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BETH MARY BLOCK (published on November 27, 2010)

BETH MARY BLOCK (nee FROESE) Born on March 21, 1931 in Hepburn, SK and passed away at the Weatherby Pavillion in White Rock, BC on November 16, 2010, five weeks after the death of her loving husband of 55 years, Henry. She is survived by sons Stephen (Brenda) and Glenn, daughter Joanne Schellenberg and three grandsons, Paul, Jonathan and Michael. Beth is also survived by her brother, John Froese, and extended family from her mother's second marriage. She was predeceased by two siblings, Elizabeth and Henry, both of whom died in childhood. Growing up during the Depression the youngest child of immigrant parents, Beth learned early the value of hard work. Her father instilled in her an enduring commitment to excellence and her mother a lifelong love of reading and gardening. Beth studied violin and piano and was an accomplished musician; her enjoyment of good music continued throughout her life. She graduated from the Grace Hospital School of Nursing in 1955 and the following year, married Henry Block. She worked as an RN while raising her children, to whom she was completely devoted. She was an unwavering supporter of their music and sports involvements. She was also her grandsons #1 fan, spending countless hours at hockey rinks and baseball diamonds around the lower mainland, in spite of her declining health. Beth loved to garden and looked forward to each spring. She read widely and enjoyed current affairs; her sharp mind and keen wit were appreciated by those who knew her. Mum was a compassionate person who lived her faith in practical deeds. She was also a woman of strength and her courage in battling Parkinson's continues to inspire her family. Psalm 90.14-16 was the hope and prayer of her life. Family and friends said farewell to Mum at a Memorial Service held on November 22, 2010 at Victory Memorial Park Funeral Centre. Pastor Bill Hogg officiated the service and the songs, Through It All and In the Rifted Rock , reflected not only her journey but her final rest. The family would like to extend its heartfelt thanks to the staff at Weatherby Pavillion Second Floor for the compassionate care provided to Beth and to our family. If so desired, remembrances to The Parkinson Society of British Columbia would be appreciated. Condolences may be offered at Condolences may be offered at Victory Memorial Park Funeral Centre 604-536-6522

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