Florence Beharrell

Florence Beharrell

Walk For Memories dedicated to Darfield’s Florence Beharrell

2014 Investors Group Walk for Memories in support of the Alzheimer Society of B.C. will be on Sunday, Jan. 26 in Barriere

In Barriere, the 2014 Investors Group Walk for Memories in support of the Alzheimer Society of B.C. will be on Sunday, Jan. 26.  Registration will be at the Senior’s Hall with the doors opening at 10 a.m.  There will be a short warm-up, with the walk starting at 11 a.m.

There will be both a short route and a long route, so that all can participate.  Those unable to do the walk are still invited to join in the fun and come with their friends for the lunch and door prizes.

There will also be three fantastic items raffled off at the event, so be sure to bring a few toonies to purchase raffle tickets.

Every year, the Alzheimer Society of B.C. chooses a local individual or family that has been touched by this disease to be especially honoured in each community’s Walk.  This year’s Investors Group Walk for Memories is dedicated to Florence Beharrell.

Florence was born on Dec. 6, 1926, in Speers, Saskatchewan, and was the eldest of seven children.  The family grew up on a wheat farm, and Florence helped with feeding the threshing crew during harvest.  She married Howard on Nov. 1, 1947, and they established themselves on Howard’s family’s dairy farm in Matsqui, B.C.

They moved to Darfield, B.C., on May 9, 1951, with their daughter Charleen.  Her other children, Kenneth, Karen and Gary, were born in Kamloops, B.C.

The family all worked together harvesting crops and raising cattle on their farm.

Florence and Howard were avid square dancers and travelled to many Jamborees.  Community involvement was important to Florence,  and she was actively involved in her community and the local 4-H club.  She is a lifetime member of the North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo Association, and is active with the Darfield Community Club.  She was the postmistress for Darfield from 1968-2009.

Florence is now in the early stages of dementia.  Her family says they have benefited from the Alzheimer Society of B.C. with the availability of information of what to expect as the disease progresses.  They say the disease has not stopped Florence from enjoying the things she loves, like playing music, baking and working in the garden.

For more information about this year’s Walk, contact Liz Gilbertson at 250-672-9337.