OBITUARY

Beatrice Marjorie Archibald

May 9, 1930October 7, 2021
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Beatrice Marjorie Archibald walked in the presence of her Lord and Savior on the 7th of October 2021 after a short time of illness. Her husband James Archibald passed away in 1992 but she is survived by 6 of her 8 children, Shirley Lemky, (Dave), Thomas Archibald, Randal Archibald (Wencie), Merril Marocchi (Mike), James Archibald, (Cheryl), Grant Archibald, (Ronda) Lorna Rose, deceased, (Wince) and Derrick Archibald, deceased, 37 grandchildren, 42 great grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren. She has one surviving sister, brother-in-law, sisters-in-law, many nieces, and nephews Beatrice, or as she was often called Bea, was born, a twin, on the 9th of May 1930 and was the second eldest of 11 children of which 9 survived to Grace and Albert Price of Radisson, Saskatchewan a small homestead farming community. She was very well known by the community for breaking in their horses or helping at planting or harvesting. She loved working along side her dad and would rather be working in the field then going to school any day. She had a very special way with the animals and used her techniques often. At the age of 10, her parents decided that perhaps there could be a better life for the family in BC since some of their relatives had already made the move. So, they moved to Richmond and purchased a small acreage and again she worked alongside her dad in gardening and tending the animals that they had. She was very innovative and had many skills and at a very young age, she worked in a cannery, a furniture manufacturing plant and sewing bathing suits. It did not seem to matter the task she would learn it, excel, and impress those who she worked with She met and married James Archibald, Jim, in 1950 and began a new chapter in her life. She was a busy homemaker and began raising a large family of 8 children. She was never too busy to assist in her community whether that was to baby sit a neighbour’s child or children, cut hair, or feed the kids when it was bread baking days which was often. She was also very busy in her church community as she had a beautiful soprano voice singing in the choir and ensembles. For a few years, she helped work with her husband in a dry cleaning and alteration shop. There never was a task that was too challenging to alter as she could do wonders with a piece of material. We may never have had brand name clothes, but we had stylish outfits as she would see something and then cut the pattern out in newspaper and an old garment was make into something new and fancy. With each new addition to the family or friends a knitting and crocheted outfit was always ready and waiting. As the years past, she continued serving her family and community. After the death of her husband, she would support wherever was needed. She had a servant’s heart and especially to her family. Her joy was watching and seeing her grandchildren grow and always was ready to share stories or advise that she had learned from her life. She had a smile and laughter that would brighten up any room and always made those around her feel most welcomed. She is dearly missed by many and especially her family, but she is now free from her painful body and alive. Due to the restrictions of Covid a decision as a family was made to have a Celebration of Life next summer at which a time will be announced.

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