Beverly Acheson


1944 – 2009

Acheson (Micielli), Beverly Ann, also known as Bev Acheson, died after a long illness on January 19, 2009 at Oliver Hospital. Her family, daughters Cindy and Shauna, son-in-law Terry, niece JoAnne and her husband Takashi at her side, as she joined her husband Les Acheson at the Lord’s side. Bev was born in Revelstoke, BC on November 7, 1944. She married Les Acheson in Revelstoke on May 17, 1965 and they shared 33 years together before Les died on January 14th, 1998. They lived in Melfort, SK, Castlegar, BC, Grand Forks, BC, and Drumheller, AB before they settled in Osoyoos when they purchased their own Stedmans franchise in the fall of 1978. Bev was an active member of St. Anne’s parish. She taught catechism and was a member of the Catholic Women’s League. She did church linens and participated in many church celebrations throughout the years. Her spaghetti and lasagna were loved by many priests and parishioners throughout the years as well. She enjoyed her coffee dates and could be seen sitting at the bakery with Fr. Walter and Trudy weekly. Sometimes the table would have several other friends including Janet, Anne and Mavis. Bev was well known in Osoyoos, and it was not unusual to see her chatting with someone while out walking in the downtown core. Bev was a wonderful grandmother to her three grandchildren and two step-grandchildren. When they were young, she enjoyed colouring and playing with them on the living room floor. As they grew she spent time with them at concerts, movies, shopping malls and lunch dates. She was proud to tell her friends about their accomplishments and always had pictures to show her friends at a moment’s notice. Bev loved to create flower arrangements, bake, read and garden. In her early years she canned fruit, made pickles and her peach or raspberry crisps were a nightly dessert when the fruit was ripe for picking. Bev enjoyed a few holidays with her husband Les to the Sunshine Coast, Las Vegas, Reno and Hawaii, but she usually stayed close to home. She loved the Broadway production of “Phantom of the Opera” and had seen it several times. She enjoyed music and listened to several CDs on a regular basis, including David Bowie, Il Divo, John Mayer, the Beatles and the Bee Gees. She loved her dogs Clover, Freckles and Chelsea (all Springer Spaniels). Bev was preceded by her parents, Guy and Jenny Micielli, her sister Virginia and her husband Les. Bev is survived by her daughters Cindy (Tom) Mairs of Calgary, AB, Shauna (Terry) Powers of Osoyoos, BC, sister Jackie (Stan) Crowell of Sechelt, BC, brother Dennis Micielli of Vernon, BC, grandchildren Alexander and Sarah Mairs of Calgary, AB, Helen Powers of Osoyoos, BC and step-grandchildren Lance and Ryan Powers of Osoyoos, BC and several nieces and nephews, and grand-nieces and nephews who were all important people in Bev’s life. Bev will be missed by all, and is loved by many, but we continue to live knowing she is no longer in pain, and we can celebrate her life knowing she is together again with her husband, her parents and all her friends who had passed before her. Bev’s family would like to thank Dr. Tarr, Dr. Arif, Dr. Caskey, Dr. Marschall and all the staff at the Penticton and Oliver hospitals! A special thank you to Lorraine Hartson of Castlegar, BC for her lifetime of friendship and recent support while Bev was in hospital for her final weeks, we were lucky to have you with us during this time. Also a special thank you to Bev’s palliative nurse Delores, who became a very special friend during Bev’s final months, you went above and beyond your nursing duties! Thank you Fr. Rex and Fr. Walter for performing a lovely service! Thank you to Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Services and Crematorium for dealing with all the details. Daryn and John… you have a hard job and we THANK YOU! Donations can be made on Bev’s behalf to the Desert Valley Hospice Society, P.O. Box 1261, Oliver, BC. V0H 1T0 or the BC Cancer Society.

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