Beryl “Bell” May Morrison (nee Taylor (nee Arnold)

Beryl “Bell” May Morrison (nee Taylor (nee Arnold) passed away the morning of April 05, 2016 after an eight month battle with Cancer.

Beryl was lovingly looked after at home by her husband Robert and Victoria Hospice staff. In her last hours she was surrounded by her children and husband. Beryl was 78 years old.

Beryl was born in Beckenham Kent England to John Guy & Kathleen Arnold (nee Moody) the family lived in London during the Blitz before being evacuated to Sommerset.

Beryl married in 1955 to Richard Taylor and by the age of 28 she had 4 children, a plane ticket and immigration papers for Canada, where the young family settled in Calgary Alberta.  Her 5th child was born a Canadian and Beryl herself became a citizen in 1991.

Beryl remarried in 1979 to Robert Brent Morrison they relocated themselves to Victoria BC in 1999 where many hours were spent at Esquimalt Lagoon being mesmerized by the ocean.

Beryl was strong willed, well organized, she loved all kinds of music (Barbra Streisand her favorite singer), sang soprano in the church choir, ferocious reader, poetry moved her soul, had unusual superstitions’ (do not put new shoes on the bed), spectacular cook (made a mean leg of lamb), Admired with great fervour the Royal Family, a fashionista with a love for a well made genuine leather handbag.

Beryl was preceded in death by her parents, Guy Arnold, Kathleen Smith (nee Arnold) & Mark Smith, brother in law Brian Ackhurst, and her beloved dog Emma.

Beryl is survived by her husband Robert of 37 years, her spirit carried on by her 5 children, 3 daughters Susan(David), Deborah(Michael), Kimberley(Cam), 2 sons Stephen (Eve), Warwick (Kim) and her 3 stepdaughters Barbra(Chad), Colleen(Steve), Donna(Robert), 15 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren all of Western Canada . Her three surviving siblings’, sister Anita & 2 brothers Ian and David along with their extended families of Sussex England.

As per Beryl’s request a private family celebration will be held in Victoria. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to Hospice.

For Nothing Loved is Ever Lost and she was Loved so Much

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  1. Maria Mayhew :

    Such a lovely script for a lovely Auntie, you will be sadly missed by us all. Even though you was many miles away from us, you always kept in contact and made the many miles apart seem so near to us all, love and Godnight love Maria, Carl, Daniel, Eve, Luke, Rachel & Aaliyah and the rest of your UK family xx x

  2. Beryl is much loved and will be greatly missed by myself. Sending all my love and prayers to my Canadian family.

    God bless. R.I.P. Ian xxx

  3. Offering my deepest condolences and sending my love. XO

  4. God bless to my lovely auntie Beryl. I wish so much that you hadn’t lived so far away. I missed having you around but have very fond memories of you taking myself and Kimberly to London for the day when we were young and you had come back to visit. You were and always will be in my heart. God bless auntie love you lots Donna, Callum and kai xxx

  5. Donna Ashley :

    Because of you Beryl, I learned about lavender, I loved a dog named Lady, learned to eat properly with a knife and fork, learned to say please and thank you and excuse me instead of “Hey you!”; because of you, I met some decent people like your daughter Susan who is such a good sewer and baker and her husband David with the cool accent who is a talented carpenter. Because of you, I learned to stand up for myself. I swam in the ocean on a holiday and Debbie and I pretended we were being chased by sharks (Jaws movie was out); and because of you, I met your son Stephen who encouraged me to write stories (and told me not to swear so much-it was good advice). I have good memories of roast beef dinners and playing tag at the park, and listening to Barbara Streisand. Your strength helped me learn to have a thicker skin. When faced with challenges I’d think, “What would Beryl do?” I learned to laugh at myself instead of taking myself so seriously. I have many good memories that I will cherish. Because of you, I got a bible and learned about God. You were a classy lady and the one thing I really admired was when you made a mistake, you admitted it and apologized. I remember and it was healing. God Bless Beryl. You are in heaven now with Jesus and the angels.

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