December 6, 1926 – January 9, 2023
Florence Eveyln Eileen Beharrell (nee Hodge) was born in Fielding, Saskatchewan on December 6, 1926, and passed on January 9, 2023, in Kamloops, B.C. She was the eldest child of Fred and Irene Hodge having five sisters and one brother.
Growing up she helped with the thrashing, farming, and raising the children.
Florence was very musical and competed in a singing competition on the radio as a teenager. She loved to play her handmade guitar which a neighbor constructed using thrashing machine remnants.
Florence later took piano lessons and learned to play her OmniChord. She was often heard to be humming while doing daily chores and she also loved to yodel.
Florence moved to Matsqui, B.C. at the age of 18 to pick strawberries and help her uncle run a general store; and she worked at the dry cleaners in Mission. She married Howard Trueman Beharrell on November 1, 1947. They rented and operated a dairy farm from Howard’s dad.
Looking for new beginnings they moved to the beautiful North Thompson Valley on May 9, 1951 where they purchased a farm in Darfield, B.C. They brought one daughter with them and had two sons and another daughter following.
Charleen married Bernard Proznick (Shawn and Tricia), Kenneth (Dannielle and Westly) partner Pam Simpson, Karen married Jim Irving (Daraleigh and Amber), Gary married Annelisa Kamper (Christan and Justan). There are many great and great-great grandchildren.
Florence was stubborn, determined, busy, a helper and family oriented. She is described as being kind to everyone, and very involved with family and community. She was very focused on tasks that needed to be accomplished for the day.
Florence was very active within the Darfield and North Thompson Valley community with church, square dancing, 4-H sewing club leader, the Darfield Acting Guild, a Sunday School teacher, and a great gardener; also helping with community events including the North Thompson Fall Fair.
Her garden was her pride and joy and ensured that her family and neighboring community were well fed. Everyone in the valley talked about Florence’s garden.
She was a long-term postmaster in Darfield until she retired in 2009.
In 2008, Florence stated, “I wouldn’t live anywhere but Darfield. I’ll just move from here across the way to the cemetery.” And that is exactly what she will do.
Please join us for the burial that will be held Wednesday January 18, 1:00 p.m. at the Darfield cemetery; followed by a celebration of life service at Pentecostal Christian Life, 4818 Amnesty Road in Barriere @ 2:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served following.
Donations may be made to Overlander Extended Care Facility, Kamloops where Florence spent her last eight years; the Alzheimer Society; or your place of choice.
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