Ruby McBeth: A Valentine's Day love story

The best love story I heard was at a WI meeting many years ago. We were asked to tell how we met our husband.

Marjo Wheat (her name was Kwok then) told about her first date with her husband Jim. They were at a gathering and Jim asked, “If I were to ask you out would you go out with me?” Marjo said, “Yes.” A year later, Jim asked her out! Marjo and Jim went on to have a happy marriage. Such a sweet story about the beginning of a lovely romance. Jim died this past August after a long battle with cancer.

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Volunteer Extraordinaire

After chair yoga at the senior’s hall last week, I sat down for coffee next to Gail Weber. Gail said that she was going to be very busy during the BC Winter Games. She went on to say that her most memorable (and best) experience with volunteering was when she worked for the Olympics in Vancouver in 2010 – for 23 days.

I was intrigued so I phoned her and asked what she did at the Olympics. It turns out she was chief administration officer for figure skating. She had previously been chairman of the board for skate Canada for BC for 10 years. Gail told me that she started volunteering when she children were in figure skating. She has helped locally at games in 1984,1994, and 2000.

Like other seniors with vast experience in volunteering, Gail is willing to use her retirement for the betterment of others. And by the way at the upcoming games Gail is the chair for figure skating.

Posing at the 50th anniversary of the Thursday afternoon Ladies Bridge Club group. Back: Helen Smith, Muriel Glen, Lorraine McLeod, Denise Sattale, Ev Tilton. Front row: Phyliss Warawa, Alice Smith, Billie Friend, Alene Peck. - Ruby McBeth

Bridge Club

The Seniors Bridge Club was started in 1943. As well as enjoying a great game of bridge, these ladies served lunch to their husbands and charged them 25 cents. Right from the beginning, there have been eight players and a spare. The charter members were Barbara Ambrose, Vera Bowes, Della Cuthill, Ella Roache, Betty Herron, Agnes Pomeroy, Frances Sandy, Annie Dones, and Jessie Maclean.

This was then donated to the Red Cross. After the war, the ladies donated money for scholarships and other worthy causes. One of our players has belonged to the club since 1979. We meet every Thursday afternoon, and welcome new players.


This past fall, two principals who served at North Peace Senior Secondary passed away: Rob Clayton and Jim Norris. We also lost Marlene Scriver before Christmas. She had worked at Baldonnel School when our daughters attended there. Barry Sones who taught agriculture when he first came north passed away at the end of December. Barry did not leave the Peace area but settled in Cecil Lake with his wife Barbara and son. Each of these educators made a contribution to children in the North Peace. Our condolences to all of the families.


Clara Corley was up from Salmon Arm visiting her son, grandchildren and great grandchildren in January. Clara was a long-time member of the Senior Citizens Association. Although she hadn’t played floor curling for a while, she got back on track quickly.

Jean von Hollen has a ¾ ShiTzu and ¼ Yorkie called B.B. Jean’s granddaughter Julie captured “Snow day for BB!” Julie says: “She loves to run around outside and then when she comes in, she’ll cuddle with Jean to warm her toes up.”

An adorable pet

Jean von Hollen has a ¾ Shi Tzu and ¼ Yorkie called B.B. Jean’s granddaughter Julie captured “Snow day for BB!” Julie says, “She loves to run around outside and then when she comes in, she’ll cuddle with Jean to warm her toes up.”

Quote of the week

Mark Twain said, “Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”

This saying appears at the beginning of a book called Bolder: Making the Most of Our Longer Lives by Carl Honore. When I read the review of this book in the retired teachers magazine, I requested it for a belated Christmas present from my daughter Joyce. I am looking forward to reading it.

Did you know?

There is a seniors’ advocate in British Columbia. Isobel Mackenzie talks to the government to keep them in touch with seniors problems. Their website has information on health care, housing, income supports, personal supports, and transportation. I looked under “health care” and under frequently asked questions saw an entry: “How do I replace a lost CareCard?” Sounds like a practical website.

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