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BEACH, Mary Claire (nee: Garnett)


Beach, Mary edited

1932 - 2020



It is with great sadness the family announces the passing of Mary Claire Beach on Saturday, November 14, 2020 at 88 years of age.


She will be dearly missed by her children, Susan, Ann (Peter) and David (Mary Cris); grandchildren: Sarah (Barry), Curtis, Chezka and William; great grandchildren: Levi, Sam, Matthew, Norah; as well as numerous relatives and friends.


Claire was predeceased by her spouse, William Walter “Bill” Beach in 2008; son, Peter Beach in 1993; brothers, Louis (Wilma) Garnett and Leslie (Eileen) Garnett.


Mary Claire Garnett was born in 1932 to Albert and Mary Kathleen Garnett in Moncton and grew up in Halifax. She married Bill Beach, raised a family of four children and was active in the United Church as a minister's wife. After moving to Edmonton in 1970, Claire went back to school for a Bachelor of Social Work and enjoyed a full-time career for several years. Claire made many lifelong friends, starting in elementary school, and kept in touch. Colleagues and friends often turned to her for perspective as a loyal and wise mentor. Bill died in 2008, and Claire has continued to enjoy her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, all living nearby in St. Albert and Edmonton.


A Private Family Service will be held. Cremation has taken place.


In lieu of flowers, