With great sorrow the Cameron clan announces the sudden passing on Boxing Day of dear, sweet Bea in her home in Salmon Arm. Bea loved Christmas and her last one was especially joyous and memorable spent with family in Salmon Arm. Bea also cherished the many Christmas phone calls from family and friends.
Bea (nee Crouch) was born and raised in Calgary, the first of three children to Arthur and Blanche Crouch. She married the love of her life (Albert) Byam Cameron on June 22, 1940 and they spent 56 wonderful years together until Byams death in 1996. After they married Byam enlisted in the Navy. The following year young Byam was born. Bea and her young son followed her husband to Victoria as and later to Digby Nova Scotia to await the end of the War and Byams’ release from the Navy. Following the war Bea and Byam returned to Calgary. Son number two Alan came in 1946 followed by Bonnie in 1951and Coralie in 1957. Bea and Byam relocated to BC in 1967 residing in Port Coquitlam, Surrey, Abbotsford and back to Port Coquitlam until Byam Sr’s death. Bea lived the last 14 years in Salmon Arm with her daughter Coralie and family.
Bea was predeceased by her parents Arthur and Blanche; brother Percy (Lois); sister Audrey (Jim also deceased). Bea’s beloved son Byam passed in 2006. Bea leaves behind the families of her children Byam (Margaret), their daughters Leigh-Anne (Paul, children Mike and Mitch), Alison (Mike and children Emily and Vincent); Alan (Melissa and children Victor (Heather), Crystal (John), Isabella, Aleksandra and Mackenzie); Bonnie (Paul); and Coralie (Dwayne and children Matt and Jenna). “Auntie Bea” will also be fondly remembered by her nieces Wendy (Randy and son Kevin), Janice (Bob and son Neil), Julie (children Jenny and David) and niece Janette (Terry and son Kyle) and nephew David (son Graham).
Bea had such a zest for life. She was an accomplished artist who loved to draw and paint using watercolours. Bea’s worked was showcased in an exhibition at the Salmon Arm Art Gallery in 2006. She loved summers in the Shuswap sitting outside on her patio and tending her flower garden. She loved company and many folks dropped over for visits regularly. Her shortbread cookies were famous and her recipe passed along countless times. She loved music, reading, watching movies with her family and jigsaw puzzles. She survived ovarian cancer at the age of 70 and was proud to participate in the Canadian Cancer Society Relay for Life survivor walk in Salmon Arm. Bea loved to travel and had many happy memories of several trips to Hawaii. Last March she journeyed to Mexico with her daughter. Bea was also very proud of her children; her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Her home was filled to the brim with photos, drawings and trinkets given to her over the years by family and friends. She was always positive always loyal and always grateful. Bea took nothing for granted and lived each day to the fullest. Her generous spirit, unlimited love and great sense of compassion will be sorely missed by her family members and many friends. Bea will be cherished forever, especially for her constant reminder of “Love you, dear” in every conversation. A memorial service and celebration of life will take place at 1:00 pm on Saturday January 15th at Five Corners Church in Salmon Arm. In lieu of flowers, donations to BC Cancer Agency or BC Transplant Society are welcome.
Arrangements entrusted to FISCHER’S FUNERAL SERVICES & CREMATORIUM LTD., Salmon Arm, (250) 833-1129. EMAIL condolences and share memories at www.fischersfuneralservices.com.