Bertha Beatrice Longhurst

In loving memory of B. Beatrice (Shire) Longhurst, who left for eternal rest with the Lord January 4, 2013. Bea was predeceased by her father, Robert J.Shire (1949); brother Roy (1978); mother Edith Shire Struble (1981); sister Jean Porter (2011); sisters-in-law Ruth Shire (1993), Eoulyia Samson (1971) and Lillian McLafferty (2010); brothers-in-law John Porter (2001), Don Longhurst (1995) and Elvin (Slim) Longhurst (2004); father-in-law Robert J. Longhurst (1950) and mother-in-law Martha Longhurst (1980). She is survived by her husband James “Bert” Longhurst; son Ron (Dianne); grandson Cory(Jen) and great-granddaughter Anika (Ferris) of Regina; grandson Jeff (Robyn) of Duncan, BC; great- grandson Kieran, great-granddaughter Trista and their mother Bonnie Longhurst of Prince Albert; and brother Bert Shire; and many nieces and nephews. Bea was born on the family farm, near Kelso, SK and went to Greenbank School there. After her schooling she studied at Reliance Business College in Regina. Upon completion of her course of study she went to Ottawa, ON to work as a secretary for the RCMP in the Justice Building. In February 1943 she married a soldier, also from Saskatchewan, Cpl. J.A.(Bert) Longhurst stationed at Camp Borden, ON. In July 1943 Bert was on draft for overseas. In March of 1944 she gave birth to a son (Ron). She was reunited with her husband Bert when he returned from active duty in 1945. Bea and Bert farmed near Kelso for a few years and then moved to Moose Jaw in 1952. Bea worked at several jobs in the community and later was a full-time housewife and homemaker. Bert’s job in the Postal Service led to assignments in Assiniboia, Fox Valley and Watrous where he retired. After retiring they moved back to Moose Jaw and once again made that home. Throughout her life Bea loved to dance with her husband Bert. They danced, they taught dancing and also taught hundreds of great people to love music and dance. A Celebration of Bea’s Life will be held at W. J. Jones & Son Chapel on Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 1:30PM. Della Ferguson will officiate. Royal Canadian Legion Funeral Rites will be conducted at the Chapel by Chuck MacMillan. Memorialization will follow at Sunset Cemetery. Donations to the Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Fund, 268 High St. W. Moose Jaw, S6H 1S8 would be appreciated. In living memory of Bea, a memorial planting will be made by W. J. Jones & Son Funeral Home. Please sign the memorial register book at website: (Obituaries).  693-4644

Gerry Mitchell – Funeral Director