Beulah O BARRINGTON
22 September , 1918 – 10 March , 2019
It is with loving arms that we send our Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Great-Great-Grandmother, Aunt, and Friend, Beulah Barrington, to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Mom was predeceased by her parents Mary and Oscar Brumbaugh, her husband Bill Grilten, her second husband Bill Barrington, her brothers, sisters, and grandchildren Bonnie Stack and Dillon Barrington.
Mom is lovingly remembered by her daughter Ada Kirkland, sons Robert (Linda) Barrington, Ralph Barrington, Keith (Diane) Barrington, Les Barrington (Kereen Lazurko), Glen (Rhonda) Barrington. Many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
The service for Mom will be held at The Sonningdale Hall on Thursday, March 14th at 2pm with Kevin Luiten officiating.
We would like to sincerely thank all of the wonderful staff at Circle Drive Special Care Home for the wonderful care they provided to Mom during her time there. We, Beulah’s family, will be forever grateful to you all.
September 22, 1918-March 10, 2019
Our Granny Beulah was born in Maymont, Saskatchewan September 22, 1918. She was the twelfth of fourteen children born to Mary & Oscar Brumbaugh. Her dad had always joked that they had so many children they were running out of names, so he said they would name the baby after the next female visitor that walked through the door. No sooner said, than Beulah Ross walked through the door and that’s how Granny got her name. As you can see, Granny came by her great sense of humour honestly.
When Granny was very young, the family moved across the river from Maymont to the Sonningdale area near Asguard School. Granny attended Asguard School, she very much enjoyed her school years and loved her teacher Violet Niven. Granny would later work for Violet as a housekeeper.
Granny loved sports. Her dad would take his girls to sports days and bet on them to win the races. He would always come home with a few extra dollars in his pocket. Granny loved to play ball. She was a very good pitcher and had many friends from the area who played on her team. The children went to school by horseback or walking, and in the winter would go by horse and cutter. Granny was never bored on the farm, she always had lots of chores to do and many games to play with her siblings.
Granny loved to dance and in her teenage years she started going to the local dances. She was a good dancer and even in her later years tried to teach my dad the Charleston, and well, let’s just say--she tried.
Granny met Bill Griffin when she was 17 and they were married in 1936. The following year, they had their first and only child, Ada. They moved from Sonningdale to the Pike Lake area southwest of Saskatoon where Bill was hired to work on a farm. Granny gardened, raised chickens and did other farm chores as well. These were very good and happy years but tragedy struck in 1947 when Bill was diagnosed with diabetes and passed away. This was very hard on Granny, she and Ada were alone, so she moved them back to the Spinny Hill area to stay with her sister, Sis. She often spoke of how thankful she was for Sis, and her family’s support.
Granny and Ada stayed with Sis until she thought she could move on, she got a job working for her old school teacher Violet Niven. Granny worked for Violet until she met and married Bill Barrington in 1950. After they were married, they lived in Sonningdale. This is where Granny’s life made a drastic change and I’m sure she wasn’t prepared for what was about to come. In the next seven years, she would have five sons. Robert was born in 1951, Ralph 1953, Keith 1954, Les 1955, and& Glen 1958. These were very busy times!
The family stayed in Sonningdale, except for a year when they moved to Estevan while Bill worked with his trucks in the oil patch. Granny started attending the Pentecostal Church in Sonningdale and her faith would be a huge part of her life from then on.
In 1968, the family moved from Sonningdale to an acreage close to Saskatoon. Granny loved this because of all the modern conveniences of the new house and lots of extra room. She also started working in Saskatoon at Sunnyside Nursing Home where she worked until she retired at the age of 65. She loved this work and was head of housekeeping, she shared with us lots of funny stories about her time there.
After two years of acreage living, the family moved into the city, a few blocks from her work. Granny attended the Four Square Church in Saskatoon where she taught Sunday school and was very involved in her church community.
After retirement, Granny loved to ride the bus downtown to go shopping. She loved to garden, she also held bible studies in her home and for certain continued on with her faith. She had lots of small grandchildren at this time, she enjoyed them all and knew just how to be the best Granny in the world.
In 1993, Grandpa passed away and again Granny was alone, while this was hard, she made the best of it. She continued on with her bible studies at home and at church and enjoyed her grandchildren. She loved to go for walks and had very good health. Granny would always welcome her family and friends with freshly baked bread, oatmeal cookies, a warm bowl of borscht and a cup of tea. Despite her good health, unfortunately, in 2009, Granny was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease and had to move out of her home and into a private care home. She lived in this private care home for eight years before moving to Circle Drive Special Care Home. While in Circle Drive, Granny could often be seen visiting with the other residents. Even when in the care home, Granny was still trying to take care of everyone else, she would make sure that the other residents were warm and fed and that the place was clean and tidy. She always wanted to share whatever she had and that never changed.
Granny had so many accomplishments in life, and yet another when she turned 100. She received a letter from the Queen, the Prime Minister, the Premier of Saskatchewan, the Attorney General of Canada and many other dignitaries. Granny was an amazing woman to have lived through so much and did it with such grace and confidence!
We would like to say thank you from the bottom of our hearts to Kereen, who spent so much time with our Granny in the last years of her life. We thank you for generously giving your time, devotion and love to our Granny. Weather it was physical therapy, cross stitching or painting her nails, Granny’s life was better because you were in it. We thank you for being there with our dad while making all of the arrangements for today, for putting together the slide show and for finding the perfect outfit to lay Granny to rest in, it is exactly her and I know she would approve. We are forever grateful to you Kereen, Thank you.
Granny lived her life for her family. She gave endlessly and never expected anything in return. Her faith was strong and she never faltered from it. She always did what was right and made the best out of everything. She was always there when we needed her and always knew how to help us handle life’s problems. She loved unconditionally. She didn’t have much but left us all with much more than we could ever have hoped for. All that is good came from her. For that, we could never repay her and are eternally grateful. We are so proud of her and always will be, she will be in our hearts forever. Thank you Granny for your unconditional love and wisdom, for your strength and unselfishness, for your commitment to us all, your faith and your patience. Your legacy will live on in your children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and great, great grandchildren. We love you forever, we love you for always. As long as we’re living, a part of us all you will be.
- Robert Barrington
- Keith Barrington
- Les Barrington
- Glen Barrington
- Kereen Lazurko
- Randy Kirkland
- Celebration and Memorial Thursday, 14 March , 2019
Beulah O BARRINGTON
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