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BERYL ANN HARDING (published on September 10, 2011)



BERYL ANN HARDING (nee WATKINS) It is with great sadness we announce that on September 6, 2011 Beryl Harding passed away very peacefully after yet another fight against cancer. Beryl is predeceased by Ted, her husband of 65 years and leaves behind sons, Brian and Murray, daughters-in-law Bev and Dayle whom she loved like daughters and four grandchildren who were her pride and joy, Chad, Sean, Chris and Jacqueline. Beryl was born in Pontypridd, Wales on August 9, 1923 and emigrated to Canada in 1928 where the family settled on River Avenue at the site of what is now the Donald Street Bridge. Co-incidentally Ted lived in his family homestead less than 100 yards away. She attended Lord Selkirk and St. Johns High School before working in Victoria for CP Telegraph during the war years. Beryl and Ted were married in August 1943 in Winnipeg, and settled in at 198 Bell Avenue after Ted was discharged from the army in 1946. In 1949, she gave birth to Brian and 3 and a half years later, Murray followed. In 1960, the family moved to Churchill Drive where Beryl and Ted spent the next 40 years volunteering at the Community Centre and growing their flowers. In 1976, Beryl was diagnosed with breast cancer and due to her stubborn nature and indomitable spirit, successfully beat it. Unfortunately, cancer was to plague her off and on during her life. Beryl was actively involved in curling throughout her life and served as president of the MLCA and vice president of CCA before she had to retire. She was also a fan of all sporting events, including the Goldeyes, Bombers and her beloved Jets. Notwithstanding this, she and Ted would take and/or follow their sons to all of their many sporting events and when their grandchildren arrived, they were always interested and involved in all of their activities. Mom is gone to meet Dad and although there is now a void for us, they are together again. The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at the Victoria General Hospital for making her last few weeks comfortable. We would also like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Ian Maxwell who saw her through thick and thin for the past 30 years. At Beryl's request, a private family memorial will be held to honour her life. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Victoria General Hospital Foundation Inc., 2340 Pembina Highway, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 2E8. (204)477-3513. THOMSON IN THE PARK 925-1120 Condolences may be sent to www.thomsoninthepark.com


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