Lillian Elizabeth (Beth) Brown (nee Wing)
1935 - 2021
Beth passed away peacefully at her home in Parksville, B.C., on February 26, 2021 with her much beloved daughter, Susan, at her bedside. She is survived by her three children, Jane of Parry Sound (Howard Orr), Susan of Brampton, and Rob of Brampton, and 2 Grandchildren, Mackenzie (Toronto) and Mathew (Brampton), sister, Lois (Deedy) Spargo (Toronto).
Beth’s life took her from living on Western Island Lighthouse in Georgian Bay, Ontario to Parksville British Columbia. Her parents Arnold and Lillian Wing were the Lighthouse keepers and Beth was schooled through to grade six by Government Correspondent lessons during the spring and fall months. In winter, the family moved to Parry Sound and Beth was schooled there until it was time to return for Lighthouse duties. After graduating from high school, she entered nurses training at Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital in Orillia. She married Russell Dwinnell in the late 50’s and they moved to Sault Ste. Marie, where Rusty worked as an electrician and Beth worked as a nurse. Their daughter, Jane was born there.
In the early 1960’s, Beth and family moved to Pointe au Baril to help manage the family tourist business. Susan and Rob were born there. When the marriage ended in the late 1970’s, Beth moved to Parry Sound and was hired as Director of Nursing at Belvedere Heights. There, she met and married Alvin and eventually, moved to Parksville. Beth continued her nursing career until her retirement.
Beth was an avid reader and a master at crossword puzzles. She dabbled at golf and bridge, mainly to be with her friends, but her main hobby was cooking and entertaining. Their Christmas parties were legend! Their door was always open and welcoming to family and friends. Beth and Alvin made very close friends in Parksville, and these friends supported Beth when Alvin died in 2013 and they have continued to support Susan while she cared for her mom over the past 5 months. The family will always be grateful for the love and support this group has so lovingly provided. Because of COVID, there will be no celebration at this time. Interment will take place at Hillcrest Cemetery in the spring. If you wish, please make a donation to the charity of your choice.
I am sorry to hear of Beth's death. My condolences to her family. Harold and I enjoyed her friendship and had a great time at the Christmas parties with her and Rusty when we lived in Pointe Au Baril.-Elsie Gardner
Dear Lois and members of the Wing Family.
I was sorry to read of Beth's passing. One by One we are losing our High School Mates. My thoughts are with you at this time.
Lois my deepest sympathy to you on the lost of Beth I remember all the good times we had growing up Please give my sincere Sympathy to her family for me-Diane Gentles Osiowy
Dear Lois and family: I am so sorry to hear about Beth. My family and yours have known each other all our lives. My sister June passed away in Apr. 2019 in Victoria, Take good care of yourselves..-Gail Zimmer Payne
Dear Lois and family: My sincerest condolences to you and your family. I was saddened to hear Beth has passed. I remember when you came to Pointe au Baril and how excited we were to have new friends. My thoughts are with you at this sad time.-Mona Longlade Collier