Beverly Joyce Einarson -Bev, Mom, Grandma, Granny (great-grandmother) passed away at Royal University Hospital on Mar.28/23.
Beverly was born in North Battleford & grew up on the family farm near Paynton,Sask with her older brother Ken. Life there was interrupted by WW2 when Mom & her family had the unique experience of living on the RCAF air base at Dafoe, Sk for 4 years where her father served in RCAF as a military police officer. Bev was a keen horse woman and rode her special horse Fly to help with the cattle assisted by her beloved border collie Skippy.
She studied piano as she grew up, learning the skill that featured large throughout her entire life.
Bev finished high school 2 years ahead of usual, having skipped 2 grades. With her keen intellect she was a lifetime learner, from studying European history as a U of S Distance student to learning Spanish & becoming proficient in speaking it, with many varied interests in between. She was a self-taught guitar player. She studied nursing at University of Saskatchewan where she met her love Donovan Einarson. It was a loving and faithful marriage until Don’s passing in 2019, with Beverly nursing Don at home to fulfill his wish to die there.
Their daughter Brenda was born while living in Melfort. In 1961 they moved to Luseland for a business opportunity. Sons Eric & Jon were born 3&4 years later. Their family explored western Canada with annual camping trips until settling in a summer getaway cottage at Turtle Lake.
Beverly’s heart grew with love with the birth of each new family member. 6 granddaughters- Katherine Starling (Kelsey), Michelle Kuntz (Philip), Dalynn McKay, Alexandra Paul (Cody), Danae McKay, Virginia Brice (Steven Meissner).
5 great-grandchildren to whom Beverly delighted in being Granny- Theo Kuntz, Stella Starling, Kit Starling, Isla Kuntz, and Parker Paul.
Beverly lived a life of service- to her family, always being supportive of developing her children’s various interests & abilities. She supported her ageing parents and in-laws for 20 years as they dealt with health issues. Her choice of nursing career was one of service. She shared many stories of her early nursing career such as working in the TB sanatorium in PA.
In 1974 Beverly became the first woman elected to Luseland town council, serving until 1982. A major achievement of that time was Bev’s creation & organization of the Luseland Police Service.
Beverly served her community in many ways with her ability as a pianist. She accompanied the community choir for many years, played for church choirs & services, many weddings and funerals, taught piano lessons, accompanied band students for their music festival solos.
Other contributions include as a Girl Guide leader, Kinette member, on Food Bank Committee, Church worship committee member, Music Festival Committee.
One of her favourite places to be was outdoors doing what she loved-gardening, bird watching, camping, or just being with family & friends.
In 1998, Beverly and her dear friend Joan Kloster established a new business in Luseland- Luseland Family Fashions which they operated until 1990. After it was sold Beverly worked in the pharmacy with Donovan until their retirement in 2001. They spent those years with family, at the cabin, & enjoying a lot of travels together.
Beverly was a multi-faceted woman of many talents- scholar, musician, writer, seamstress, gardener, et al who left her mark on her community.
Heartfelt thanks go out to the extended health care teams who cared for Beverly with such skill & kindness- friend Dr.Johann Wentzel, Kerrobert Healthcare team, & Dr.S.Kodad in Saskatoon. The family also acknowledges the nurses on GPod & the oncology ward at RUH who cared for Beverly with such gentle care and kindness in her final hours.
Beverly lived a rich and productive life, & along with her beloved Donovan has left a legacy of a large and loving, close family who will continue to live in that heritage .
She will be forever in our hearts , forever missed.
There will be a Private Family Memorial Service held for Beverly at a later date.
Memorial donations in Beverly's name may be made to the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra, with details on where to donate below.