Obituary of Beverly Irene Hastie
Beverly Irene Ann Rae was born on March 3, 1930, in the home of her parents, Roy and Pearl Rae at Benson, Saskatchewan. Her name was given her because of a character in a book her mother loved, Beverly of Graustark. The character in that book was a princess and Beverly took that to heart to live as a princess the rest of her life.
She was raised on the farm as an only child. Because of this she had many chores including helping her mother with duties around the house. She was smart and because she was an only child she sought to expand her family with pets. She had a real fondness for cats and was given to dressing up her kittens with clothes she had taken off the dolls her mother had given her.
She loved her animals and she loved people, she was oh so smart and made friends easily. She excelled in school and her mother and father saw to it that she received a well rounded upbringing which included music, art and Latin. It was in her studies and mastery of music that she discovered her amazing gift and love for singing and it was her study of Latin that would serve her well in her studies in nursing.
Her mother was one of the first 400 nurses in the Holy Cross hospital in Calgary. Beverly adored her mother and would follow in her footsteps, training as a nurse at the Regina General Hospital.
She was called to be a nurse but her hearts desire was to use those skills on the mission field as a witness for Jesus whose life, death on the cross, and resurrection she had accepted as a redemption of her sins when she was nine years old.
This desire turned out to be a good thing for two reasons both of which would change the course of her life forever. She completed her training as a nurse in 1951 and during her time in Regina she met the love of her life David Grant Asbel Hastie. They would spend the next 65 years as man and wife. It was also in Regina that God called Grant to the ministry. Grant and Bev were married on December 29th, 1951 and Bev devoted the rest of her life to these things; her husband, family, ministry and using her nursing to care for the sick in hospitals in small towns and large cities across much of Western Canada.
Their first church was located in the Turtle Mountains of Manitoba and because the conditions were, shall we say less than ideal, and because heating in the parsonage was pretty spotty they soon had a start on their family. Doug came along on November 26, 1952, David followed on November 29th, 1954 and Darlice arrived on November 17th, 1957 (I guess they were Valentine babies). Deanie followed a bit later, coming along on July 16, 1962.
While the kids kept coming and Grant was busy with his pastoral responsibilities as well, she faithfully ministered along side him with the following congregations;
- Turtle Mountain, Manitoba
- Grande Prairie, Alberta
- Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan
- Barrhead, Alberta
- Abbotsford, British Columbia
- Wimborne, Alberta
- Lamont, Alberta
- Mirror, Alberta
- Irma, Alberta
You wouldn’t know it to look at them but Bev and Grant were early adopters in the use of the latest technology preaching and singing on the radio across the west. They had a heart for children and all through her years of ministry she and Grant committed to work with various camps and were instrumental in helping set up Camp Nakaman. As well, they established and ran a variety of youth groups, Boys Brigades and Pioneer Girls clubs.
Bev and Grant spent a year in Japan working for JAL as missionaries and house parents to missionary children from around the world. Bev was gracious and poised as often Grant would “volunteer” her to speak to various groups they visited while in Japan, most of the time forgetting to tell her that she would be speaking. The two of them also spent time in Hawaii on several occasions with Youth for Christ working as volunteers in the building of the Christian University.
Bev always took a keen interest in the care and shepherding of the ladies and children in the various churches they led. It was hard work but she found her nursing gave her an instant place in every community they served. Many times the hospitals she worked at begged her to lead their nursing teams and she could have risen to significant heights in her profession but Bev always put her commitment to Grant and their ministry first and as such would never put down deep roots or take roles in a hospital that would make it difficult to move to the next pastorate.
Bev and Grant joined Harvest Hills Alliance church when they retired and were responsible for starting up the senior’s group and the library.
Of course it wasn’t all work. Bev enjoyed her time in the library and participated as part of the regular global prayer group. She never lost her love and joy in working with children and often was the driving force behind various musicals in church and in family settings as well.
During the summers Grant and Bev helped run the camp ground at TL Bar Ranch. During their stay at the ranch they made many lifelong friends with the campers who came there.
Faithful to her calling and her passion for people Bev was a natural gate keeper at times leading people into a saving relationship with Jesus Christ as they faced terminal illnesses. I know there were will be a line up in glory of exactly those people who were snatched from the pit at the last minute due to this loving and steadfast witness of this servant.
Bev finished the race well on Wednesday, December 19th, 2018. Her journeys end was a blessing as even though she had fallen and had a heart attack that morning, she was alert enough to see each of her children and many grandchildren, hear how much they loved her and tell them how much she loved them. She laughed with us, cried with us and left us at 11:50, just ten minutes before midnight. She will always be in our hearts and we know she is now in Jesus arms.
Cameron Hastie (brother-in-law) May 25, 2013
Tim Lynch (son-in-law) October 12, 2014
Murray Grinton (brother-in-law) March 30, 2017
David Grant Hastie (husband) May 3, 2017
Lovingly Remembered by:
Doug & Janet Hastie
Jenny Hastie – Dakotah & Dreah Hastie
Lynz Hastie – Ethan & Liam Small
Brian & Danielle Hastie – Bella, Xandre, Xavie, Elyse, Zach, Lilly, Victoria & J.J.
Rob Hastie & Kami
Jason & Kristine Hastie – Everleigh, Wyatt & Korah
David & Helen Hastie
Andrew Burla – Dallas, Tanisha, JR, Matthew
Tanya & Stewart Snow – Sloan
Fahn & Rob Bacon – Archer & Briar
Darlice & James Albers
Dusty Lattery & Kelly
Dana Lattery & Janine – Hayden & Mateya Sept
David Lattery & Kaya – Cydney, Haley, Aubri & Zoee
DJ & Brett Hopfe – Brie & Gina
Josh & Connie Albers
Aaron & Kaz Albers – Blake & Hudson
Jaime & Ricky Andersen – Chase & Chesney
Kris & Marley Lynch – Tiernan, Owen & Keira
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