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BezanPearl Elizabeth Bezan  (nee Schenkle)

1928-2014

 On Wednesday January 29th, 2014 at Boundary Trails Hospital, Pearl Bezan, aged 85 years, passed away with her family at her side.

She is survived by her children, Veronica (Doug) Frost of Morden, Ron (Nancy) Bezan of Roland, and Wayne Bezan of Miami….by her grandchildren Kim (James) Wall of Winkler, Michelle Frost of Vancouver, Jeremy Bezan of Miami, Rhiannon Bezan of Winnipeg, Cori Bezan of Winkler, and Matthew Bezan of Roland…. and by her great grandchildren Cody, and Brad Wall of Winkler. She was predeceased by her parents, 9 brothers and sisters, and grandson Trevor.

Pearl was born in Chepstow, Ontario on December 4th, 1928. Her youth and schooling years occurred there. On August 13th, 1949, she wed Theodore (Ted) Bezan. They grew their life together in Galt and Ayr Ontario. It was during the years of 1954 to 1960 that the children were born. In 1965, Pearl, Ted and the family moved to Winnipeg, then to Miami in 1969. Her work history had her employed with Greb Shoes in Ontario, Canadian Linen Supply in Winnipeg, and Gemini Fashions in Miami. After “retirement”, she kept busy by cleaning the United Church in Miami and also the Collingwood Seniors Home, also in Miami. She continued doing that until her health prevented such work. Pearl endured a lung operation back in the late 80’s, suffered broken hips more recently and suffered with dementia. These health issues caused her to give up living in her house in Miami, and she took up brief residence in Notre Dame, MB., then more recently in the Pembina Manitou Health Center in Manitou, MB.

She enjoyed life as a “social butterfly”. In her earlier years she was an accomplished bowler, and proudly displayed her trophy and certificates. She loved to play bingo with her friends, and travelled from community to community to take part in weekly games. She enjoyed her pets, having had dogs and cats throughout her adult life. The coffee pot was always on at Pearl’s…. she loved to have friends over to visit and talk. And when the friends were not there, she was always sitting with a coffee by her side, knitting one of many afghans or slippers given to her family. Country music was a favorite of hers, but when Days of Our Lives or General Hospital came on TV, all else was put aside! Later on she took an interest in watching NASCAR racing of all things, and enjoyed sharing “race days” with her family. Pearl loved to host suppers, cooking tirelessly to provide meals for her family. And she never let you go home empty handed….. there was always a “care package” for everyone.

Her love of the grandchildren and great grandchildren knew no boundaries. She babysat them in their infancies, she provided guidance in their formidable years, and continued her support of their endeavours in the young adult years. She asked for nothing in return.

The last few years of her life she suffered….. When the pain and suffering became more intense, she needed to go to Boundary Trails Hospital. It was there, in the last couple days of her life, that health really deteriorated and she left this world at 11:51pm on Wednesday January 29th, 2014.

Mother's time on earth came to an end. Mom was the sweetest lady you could ever meet. She did without her whole life just to be sure her children, grandchildren and friends had what they needed. We hope God appreciates and loves his new angel as much as we loved her during her time with us. Rest in Peace Mom. We love you!

Funeral service will be held on Tuesday February 4th, 2014 …11:00am at the Miami Community Hall, Miami MB. Interment will be at the Miami Cemetery immediately following.

The family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to the staff at the Pembina Manitou Health Center, the Notre Dame Hospital and the Boundary Trails Hospital. The family also extends a thank you to all the friends that visited Pearl and made her life that much more enjoyable. She treasured those visits!

In lieu of flowers, donations in Pearl‘s memory may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association.

 

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