BEENHAM Jackie Beenham One of the Winchcomb Garden Girls has passed on. N. F. (Jackie)
Beenham (nee Curtis) was born July 18, 1924 in Eltham, Well hall, London, S.E.9 England. Growing up through the depression, and the London Blitz of W. W. II, Jackie helped the war effort through her service in the Woman’s Land Army. Around that time, she met her future husband and soul mate Ralph. They were married in 1950, on April 1st at St. Barnabas Church at Well Hall. After Ralph left the army in 1953, Jackie and Ralph immigrated to Canada. They arrived in Vancouver on her 31st birthday, and settled in Richmond B.C. She is survived by Ralph her husband of 56 years, two sons Kevin (Julie) & Wayne (Melody), daughter Mia (Dale), 6 grandchildren, 1 great granddaughter Tasia (plus two more on the way). Our heartfelt appreciation goes to Dr. Teresa Rawson, the entire staff, especially theNurses at Ashcroft Hospital for the care given to Jackie and Ralph. You really are part of the family. Jackie found her best friend Sylvia Rogers (nee Bedwell) at Winchcomb Gardens, and formed a life long relationship that weathered W.W. II, adventures on both sides on the Atlantic and Canada as Sylvia and Geoff came over. They raised their families together. Jackie enjoyed raising her children and taking care of the family household, she was always there for us. She didn’t balk at trips up country to build a cabin at Cariboo Lake, or share Christmas on the ranch with Jean and Ken Mckay in Clearwater and several other places. Their trip across Canada was always fondly remembered. A trip in 2005 to the “Olde Country” was also a very cherished memory. Jackie will always live on in the hearts of everyone she touched in her life. Her memory will give us warmth and comfort to carry on. Should friends so desire donations in memory of Jackie may be made to a charity of your choice. A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date in Ashcroft. Thompson Valley Funeral Home Ashcroft entrusted with arrangements.