Elsie Mildred "Jean" Beckley
October 2, 1929 – April 26, 2021
Jean passed away peacefully on April 26, 2021, in her 92nd year.
Fiercely independent and adventurous, Jean left home at the tender age of 17 to teach in a one room schoolhouse in Blue Mountain. She would later settle in Toronto, where she would become a beloved Home Economics teacher until her retirement in 1985.
Jean was devoted to her Church, her precious friends, and her cherished family. Her crafting room was legendary: there she would plot and sew many family heirlooms, including the fabled series of homemade books. She will always be remembered for her sweet nature, generous spirit, infinite creativity and of course her layered Jell-O and Ambrosia salads.
Jean was predeceased by her parents Reverend Christopher Beckley and Ellen, and her brothers Stephen (Marie), Robert (Florence), and Donald (Helen). She will be sadly missed by her niece Jane. Donations can be made in her name at Weston Presbyterian Church at 11 Cross Street, York, Ontario, M9N 2B8.
A private family service will be held at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to Westmount Memorial Celebration Centre, Kitchener, (519-743-8900). Online condolences at www.westmountfuneralchapel.com
- Weston Presbyterian Church
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Elsie Mildred "Jean" Beckley
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May 5, 2021
Jean was such a friendly person who always enjoyed a chat at coffee time, after the church service, each Sunday.
One of my favourite things was helping out at the Bazaar each year before Christmas. The table beside where I helped out always displayed a beautiful variety of Jean's sewing, which was quickly snapped up by eager buyers.
Sometimes Jean and I would exchange books. This was always so enjoyable as we both loved to read.
She will be missed very much by all of us at Weston Presbyterian Church.
May 3, 2021
Miss Beckley was my Home Economics teacher in the late 1960's. She had a wealth of patience with her students, and was respectful and considerate of everyone in her class. I still use many of the recipes that she gave us. I loved her class. Condolences to her family.
April 30, 2021
I will hold onto my middle school memories back at Hilltop. (Graduated in 1985)
As a school monitor for Ms. Beckley, I remember one time while we were setting things up for one of her cooking lessons, and she came to realize that she needed eggs. Being the resourceful woman she was, she asked me if my grandparents across the street wouldn’t mind accommodating her...and so off I went to grandma’s house. Ms. Beckley was thrilled when I returned with the eggs.
It wasn’t until I became a teacher myself in the late 90’s when our paths crossed at the annual gatherings at the Robson residence. It was such a delight to see her and catch up.
It was such a privilege and pleasure having Ms. Beckley as a teacher, mentor, and friend. She will be greatly missed.
To Ms. Beckley’s loved ones, my condolences and blessings to you all.
Owaissa Group - Norma Kent
April 30, 2021
Jean was a long-time member of the Owaissa Ladies Group of Weston Presbyterian Church. Her crafts were outstanding, her baking delicious, her dedication to each project above and beyond what was expected and her kind and friendly manner made you feel special. Jean always had time to listen, comfort, guide or lend a helping hand. We will miss you, Jean. Our condolences to Janet and your entire family. Your friends in Owaissa
April 29, 2021
My first memories of Jean was as my home economics teacher. She was kind and encouraging although my sewing ability must have tried her patience. In later years, Jean and I worked on many church activities as we belonged to the same ladies group. Her crafts were outstanding. She always did more than her share of the work. The devotions she prepared for our meetings were thought provoking. My husband and I will miss Jean's friendliness and warmth and our many conversations after church. We have lost a very special lady. Our deepest condolences to her family. Bob and Norma Kent
April 28, 2021
Jean and I sat in the same pew at church after my parents had passed away. She was very kind and generous lady. I helped count her donation from the craft table at the bazaar for many years and admired all the beautiful items she sewed. She always shared what was going on with her brother in the last years. I was glad when she moved to Kitchener to be near her niece because she had difficulty understanding me when I would call on the phone. She took great pride in her clothes and always looked beautiful. May your memories of Jean console you. with my deepest sympathy, Sue Nazar