It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Clara Medhurst, 99, of 960 First St. E., Fort Frances, Ont., on Monday, March 19, 2012 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.
Clara was born Feb. 5, 1913 in Roblin, Man. to the late Thomas and Catherine Urbanski. She moved to Fort Frances in 1935.
Clara was united in marriage to William (Bill) James Beck on May 24, 1931. On Nov. 29, 1979, her husband, Bill, passed away. On Nov. 25, 1988, Clara married Hubert Medhurst and has lived in Fort Frances since.
Clara was an extraordinary mother and grandmother. She was always caring for someone she loved. She always said she wanted to be a nurse and it showed. Whenever anyone needed to be nursed back to health, she was there doing it.
She was strong all her life and worked hard; from a young girl working on the fields of the farm to working alongside her husband in the taxi business. She also enjoyed the outdoors; hunting and fishing with Bill.
She did all this while watching over her grandchildren. She always has been there for her family. She was so proud of her grandchildren, and she was happiest when she had all her family around her.
After losing Bill, Clara was lucky enough to meet Hubert Medhurst. They were together always. They enjoyed many hours at the Sister Kennedy Centre playing cards and socializing with friends.
Grandma loved to tell stories. Now we get to tell hers.
She was predeceased by her first husband, William (Bill) James Beck, on Nov 29, 1979; daughter-in-law, Celeste Beck; step-grandson, Jamie Onichuk; two sisters, Ann Bryski and Mary Pelech; and four brothers, Ben, Stanley, Wally, and Frank Urbanski.
Clara is survived by her husband, Hubert Medhurst of Fort Frances, Ont.; one son, Robert (Bob) Beck and wife, Barb, of Fort Frances, Ont.; three grandchildren, Cindy and husband, Greg Allan, Don Beck and wife, Rose, and Debra and husband, Wade Perusse, all of Fort Frances, Ont.; great-grandchildren, Amanda Joel Allan, Celeste Dannielle Perusse, Steven Michel Beck, and Robert Wade Perusse; step-grandchildren, Brandi Caputo and husband, Jon, and Eric Onichuk; step-daughter, Pat Walden, and step-son, Douglas Medhurst and wife, Lois, of Fort Frances, Ont.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral service for family and friends will be held Friday, March 23, 2012 at 2 p.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances, Ont. with Pastor Brian Keffer officiating.
Interment will take place in Holy Cross Cemetery in Fort Frances, Ont..
The pallbearers will be Douglas Medhurst, Greg Allan, Wade Perusse, Steven Beck, Robert Wade Perusse, and Don Beck.
The honourary pallbearers will be family and friends.
Should family and friends so desire, in memoriam donations may be made to the Sister Kennedy Centre c/o Green Funeral Home, P.O. Box 427, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3M8.
Online condolences may be offered at www.greenfuneralhomefortfrances.com