Freda Olive Beer, beloved wife of the late George Beer of Whitewood, passed away June 2, 2014 at the age of 97 years. Freda was born September 12, 1916 at Lloydminster, Alberta to George and Ethel Blyth. She attended Perth School and later Wapella School. Freda married George on January 6, 1973. They lived and worked on the Blyth homestead from 1937 to 1943 when they bought land in the Parkin district south of Whitewood. They built a home and lived there 30 years, 1943 to 1973, operating a mixed farming operation. George and Freda retired to Whitewood in 1973. Freda enjoyed golfing, swimming, playing cards, walking and dancing. She belonged to the Whitewood UCW and Harmony Club and enjoyed many happy events with friends and family.
Freda was predeceased by her husband George in 1994; brother Ernest House; brother-in-law Ivan Knowles; sisters-in-law Laura Blyth, Lois Blyth and Olive House; daughter-in-law Laurel Beer and son-in-law Gary Hayhurst.
Left to mourn Freda’s passing are six children, Irene (Thomas) Nowokowski of Whitewood, Lorne (Dianne) Beer of Regina, Robert (Flo) Beer of Moosomin, Ken (Susan Cooper) Beer of Calgary, Marlene Hayhurst of Whitewood, Barry (Debbie) Beer of Regina; 21 grandchildren, 35 great- grandchildren and 6 great-great-grandchildren; brothers Stan Blyth, Les Blyth and Bill Blyth; sister May Knowles, and numerous nieces and nephews.
The funeral service was held June 9, 2014 at Whitewood United Church with the Rev. Barbara Wilkins officiating. One of Freda’s grandchildren, Sheila Rogers, shared memories on behalf of the family. The organist, Bonnie Velestuk, and the choir led in the hymns Amazing Grace’, Safe in the Arms of Jesus’, and In The Bulb There is a Flower’. All those who touched Freda’s life were considered honorary pallbearers. Interment followed at Sunset Memorial Gardens, Moosomin, with Doug Beer, Christopher Beer, Ken Hayhurst, Darcy Hayhurst, Darwin Nowokowski and Allen Nowokowski acting as pallbearers. Arrangements were entrusted to Matthews Funeral Home, Whitewood.