Winchester Press – obit – Jean Beckstead
A lifetime resident of the Williamsburg area,Jean Beckstead passed away at the Caressant Care Nursing Homein Bourget, on Mon., Dec, 3, 2007, following a lengthy illness.She was 78.
She was born in Williamsburg Township on June 25, 1929 to herparents Fred and Rhoda Wells (nee Brown). She attended publicschool in Froatburn and then Morrisburg High School.
On Jan. 31, 1947 she married Duane Beckstead, and together theyhad four children: Stephen, Garry, Carol, and Scott. She was adevoted wife and mother who was always willing to lend a helpinghand to anyone in need.
She worked as a cook for many years at Upper Canada Village, the1867 restaurant, and the Scott’s travel centre on Highway 401westbound.
In her early years Jean enjoyed riding horses. As she got oldershe enjoyed knitting, quilting, and playing the guitar with herhusband Duane. She and Duane travelled extensively over the yearsvisiting the maritimes, western Canada, and several areas of theUnited States.
She is survived by her children Stephen (Julie) of Froatburn,Scott (Karen) of RR# 4 Winchester, and Carol Tremblay of Morrisburg,and her siblings Eileen Gallinger of Ingleside, Verna Tupper ofFroatburn, and Earl (Jackie) Wells of Crysler. She will be fondlyremembered by grandchildren Blake, Adele, Iris, Stephanie, Travis,Justin, Stephanie, Kurtis, Dana, Leah, and Hannah. She was predeceasedby her husband Duane, her son Garry, and her brothers Ray andRussell Wells. She is also survived by nieces and nephews.
There was no visitation or funeral service. Interment of crematedremains will be at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery in Riverside Heightsin the spring.
Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or Winchester DistrictMemorial Hospital would be appreciated by the family.
Arrangements were entrusted to the Marsden and McLaughlin FuneralHome in Williamsburg.