Listowel Branch News
Caring and Sharing
Calling all retired teachers who live in Listowel and the surrounding area!
Welcome to our small (currently 22 members) but mighty group. We love to socialize, keep informed about current issues and enjoy good food but the most important thing that we focus on is supporting each other, young and old, as well as the local and global community.
In the past two years locally, we have donated money for children’s books at the North Perth Library, financially supported and helped pack and distribute backpacks for the Salvation Army back-to-school program, and donated funds to support the universal snack programs in 4 local schools. We are proud to have purchased a Buddy Bench for the new school in our area. We also support our local food bank and several other charities as needed.
Globally, we have a drive once a year to raise money for bedkits for Sleeping Children around the World. We have also supported charities, such as PAN Missions and Change Her World.
Last year, the amount donated was 45% of our total regular income plus more with personal donations from group members.
We meet on the second Wednesday of April, September and October for socialization, a speaker and lunch. In June we try to plan a special outing. We also have breakfast get-togethers to fill in the gaps between meetings.
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In April, the Listowel Branch gathered for a meeting and lunch. We had a presentation by Jeannine Leutennegger, who owns and operates a travelling grocery store. It was a great opportunity to know of a place to order local vegetable baskets weekly, and have them delivered to our door.
We are a very small group of 20 this year, but we seem to accomplish “mighty” things!
We look forward to a presentation on meditation, and learning some great techniques to slow ourselves down and relax.
Breakfast get-togethers at Diana Sweets
Wed. January 25, 2017
Wed. February 22, 2017
Wed. May 31, 2017
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Shirley (Beaton) Judge
Monday, September 4th, 1944 – Monday, February 3rd, 2020
Celebrations in Heaven are taking place for Shirley, who succumbed to a courageous battle with cancer on Monday, February 3, 2020 at Listowel Memorial Hospital, at the age of 75.
Grounded by her childhood rearing on the Beaton farm in Glenelg Township near Durham, Ontario, she joyously infected the Listowel community with her love and care for her whole adult life.
Shirley was predeceased by her parents, Dorothy & Keith Beaton.
She will be fondly remembered by her husband of 53 years, Vincent of Listowel, daughter Kelly (Randy Woods), sons John (Jennifer Corry), Gregory (Juliane Jaimieson) and kept alive through the memories of all seven Grandchildren: Taylor, Spencer, Jaydn, Ella, Alivia, Amber and Austin.
She will also be missed by her siblings Betty-Lou Morrison (Dave), Gloria Morris (Ben), Mary Wyma (Steve) and Bruce Beaton along with her many nieces, nephews and steadfast friends.
Shirley loved children and found joy being surrounded by them as a Kindergarten teacher, Sunday School teacher, Vacation Bible School Teacher… basically volunteering at her beloved Baptist Church for any event, endeavour or committee involving children or music. She served on the worship team, sang solos & duets, lead Cantatas and was the organist for over 30 years. In her broader community she continued to sing with “The Beaton Sisters”, was a trained speaker for Christian Women’s Clubs all over the country also serving for six years on their National Board. She was awarded honourary member of the Baptist Women’s Association of Ontario & Quebec, led many Bible studies and positivity contributed to the social fabric of the greater Listowel area. She was the one truly responsible for the success of many politicians including her husband Vince. Humble, unassuming Shirley would be embarrassed if we continued to list her accomplishments and community service.
Amongst our sadness emerges abundance. She taught us all to listen, to love books, to sing, to ease the suffering of others, to be kind and understanding, to empathize and to love animals and nature. A lifelong learner, Shirley gently encouraged all to achieve their potential; she believed in you until you could believe in yourself.
Visitation will be held at Listowel Baptist Church on Friday from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00-9:00. A funeral service of celebration and song will be held at the Listowel Baptist Church led by Rev. John Lambshead on Saturday, February 8 at 2:00 p.m. Spring interment in McNeil Cemetery, Priceville.
The Judge Family would like to thank all the visiting Nurses, PSWs and friends whose time, care and talents gifted Shirley a long stay in her home. Thanks also to the Eaton Funeral home, Rev. John Lambshead, Dr. Weston, hospital staff, the church family and friends for their support.
If desired, donations to Listowel Baptist Church Building Fund, the Listowel Hospital Foundation and the Canadian Arthritis Society would honour the life of Shirley Judge, and may be made through the Eaton Funeral Home, Listowel.