BERYL ELIZABETH LOCKHART
April 3, 1931 - January 9, 2022
It is with deep sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, sister-in-law, aunt, and friend on January 9, 2022 at Riverview Health Center, at the age of 90.
Mom will be greatly missed by her children, Laurie, Janice, and (Dave) Whillans; daughter-in-law Angela Wilson; adored grandchildren, Kyla (Ryan) Whitney, Brett Whillans and Aidan and Rowan Lockhart; great-grandchild, Chloe Elizabeth Whitney; brother Gary Aldcorn; nieces, Carol Latter, Linda Block, Leslie and Jody Aldcorn; as well as nephews, Gord Latter, Gord and Jamie Aldcorn, Trevor and Ross Lockhart.
She was predeceased by her husband Doug Lockhart; her beloved son Cal Lockhart; her parents Muriel and William Aldcorn; brothers-in-law Ernie Lockhart and Jack Latter; sister-in-law, Doris Latter; and niece, Sandra Latter.
Mom was born in Gouverneur, Saskatchewan and moved to Shaunavon, Saskatchewan at the age of one. (Mom was fiercely proud of her Saskatchewan Roots!) Her family moved to Winnipeg in 1947, when she was 16. She graduated from Daniel McIntyre Collegiate, met Dad at The Young People’s Group at Chalmers United Church, where they later married in 1953. Mom worked as a secretary at Great West Life, M.T.S., C.P.R. and later part time at the Rotary Club.
Mom and Dad moved to Fort Garry and they raised three children, in a wonderful community. Mom often said the best decision they made was moving to Jupiter Bay, where they lived among wonderful neighbours, they had the best bay parties and they developed many long-lasting friendships. While working part time, and raising three kids, Mom took on the challenge of going to university. She obtained a degree in Social Work from the University of Manitoba in 1977. She enjoyed working at the Women’s Pavilion at the Health Sciences Center, until her retirement in 1988.
Mom and Dad’s lengthy retirement allowed them to spend winters in the south and summers at their treasured cottage at Lake of The Woods, where Mom loved her daily swim to the point, picking blueberries for one of her famous pies and entertaining family and friends.
Mom loved to travel, besides road trips across Canada and the United States, she was fortunate enough to spend time in China, Europe, the Caribbean, Mexico and Hawaii. Mom seemed to have boundless energy as she took up different sports such as cycling, golf, downhill and cross-country skiing, and tennis. Later, she took classes at the Reh-Fit Center and went on her daily walks. She loved to play the piano and she would play when she was happy or sad; playing the piano seemed to give her incredible strength. She was so honoured and thrilled to play at her granddaughter’s wedding in 2019.
In her retirement, Mom volunteered at Habitat for Humanity, helped teach English to new Canadians and volunteered with the Fort Garry United Church Women’s Group (formerly Unit 7), where the Christmas ‘cookie run’ was a favourite annual event.
Mom was happiest when she was surrounded by people; she really was a social butterfly and she loved having people to her home for coffee or a meal. She enjoyed discussing politics and current events, and on the very rare occasion, when the Free Press wasn’t at her door, it was agony for her!
Mom’s love for her family was her greatest devotion. She enjoyed her four grandchildren immensely; she made each one of them feel special and she was thrilled to obtain G.G.M. (Great Grandma) status in 2020!
Mom was one classy lady and she had a strong sense of style with fashion and décor. Her selflessness, strong convictions, positive attitude and how she listened (without passing judgement), made her a very special person that you could trust.
Mom faced her illnesses, the death of her husband Doug, and the tragic death of her son Cal, with marvelous courage. She truly believed it is not what happens to you in life, but how you react to it that really matters and she faced all these challenges remaining as positive as possible.
Mom- we love you more than the sunshine! You will be lovingly missed by all that knew you.
Thank you to all the workers who cared for Mom at the Health Science Centre and Riverview Health Center. Special thanks to Dr. Chizick and Dr. Narkosy at H.S.C. and nurses Tony and Jennifer at Riverview Health Center.
There will be a memorial service at a future date. In the meantime, we kindly request that mom’s friends and relatives take a few minutes to honour her memory by watching the photo-biography above. Please, also consider sharing your own photos, memories, and stories by making use of the comment section on this page.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Memorial Fund of Fort Garry United Church
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