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Anna Beketov

September 18, 1931 - September 12, 2011

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Barbara Anna Beketov (Thorpe, Strandberg)
Sept. 18, 1931-Sept. 12, 2011

Went home to be with her Lord and Saviour on Monday, Sept 12. She passed away peacefully in her sleep, freed at last from her long and valiant battle with cancer.
Anna was born in Toronto, Ontario, on September 18, 1931, to Nicholas and Katherine Beketov (nee Collison). In 1942 the family moved to Victoria, B.C. Where she attended Willows School, then Oak Bay High School. After Anna”s graduation, the family moved to Prince Rupert, B.C. where her father had been appointed Marine Agent for the northern half of the province by the Department of Transport. While there, she met Leonard Thorpe (of Duncan) and, in 1952, after Anna had finished Normal School, she and Len were married. She taught in Prince Rupert, and then Courtenay, where the family relocated in 1956 when Len had accepted the pastorate of Courtenay Baptist Church. In 1967 the family moved to the Cowichan Valley. Anna received her Bachelor of Education from the University of Victoria in 1978, and taught at Alex Aitken, Maple Bay, and Mount Prevost (23 years) Schools. Near the end of her career, Anna was appointed by the Ministry of Education to serve on an External Evaluation Team for two consecutive years. Following retirement, she supervised student teachers for the University of Victoria for 8 years. She was also on the inaugural board of Island Oak High School.
As an accomplished sailor, she enjoyed many wonderful days cruising the west coast waters with numerous friends and family. Her interest in theatre led to an involvement with the January Players, and then the Mercury Theatre, both as a board member and an actor in several plays. She also was Production Manager for 6 Cowichan Musical Society productions.
Anna served the community on the board of the Cowichan Valley Basket Society, spending many hours weekly as Hamper Coordinator for 12 years, before she was struck by cancer in November 2008.
During her retirement Anna also enjoyed travelling to the Mediterranean, South America, Japan, Mexico, Hawaii, Alaska, Spain, and the British Isles.
Anna had a strong and abiding Christian faith, and was active in service in the Christian Community all her adult life.
Anna is survived by four sons: Roland, Timothy, Daniel, and Andrew (Shelley), and two granddaughters: Terese and Nicola Thorpe, her sister Nadia Brockett (Stuart) , their family in the U.K., and her brother, Paul Beketov, of Nanaimo.
The family would like to thank Dr. Deana Robertson for the dedicated care that she provided Anna.
A Celebration of Anna’s life will be held at the New Life Baptist Church, 1839 Tzouhalem Road, Duncan BC on Saturday September 24, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. Online condolences may be offered at www.hwwallacecbc.com

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H.W. Wallace Cremation and Burial Centre Staff send our condolences to family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

From: Marita Judson
Relation: friends through church

I will miss Anna very much. What I loved about Anna was her keen mind and openess to engage with people.
Anna took me sailing on numerous occasions and we had a lot fun as she taught me how to raise the sails and tie proper knots…she loved nothing more than the wind in her hair and the boat at a pecarious angle.

I know how much she loved her family as she spoken of you often and lovingly.

From: Martin van den Hooven
Relation: I was a pupil in her grade seven class.

Mrs. Thorpe taught grade seven at Comox Elementary in the fall of 1964. One of the subjects she taught was biology. According to that course’s curriculum, she had to teach about evolution, i.e. mankind coming from the apes. She refused to teach that. She stood by her faith in Christ and the Bible. The Principle had to teach the evolution part of the course, while grumbling. I am thankful that I had her as a teacher. I only had her as my grade seven teacher until my parents sold our house in January of 1965 and we moved away. I consider her my most favorite teacher. That includes high school and university. She was a blessing.

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Date & Time:
September 24, 2011
Beginning at 2:00pm

Location:
New Life Baptist Church
1839 Tzouhalem Road
Duncan, BC Canada v9l 5k5

1839 Tzouhalem Road
Duncan, BC Canada v9l 5k5

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