Ruby McBeth: Christmas letters and reconnecting with friends

Merry Christmas to each of you reading this column. Thank you for your encouragement this year.

Christmas letters

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Each year I hear from friends around Christmas time. Don and Maxine Perry told that they had used the at-home time to write a book called Perrydise Found, the “first” 50 years (they call their off-the-grid home ‘Perrydise’).

Ed and Cindy Goertzen got away just before New Year’s to visit relatives down south. Basil and Connie McBeth had an interesting trip to Australia in February for a wedding. They left there as the Canadian government was telling Canadians to come home.

Pat Smith says her husband Mike has “taken on many jobs at the Ladysmith golf course.” She says: “In July our kids organized a family reunion in Chemainus.”

Greg and Leslie Lindsey, former Fort St. John teachers, who live at Courtenay are missing person-to-person time with their grandchildren, but see them on Zoom often. David Thomas recently completed a family history. He and Lenore were able to see their grandchildren in the summer.


The North Peace has lost two old timers recently: Gordon Cox and Mae Becker. Gordon and his wife operated a motel in Fort St. John for many years and then moved south to retire. They returned to Fort St. John this past year and Gordon celebrated his 90th birthday in the summer. Mae Becker (nee Armstrong) was born in the Peace area and lived here all her life. I offer my condolences to their families.

Quote of the week

“When you only allow things that truly matter to make their way into our life, you save precious time and energy.” - Ashlee Piper

Ruby McBeth is a community columnist and lives in Fort St. John. 

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