Beverly (Halstead) McCaffery
8/26/1941 – 4/30/2019 Beverly McCaffery passed away peacefully in Cathedral City, California on April 30, 2019. She was raised in Okotoks by Charlie and Alice Halstead. She loved ice skating, sledding and fishing in the Sheep River behind her family home. Beverly was an avid reader and attended Prairie Bible Institute in Three Hills for high school. She also attended and worked at the University of Calgary, studying Geology. Beverly loved to go to horse races and was remembered for lighting up cigars while watching the ponies. She married Frank McCaffery in 1966 and moved to Bristol, England to further his education. Beverly had a fondness for their Triumph Spitfire sports car. The couple welcomed a son, Shaun in 1975 and a daughter, Sarah in 1977. They moved to Santa Ana, California in 1981 where they raised their children. Beverly was active in Sarah and Shaun’s schooling, making sure they were ready for the world. Beverly would often spend long days fishing for Bonito and Flounder, sometimes fishing right from the beach, casting the bait out into the surf with a twelve-foot pole. Beverly and her family enjoyed taking vacations to Canada, visiting National Parks and cities. She made sure that her family always attended the latest musical theater events over the years. She always enjoyed trips to Las Vegas to play blackjack. An avid gambler, Beverly could be found socializing at bingo games in the high school gymnasium. With both of her children attending university in the San Francisco Bay area, Beverly moved to be closer to them. She loved to maintain the garden and make trips to see her children in Sonoma County, often stopping off at the local casinos for some gambling action. Missing the warm southern California weather, she retired to Cathedral City in 2009. She enjoyed frequent visits to the Casino, playing pool and playing shuffleboard. She enjoyed the company of her Canadian friends and was thrilled when her children and their families came to visit. Beverly will surely be missed as she was a loving, caring mother and friend as well as a force to be reckoned with. A celebration of life for Beverly will be held at Heartland Cafe in Okotoks on August 3rd from 4pm-7pm. Anyone wishing to celebrate Beverly’s life is welcome.
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