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UPDATED – OBST, Beverley

December 6, 1933 — August 10, 2021

Beverley Obst went to be with her Lord and Saviour on Tuesday, August 10, 2021, at the age of 87 years.

She was born in Bassano, Alberta on December 6, 1933. She was the first of six children. In 1951, she met the love of her life, Ernie Obst, a university engineering student who was working for highways in Bassano. In the fall, Ernie returned to Edmonton for his 2nd year at the University of Alberta.

Bev and Ernie continued to correspond for the next 3 years. In the summer of 1952 Beverley accepted a teaching position at Stony Point, Manitoba. She taught in a one room school grades 1-3 and 7-8.  She loved teaching and working with kids. Ernie said, “she was very good at working with all her students”. He would have seen her in action as he missed Bev so much, he drove out to see her. Although Bev loved teaching, she loved Ernie more, and she left her teaching position to get married on April 24, 1954.  Ernie and Bev were married in Calgary, AB and spent the next sixty-seven years together having many adventures in many communities in Alberta, BC and NWT.  In Dawson Creek, she would hang blankets around the room to protect baby Lynn from the cold. Lynn was born in July 1955. In 1956, they moved to Ocean Falls, BC, where their first son Les was born in February 1957 followed by a second son, Lee in July 1958. In 1960 with 3 little children, Bev and Ernie moved to Inuvik NWT where they lived for 3 years until 1963. In August 1962 Beverley flew to Edmonton where Larry the youngest child was born. Imagine the impact on Bev and her young family moving from a small northern winter community to Vancouver, BC!  Eventually Bev and Ernie made their home in Prince George for 30 years.  Bev’s dream was to retire somewhere warm with mild winters. She chose Kelowna, BC, where Bev and Ernie have lived for the last 25 years.

Throughout her life, Bev encouraged and supported Ernie in his career. In every community she lived in, Bev shared her love of music, good food, gardening, and teaching.  She taught Sunday School for many years, had a large garden with many flower beds and was an excellent cook.

Beverley loved to entertain and prepare delicious meals and snacks to share with friends and family. Bev was always there for her family and ready to come to visit, renovate, look after children and grandchildren, and celebrate their successes. She loved, encouraged, and was proud of all four of her children and their achievements.  She was always there to encourage them to pursue their life’s dreams.

Thank you mum for your love and support.  We love you and will miss you.

In lieu of flowers, please consider contributing to a memorial bench for Beverley that will be placed in Fairmont, BC. Funds may be sent to lynn.lhetherington@gmail.com

A Funeral Service will be held to honour Beverley, however due to the current pandemic restrictions it will be by invitation only. The family would like to invite all who want to pay their respects to join by Livestream on WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 18, 2021 AT 10:00 PDT (see below). A recording will be made available to view shortly thereafter.

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