December 15, 1923- November 10, 2019
Beth passed away at the Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre in Ottawa. She was predeceased by husband, Horace (1990), parents Wilhelm and Mamie (Bakken) Wagner and brother, Gordon. She is survived by children: Dianna Inkster (Brian), Bill (Janet), Mira Giovenazzo and Wanda (Richard Moore). She is also survived by grandchildren: Andy Inkster, James Inkster (Kimberley Stoker), Isabella Goneau, Jayme Spinks, Samantha Sheffield (Brandon), Dylan Giovenazzo, Marie-Eve Therrien, Felix Moore, and great-grandchildren: Elise Inkster and Francesco Sheffield.
After completing high school at Camrose Lutheran College in Alberta, Beth joined the Canadian Women’s Army Corps. She served in Canada and Europe during WWII. She started university after the war, but married to have a family in 1948. We lived in Terrace Bay, Elliot Lake, Trenton, and finally in Kingston as she and Horace finished their education. When she graduated from UBC, she became a social worker with the Kingston Children’s Aid Society.
Beth was a member of St. Mark’s Anglican Church in Barriefield until she moved to Ottawa. She was always available to support and mentor those in need and was a volunteer with many organizations during her life. She had a variety of interests, including reading, politics, the environment, music (especially the opera), attending lectures and knitting. She travelled to many foreign countries after retiring, but her favourite destination was always the Arctic.
The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff and volunteers at the Perley. Their dedication, compassion and humour made the last few years of her life much richer. Beth herself appreciated her friends and neighbours for the companionship and help they provided as she aged. Cremation has taken place and, according to her wishes, a private celebration will be held. She will be truly missed. Funeral arrangements entrusted to First Memorial Funeral Services – Fairview Chapel, condolences may be left at : https://firstmemorialfairview.com/