After high school, Beverley went to Queen’s University where she graduated in 1963 with a BA in English and Psychology. Married in 1964, she taught grades three and four before her children Alexandra and Brynley were born. She would return to teaching years later in Vancouver, where she taught adults English as a second language. One of the satisfactions she found in teaching, especially adults, was seeing people begin to really understand what they were learning. She fondly remembers a student in her ESL class leaping out of his chair, saying, “I got it! You explained that in a way that I really got it.” (She had been teaching this student about the dreaded ‘double negative’.)
In 1983 Beverley met John Thrasher, her beloved partner and husband for the rest of her life. John’s work as a pipeline engineer took him, Beverley and Brynley to Vancouver in 1987. Beverley always appreciated the opportunity to live in that beautiful city. She and John traveled often to the scenic and peaceful Southern Gulf Islands in the Salish Sea between British Columbia’s mainland and Vancouver Island. They even came to own a home on Pender Island, where, from the back deck, they could sometimes glimpse a pod of Orcas swimming past.
In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Beverley embraced and took great pleasure in the world travel she and John were able to do, again because of John’s work. They spent months at a time in Brazil, Venezuela, Boliva, and Abu Dhabi. She loved meeting the people in these varied places and learning about their cultures. She was particularly proud of learning Spanish before and during their trips. (Portuguese, not so much. She never got the hang of that language, she said.)
In 1999, Beverley and John moved away from BC, back to John’s childhood home of Stratford. One of the greatest joys in her life was becoming a part of the Restorative Tai Chi community here. She began taking classes in 2007 after a debilitating stroke, and found the practice to be such a welcome physical and mental balm to her. The teachers in that community were so caring and helpful to her, and the friends she met became very close to her heart. She especially enjoyed the Tai Chi health recovery weeks near Orangeville.
In addition to being a loving mother to her two children, Beverley was grateful to John for sharing his three children with her: Chris, Adam and Allison, and also grandchildren, Stephie and Freya, and Mackenzie and Parker. She was always very close to her two brothers, and was so pleased when her cousin Marjory, and husband Ron, recently moved to the Stratford area.
Beverley will be remembered for so many of her wonderful attributes, particularly her passion for books and reading, and her exquisite kindness, which shone through in everything she did.
Family and friends are invited to a celebration of Beverleys life on Monday, October 16, 2017 from 2-4 p.m. at the W. G. Young Funeral Home RECEPTION CENTRE, 430 Huron Street, Stratford. In lieu of flowers and as expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to Fung Loy Kok Taoist Tai Chi-Stratford or Sakura House through the funeral home. 519.271.7411 www.wgyoungfuneralhome.com
Celebration of Life
Monday, October 16, 2017
from 2-4 p.m.
W.G. Young Funeral Home RECEPTION CENTRE
Fung Loy Kok Taoist Tai Chi-Stratford
Sakura House (Woodstock)