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Beth Morton

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October 31, 1965 – May 11, 2024

It is with immense sorrow and heartbreak, we announce the passing of Beth, surrounded by family, on May 11th, 2024. She is survived by her cherished children, son Zach Morton (Fallon) and daughter Vanessa Rose (Morgan); her dog Molly she adored; her siblings, Ron Margolis (Debbie) and del Margolis; and mother-in-law Judy Morton.

Beth was predeceased by her parents, Arnold and Lois Margolis.

Born in Winnipeg, on October 31st, 1965, Beth grew up in River Heights. She excelled in school and sports, specifically track and field. She enjoyed afternoons spent shooting hoops with her older brother Ron, and playing piano with her younger sister del. Beth made many friends during her school years, especially at Grant Park, that she remained close with throughout her life. She enjoyed many adventures, experiences, and made lasting memories with them.

During high school, Beth’s beloved father helped her get a data entry job at Imperial Agencies. This sparked her fascination in computers, and served as a catalyst for her successful career in IT. Additionally, it allowed her to share the candy sample room with her friends.

After completing her Computer Analyst Programming diploma at RRC in 1988, Beth was hired by Safeway as an IT Developer. Before long, she was a well-liked and respected manager, then director, before moving to Investors Group. Throughout her career she made many lasting friendships and connections.

All while juggling her growing career, Beth managed to run 3 half marathons, and became an attentive, ever-loving Mother. First to Zach, born in the fall of 1994, then to Vanessa, born in the summer of 1997. Beth loved spending weekends and summers with her kids at the lake. She instilled her affection for travel in her children from a young age with cherished vacations to Tofino, Disney World, Mexico, Whistler, The Grand Canyon, Australia, and New Zealand. Beth provided her children with unwavering support and endless love.

Following her successful IT career, Beth retired in 2017. She spent her time pursuing many hobbies, both old and new. Some of her favourites were kayaking, dog sitting, hiking through many forests, painting, riding her motorcycle, playing canasta, and especially tennis. Just like other stages of her life, Beth easily made new friendships while cherishing her old ones. Alongside her other hobbies, Beth travelled to many special places and would gleefully recall trips made with friends to BC, Utah, Antelope Canyon, the Black Hills, Iguazu Falls, Ushuaia, and Milford Sound.

In the Spring of 2023, Beth moved into a new apartment alongside her sister del. She was thrilled to deepen her connection with del and create a new circle of friends together. She enjoyed glasses of wine on the balcony, and many walks through the nearby Assiniboine Forest and Fort Whyte.

Beth was an optimist. She cared deeply about those around her and went out of her way to help in any way she could. She spent time volunteering at CancerCare, Agape Table and Rainbow Resource Centre. She wanted to share the following poem.


I’d like the memory of me to be a happy one.

I’d like to leave an afterglow of smiles when life is done.

I’d like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways,

Of happy times and laughing times and bright and sunny days.

I’d like the tears of those who grieve, to dry before the sun;

Of happy memories that I leave when life is done.


Her family is grateful for the physicians, nurses, and support staff of the Palliative Care Program, and Riverview Health Centre.

A celebration of life will be held at 1:00pm on June 1, 2024, at 603 Wellington Crescent (Unitarian Church).

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Beth’s name to RaY (Resource Assistance for Youth - Winnipeg), Riverview Health Centre, or a charity of your choice.

Beth’s family kindly requests that all of her 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.


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Naomi Finkelstein

June 2, 2024 at 9:30 PM

I met Beth about 10 years ago, and like most parents, who have an innate love for their children and want them to be as happy as possible in this world that can be unforgiving and hostile if you don't suit the norm, she joined our support group. Like most, she was a most caring, loving mother, only wanting extreme happiness for her kids to live their true authentic selves. As a caring mother, she was caring of many other people. She was a great supportive friend, offering helpful suggestions. and was an invaluable member of group, sharing her experiences and offering advice to newbies, volunteering making jewelry, helping at our sales booth, attending fundraising socials, providing food for our potluck swimmng parties, and walking in the parades. She was totally involved in the cause. Her eyes always twinkled, and she always had a smile on her face and had a great sense of humour. One couldn't help but be drawn to her. I was so envious she was an outlaw mom being a rider of a motorcycle. I am so happy to have met her, known her and honoured to be considered a friend, as she enriched my life but, she definitely left this world way too soon. The only good is she is no longer suffering. I will miss her a lot and think of her often.

Corinne Flaws

June 1, 2024 at 3:01 PM

My dear friend Beth

I am going to miss you so much.

You have been such an amazing friend over the past 8 or so years since you came to work at Investors Group. I was so lucky you decided to retire shortly after me and we were able to have so many great adventures together.

