After high-school, Bev received a bursary from the University of Toronto. She decided to enroll in the Home Economics program and graduated four years later. She then was granted a scholarship and earned a Master's degree.
After graduation, Bev married Cliff, a reunion that would last 55 years. She was a stay-at-home mom until the children were of school age, when she decided to become a teacher. She was hired to teach home economics at a high school in Hamilton. Although the first years were tough, she was inspired by the students she taught. Bev later moved to a school in Burlington, where she would become a department head, and evolve the home economics program into family studies. She went on to be a consultant for the Halton board of education.
After retirement, she and Cliff travelled, visited the grandchildren, and became Florida snowbirds, where they enjoyed winter warmth and an active social life.
In her later years, Bev was a resident of Castle Peak Retirement Home. Many thanks to the staff for their care, support, and kindness.
Cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
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Published by Muskoka Region News on Feb. 15, 2022.
Norma passed away at Peterborough Regional Health Centre on Tuesday, December 7, 2021. She was born April 28, 1935 in Ohio, to Stafford and Alice Adams. Loving wife of the late Bill (Charlie) McAllister (2018). She is survived by her brother Donald (Evelyn) and was predeceased by her sister Dorothy (Bert). Norma is fondly remembered by her nieces and nephews Debbie (Rich), Kathy (Al), Carol (Rick) and Brian (Linda). Also remembered by her stepchildren Bill Jr. (Kathy), Kim (Doug) and David; step-grandchildren Aaron, Stephen, Bill Jr. Jr., Cameron and Nicole, and several step-great-grandchildren. Special thanks to Norma's dear friends and caregivers, Michelle and Butch Weir. Norma was a Family Studies teacher for more than 30 years, an avid golfer and an accomplished seamstress; she will be greatly missed by Norma's Golfing Angels, her sewing buddies, and her neighbours on Denne Lane. Friends and relatives are invited to call at THE HENDREN FUNERAL HOMES, LAKEFIELD CHAPEL, 66 Queen Street, Lakefield, on Sunday, December 12, 2021 from 2:00-5:00 p.m. (face masks required). A funeral service will be held at Bridgenorth United Church, 832 Charles Street, Bridgenorth, on Monday, December 13, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. (proof of vaccination required). If you are unable to attend, you may view the funeral service by visiting www.hendrenfuneralhome.com Interment Bridgenorth Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, donations may be made to Compassion Canada by contacting the funeral home at hendrenfuneralhome.com or by calling 705-652-3355.
Published by The Peterborough Examiner on Dec. 11, 2021.
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She studied household economics at the MacDonald Institute in Guelph and Household Science at the University of Toronto and subsequently worked as a dietician in Depression-struggling Toronto. In 1939, she married Bob and they raised their family of three boys in Guelph, the UK and Toronto. In 1968, they moved to Vancouver for 9 years before returning to Toronto in 1977. She quickly adapted to the challenges and opportunities following their move to the UK and later to Vancouver. She and Bob shared an interest in classical music, attending summer concerts by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra with the family and singing in their church choirs. They also enjoyed traveling, including trips to Europe, Australia and Japan. Helen enjoyed sewing and was a very skilled seamstress. One Christmas she made formal leather gloves for Bob and the boys. Her faith and family were central throughout her life. She treasured family gatherings at the summer cottage on Lake Joseph as well as opportunities to host several of her grandchildren in their Toronto home. Her quiet cheerfulness and grace were hallmarks of her character. Helen is survived by her three sons: James (Martha); Peter (Julia Turner); and Douglas (Anne). She had seven grandchildren: Linda Dowling (Mark); Alex (Samantha); Matthew (Sandy Georgette Aquilera); Luke (Mika Kosaki Oldham); Timothy (Lurene Bates); and Andrew (Lorraine Kwan) and Dr. Robyn Oldham. She was also the beloved great-grandmother of Paris Dowling; Nicholas, Brooke, and Sydney Oldham; Kalina and Theresa Oldham; David Oldham; Eva Oldham; and Jacob and Hannah Oldham. Memorial donations would be gratefully accepted by The Scott Mission in Toronto and Doctors Without Borders. Helen was a longtime supporter of those organizations. Due to current restrictions, we must look forward to a memorial service at a future date with her friends and relatives. Condolences for the family may be offered at : www.EganFuneralHome.com
Published by Toronto Star on Jan. 29, 2022. View Helen's obituary here.
The Ontario Home Economics Association, a self-regulating body of professional Home Economists, promotes high professional standards among its members so that they may assist families and individuals to achieve and maintain a desirable quality of life.