Beryl Phyllis Coleman

November 28th, 2020

Sadly we announce the passing of our Mom, Gran, Great Gran, Aunty, and cherished friend, peacefully, in her 100th year, surrounded by the love of her family on November 28, 2020 at Rose Wood Village.

Born in Sheho, Saskatchewan, May 2, 1921, Beryl moved with her parents, 2 sisters and brother to Kimberley, BC a year later.  

She met her sweetheart, Chips (Eric) in Kimberley and they married in 1941. Chips join the RCAF shortly after and served in England during the war years. Beryl kept the “Home Fires Burning”:  raising their first born, supporting her parents, and organizing care packages. Upon his return they chose Trail to build their life and raise their family.

Beryl was supportive, encouraging, kind and thoughtful, a source of stories, lyrics and fun. Beta Sigma Phi, UCW, bridge and Chip’s interests such as Rotary, especially BBQ’s on Old Betsy, brought her joy. 

Eric became Assistant to the President West Kootenay Power Company, and when he retired in 1979 they moved to their Summer Cottage at Christina Lake. Beryl made “Coleman’s Cozy Cottage” the hub of activity for friends and family. In winter months they enjoyed 5th Wheeling north and south to rendezvous with friends and family.

In the 1980’s Chips accepted several volunteer consultant positions with Canadian Executive Services Overseas and Beryl enjoyed accompanying him on assignments to Costa Rica, Panama, Belize and Northern BC.

Beryl was predeceased by Chips, her husband of 68 years; son Murray (Penny); sisters Dorothy Cameron (Charles), Ina (Vern) Bruce, and brother Manfred. She is lovingly remembered by her family; daughters Donna (Denis) Robinson and Mary (Josh) Schritt; son Robert (Celeste); grandchildren Stephen (Amy) Robinson, Carolyn (Greg) Babakaiff, Michael (Kimberly) Robinson, Tess Coleman, and Rae Coleman; great-grandchildren Braelyn, Reid, Caitlyn, and Erika Robinson; Kody and Paige Babakaiff; Hugh, Charlotte, William and Luke Robinson; nephews and nieces.

The family wishes to express their thanks to the devoted staff at Rose Wood Village for their care, support, kindnesses, respect and conversations especially during this past difficult year.

As an expression of sympathy, donations in Beryl’s name may be made to a charity of your choice.

A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. 

You are invited to leave a personal message of condolence.

Messages:

Oh those early days at the lake, jumping off the big rocks, swimming with mom over to Uncle Chips wharf. Such a fun time. We are truly blessed to have grown up with such remarkable parents. Aunty Beryl's generous and kindly manner will be missed by all.

May all the warm and special memories you shared with your loved one stay with you and bring comfort through all the days ahead. Our deepest condolences to you, Donna and Dennis.

I had the pleasure of caring for Beryl while she was on assisted living. I always tried to spend sometime with her before bedtime. Her and I had many good conversations about her love of the cottage at the lake. When she found out I was from Rossland she told me great stories about her uncle. I would always bring her a wee candy bar and she so enjoyed them! She will be greatly missed!

Beryl was always so gracious, at Rotary groups at her home, and the Stroke Recovery Group. My deepest sympathy to Donna and all the family.

Sorry for your loss Dennis and family, hold on to thoughts of good times and laughs you had together.

Sending our love, hugs and deepest condolences to the family. We know how special of a lady she was and how much she meant to you all.

I have such fond memories of Mrs. Coleman! Her smile was always so special. Our condolences to all.

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