I am so thankful for all the amazing memories and pictures from all of the fun times we’ve had..…

We had so many great experiences together Pinawa, Milford Trek, All over New Zealand, Oregon Caost and Portland, Clear Lake, All over Vancouver Island and Gabriola Island, Gimli, Vancouver. You loved to drive and i loved to navigate so we made prefect travel partners.

I am so grateful you explored many Art learning opportunties with me . You had amazing artistic talent drawing crazing cartoons, beautiful faces and boho fun!

Beth was a very caring and compassionate person and always wanted the best for everyone in her life

She was so happy to move into the Links with her sister. It gave her so much joy to see her sister thriving, meeting new people.

She was always thinking about and speaking with so much pride about her amazing kids Zach and Vanessa. It gave her so much joy to have them with her through the last few months.

I wished I could have spent more time with her these last few months but it was very comforting that she had so many great friends here in Winnipeg and in her new building that were looking out for her.

She was always so grateful for all of her friends and family and for all of her fabulous adventures and friendships she had had throughout her life

Beth - You will always be in my heart. I will forever cherish the wonderful memories we have made together!

Thank you for inspiring me to live my life to the fullest and teaching me how to live life with Joy and Grace

Thank you for being my friend

Densie Damen

May 26, 2024 at 10:53 PM

I feel incredibly grateful to have had Beth as a friend for over 36 years. Our journey began when I first started working at Safeway IT, where we quickly became friends. Together we went on countless adventures, and her companionship made each journey unforgettable. I loved our hiking trips in the US, exploring different places like Arches National Park and the Grand Canyon, while enjoying good conversation and taking in the scenery. After a long day of hiking, we would reward ourselves with a nice meal and fine wine. Beth’s presence brought positivity, kindness, and authenticity to every moment, and she had a special place in my daughter Paige’s heart. Paige would tell strangers during our travels that Beth was her second Mom. Beth was family to us. I’ll forever treasure the painting she gifted me, titled "Heart Full," a testament to her immense talent and generosity (picture attached). I had the privilege of seeing Beth three weeks before her passing, and she was such an inspiration. She greeted me with a big smile, exuding a sense of peace and contentment. She said she lived a wonderful life with no regrets and cherished her loved ones and the moments shared with them.

Beth went too soon, and she will be greatly missed by so many. My deepest condolences to Zak, Vanessa, Del, and Ron, and to her extended family and many friends during this difficult time.

Brian Urbanowicz

May 21, 2024 at 7:08 PM

I've known Beth since we hired her at Safeway. She was an excellent employee and quickly moved up the ranks to the position of IT Director. Over the years we became close collegues and friends. I cherish the times we spent together on various IT initiatives and business trips.....Beth was always very active in trying to make Safeway IT better....and was a joy to be with during the social times. I will also cherish the lunches or dinners in Vancouver or Winnipeg after our retirements. Will miss you so much Beth.

Pic from my retirement in 2014 and at a restaurant in Port Moody in 2022.

Cheryl Bartell

May 18, 2024 at 4:44 PM

I first connected with Beth through a shared love for tennis, a game new to both of us in the last few years. When I visited with her just the week before she moved on to live with the angels, we both agreed that tennis is wwwaaayyy better than pickleball, but she reminded me to be thankful for pickleball because without it, we wouldn't have been introduced to tennis and the lovely group of women we played it with!

I think that speaks to the essence of Beth - during the few years I knew her, she had a way of appreciating what life gave her, and finding joy and growth even in the setbacks. She was genuine and open and, of course, Super Fun.

I'm sure she is bringing the same joy and spirit to the angels that she brought here on earth to those of us lucky enough to call her friend.

Shirley and Roger Sylvestre

May 18, 2024 at 3:49 PM

Beautiful tribute for a beautiful lady. Our condolences to all who knew and loved her.

Bev Kozun

May 18, 2024 at 12:40 AM

There are no words to describe my friendship with Beth. We met last year, happy hour in our building, Beth and Del. And what fun that was. After we left, I headed back to the 6th floor, as did the two sisters. Beth invited me over to have wine on the deck, I said absolutely and then went to let my husband know. Went to Beth’s, no answer. Went into the library and saw them outside and waved a bottle of red wine, and they were yelling to come in. That was the beginning of our friendship and damn it was my rebirth   I realized we had “found our tribe” to quote Del. And once Bonnie came into our lives a few days after, well that’s when we realized how important each of us was to each other. We were hooked, the 3B’s. Beth Bev and Bonnie. We were soon known as the “ladies” and what a ride it was. Walks, the park, shopping, wine, dogs, families, friends, we were always known as trouble, in a fun way. I will always remember Beth’s love for my two grandchildren, Joelle especially. They clicked in so many ways, and Joelle always felt safe saying things with Beth about life. Thanks Beth, that meant so much to me. You are going to be missed so much, but we will always remember you and your legacy. Love, kindness, honesty, and laughter. To Del, I am so thankful you shared our darling Beth. To Vanessa and Morgan, Beth loved you so deeply, and was proud of you. To Zack and Fallon, you made momma smile with pride. And to Zack and Vanessa, your mom would be so damn proud of how you were there with her. You two and Molly, were her heart and soul. Please know that while our friendship was too short, it was one of the best friendships I have ever had, and I will miss Beth every day. Rest in Peace dear Beth.

