DOREEN BEEKHUIZEN - After struggling valiantly over many years with a series of health issues we are sad to announce that Doreen Margaret Beekhuizen (nee McGinnis) passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 25, 2019 at Royal Victoria Hospital. Doreen was born in Barrie to the late, James and Mary McGinnis on April 23, 1943.
She was the sister to Don McGinnis (Joan) predeceased, Rheta Horne (Bud), Murray (Dawn), and younger brother Ken(Bonnie).
She will be greatly missed by Rob (Karen), Ralph (Stacey) grandchildren, Jason, Natalie, David, Emma and Hannah and her many nieces and nephews.
Doreen graduated from North Collegiate and then as a mature student went on to receive her Bachelor of Arts Degree from York University.
It was at this time she met the love of her life Simon Beekhuizen who brought along his two wonderful boys Rob and Ralph that Doreen took lovingly under her wing. They would remain in Barrie where they enjoyed and supported the arts, literature, music and live theatre.
Doreen struggled with ill health for many years, but that never affected her outlook on life. She was always beaming with a smile, and so grateful for what she had.
They were very involved in the United Church and Doreen was always there to offer a helping hand.
Doreen tirelessly devoted herself to supporting and volunteering at various local chapters and organizations in Barrie.
She loved to cook, entertain but shopping and pampering were very high on her list that Simon gladly obliged.
Many thanks to Doctor Mills and a special thank you to the “Angel Nurses" on the 3rd floor ISU at RVH for their special care and devotion during Doreen's stay.
A Celebration of Life will be held at North West Barrie United Church, 464 Ferndale Drive N. Barrie on Friday, September 13th. Visitation will be at 11.00 am with a service at 12.00 noon followed by a reception .
A private internment has taken place.
In lieu of flowers, donations will be gratefully received by The Heart and Stroke Foundation, Diabetes Canada or the charity of your choice.
Cremation entrusted to
Marshall W. Driver Cremation & Burial Service
Ontario Heart & Stroke Foundation
112 Commerce Park Dr, Unit I, Barrie, ON L4N 8W8, AB
Canadian Diabetes Association
556 Bryne Dr., Barrie, ON L4N 9P6, AL