Lorraine Ethel Beatty (nee McCrea) passed away at the age of 88 in Crysler, ON, December 21, 2017. Lorraine was born to William and Evangeline McCrea on April 6, 1929 in Baldwinton, SK.
Lorraine grew up on a farm in the Baldwinton area. After graduating Grade XII, she attended Teacher’s College in Saskatoon and taught at the Robinson School in the Manor area. She married Clifford Beatty in 1952 and raised three sons in Manor. She worked for many years as a waitress in the Duck Inn Café. In 1969 Cliff and Lorraine bought the Red & White Store in Manor. A company travel plan allowed them to travel to Hawaii, Acapulco, Las Vegas,Florida, the Caribbean and San Diego.Lorraine and Cliff also visited Europewhere she was very happy to dip her toes in the Danube River and see a Lipizzaner stallion in Vienna. She also made trips to Ireland to visit relatives – on one visit she even kissed the Blarney Stone.They had a successful business until they sold the store in 1986. Lorraine was very involved in community activities, sitting on Town Council and was active in the Ladies Auxiliary, Knox United Church, the Manor museum and the Regional food bank.
Lorraine enjoyed the companionship of her family and friends and a good game of cards. She had a sharp wit and would always try to find the best in people although she did have a bit of an Irish temper and was never reluctant to say how she really felt. She was extremely proud of her three boys who all joined the Canadian Forces and served across Canada and on several international operations accumulating more than 100 years of total service.
Lorraine was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years. Cliff Beatty of Manor, SK in 2005.She is survived by her sons Master Warrant Officer (retd) Douglas Beatty (Katherine) Kemptville, ON , Lieutenant-Colonel (retd) Warren Beatty (Catherine) Port Alice, BC and Master Warrant Officer (retd) Kimberly Beatty (Caterina) Crylser, ON, six grandchildren,seven great grandchildren, her sister Victoria, brother Ted and many nieces and nephews.
We honour our mother’s wishes in having no funeral and know that she is loved and will be forever in our hearts. Lorraine was cremated in Ottawa on Dec 28 2017. Her ashes will be reunited with Cliff’s at a graveside service at the Manor Cemetery on June 9, 2017.
In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to a charity of your choice that will improve the lives of others.
She is Gone
You can shed tears that she is gone
Or you can smile because she has lived
You can close your eyes and pray that she will come back
Or you can open your eyes and see all that she has left
Your heart can be empty because you can't see her
Or you can be full of the love that you shared
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday
Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday
You can remember her and only that she is gone
Or you can cherish her memory and let it live on
You can cry and close your mind,
be empty and turn your back
Or you can do what she would want:
smile, open your eyes, love and go on.