del margolis

May 17, 2024 at 11:32 PM

Beth Margolis Morton - another perspective

****additional family commentary


Beth was so grateful she was able to retire early, after a big corporate career in IT that she really enjoyed. Over the last several years she indulged so many interests and acquired new ones. She went on some spectacular trips, she found that forest walks were essential, she became a dogsitter, she immersed herself in artistic endeavours, she got herself a motorcycle, and she discovered a brand new passion - tennis.


She also rediscovered what good company she was all on her own. She taught herself to pause and acknowledge. "I am happy in this moment," she was able to say so often in her post-retirement life and even more frequently this past year. She put in the work and learned to carry herself with immense self-love and confidence. And all of it made her an even better parent and role model for her kids.


In March of 2023 she moved into a new building that turned out to be all kinds of wonderful. Her sister was already moved in two floors down, and their relationship bloomed into something more beautiful and precious than they dreamt possible. Together they set up and decorated Beth's new place to be the most Beth a place could be, with her own artwork all over the walls, and her little nest at the chaise end of her couch. They placed each piece of furniture and decor so carefully, or as careful as was possible given the amount of wine involved. It might have been that night Beth texted "goodnight, souster" and the typo became the official appellation of a tipsy sister. Together they found friends and a community within the building that brought them such joy, and then such unwavering support. Beth took great comfort in knowing she was leaving her sister in the safe hands of this community. Thank you to so many neighbours who made the unbearable possible to endure, most notably Bev & Don, Bonnie & Grant, Penny & Ron, and the incomparable Josie. Apart from propping up del, their ability to serve up slices of "normal" to Beth was just so vital for her.


Most parents like to talk about their kids, but at some point the subject has to change. With her sister, Beth knew she NEVER had to change the subject. When each of the kids were born, Beth had her sister come stay for a few weeks and bond with the new baby and then was so generous ever after in sharing photos, stories and progress of the kids.


In recent years Beth grew much closer with her brother Ron and his wife Deb, and really prized their steady support and frequent visits. A special outing with Deb one afternoon in April meant everything. On Beth's list of all-time favorite memories was shooting hoops with Ron behind the house on Waterloo.


Beth felt alot of pride in the friends she spent a lifetime collecting. So many of them referred to her as their best friend, as she was so invested in each one of them and their own journey. There are so very many people Beth cared deeply about. Some friends that have occupied much of her heart of late are Bonnie, Brenda, Carolynn, Corinne, Denise, Jan, Jennifer, Sharon & Yo. She also had such massive love for Bree and Paige, daughters of dear friends, having known them since they were born.


Thank you to Beth's out of town friends who came in to share meaningful time and joy with her.


Thank you to the Tennis Ladies who dubbed Beth "The Gazelle," which had her nearly bursting with pride.


Beth kept her mother-in-law in the divorce. Judy was one of Beth's biggest fans and the feeling was mutual.


Thank you to Brad for being so good with the kids during the very worst of it. Beth would be so thankful for that.


Beth always had a wonderful relationship with her kids, but she fell in love with them all over again as they became independent adults, and cheered them on in their choices, offering all her support.


Beth said Vanessa was her hero and her inspiration to make changes to start living a better life for herself.

Vanessa and her dog Molly dropped their lives in Vancouver to come stay with Beth and take charge of everything related to her care. To be clear, Molly was in charge, and that was just fine with everyone. Cuddles were routinely prescribed and found to be highly effective.


When Zach moved to Australia in 2015, Beth was super excited for him and his adventures. She never wanted him to curtail his plans just because she'd desperately miss him. When he moved to New Zealand after a couple years and stayed 4 more, she continued to visit him and was happy he was enjoying his life. When he moved back to Winnipeg after 6 years away, she was positively jubilant and super smiley about it for a long time. Zach bought a house last year just minutes away from Beth, and they constantly visited back and forth. From the moment she took ill, he's been over every day. Both kids made Beth their top priority.


Just being in the same room as her kids, Beth's energy was different - she was lit up and animated and always eager to share anything with them. She was so pleased to have the recent chance to get acquainted with Vanessa's partner Morgan, and she adored Zach's partner Fallon, and was relieved to know that her kids each had their person to lean on through all of this and moving forward.


The kids were Beth's absolute lifeblood. Amongst all the raging unfairness and insulting audacity of this situation is the way Beth was cheated of more time just glorying in the amazing humans she produced.


It's been an exquisite privilege to watch Vanessa and Zach look after Beth with such tenderness, humour, patience, and devotion. The love and laughter of her final evening will linger forever.

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