Missionary Alliance Church in Glendale, Ca. Since then I have tried several times to find Mavis so I could thank her and let her know the impact she had to my eventual salvation. She had such an influence in my life when I was going through a very difficult divorce. Mavis has always held a special place in my heart and as I look back on my life, she was one of the women the Lord gave me to cherish. I wish I had been able to connect with her before her homegoing, but am so glad I found her service online. Mavis loved me and showered her care on me when I was so alone and hurting. To me, she was a wonderful, special lady!! My heart goes out to Jake and the rest of her family.

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