Mazie Ann Beeds passed away on Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, at Trinity Hospice in Kamloops.
She was 76 and born in Big River, Sask., the daughter of Sid and Mary (Davidenko) Beeds. Mazie left Big River in 1954 when her family relocated to Clinton, B.C. She graduated from David Stoddart High School in Clinton in 1956. She worked as a waitress from the time she was 16 and after graduation travelled working through B.C., the Arctic, and in Edmonton where she met her husband Dale MacLeod. They were married in Clinton in 1963. The couple had two children, lived in Clinton and Vancouver, and were divorced in 1973.
Mazie obtained a certificate at the Victoria Vocational Institute and began working at the bank in Clinton in the mid-1970s. She was to work her way from teller to assistant manager, and she and her children lived throughout British Columbia, into the Yukon, Alberta, and the Northwest Territories. It was while living in Yellowknife, Mazie began her career as an auditor for the NWT’s WCB. While an auditor for WCB, Mazie travelled throughout the western and eastern Arctic, and into many regions of Canada from B.C. to Quebec and into the US. Mazie left the Arctic to return to the interior of B.C. in 1998. Semi-retired she moved to Kamloops and worked part-time and then full-time with Stantec in administration. She retired from Stantec in 2008.
Mazie was a member of the Canadian Legion and actively involved in the Métis Nation—always volunteering when needed and taking a hands-on approach to mentoring and educating especially the Métis youth. Mazie had a passion for reading and bluegrass and country and western music, and it was imperative to her that her friends and family understood that she did not fight cancer but rather that she lived with it. She passed away as she lived—with grace.
She is survived by her children: Heather MacLeod and Kevin MacLeod both of Kamloops; as well as her dear and steadfast sister Joan Wright of Salmon Arm; her sister Joyce Munro of Clinton; her brother James Beeds and his wife Carolyn of Kamloops, and 13 nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by both of her parents, her second husband, Fred Nelson and recently by her lovely niece Shannon Sharp.
Her children wish to thank Trinity Hospice for their graciousness and their support, Royal Inland Hospital especially the ER for their thoughtful and respectful attention, Dr. Alexandria Gabriel for her committed care, and especially Dr. Servaas Swart for his dedication as a physician.
A funeral will be held on Saturday, Feb. 16, 1 p.m. at St. Paul’s Anglican Cathedral 360 Nicola Street, Reverend Ken Gray officiating. Funeral and sympathy flowers may be sent to St. Paul’s.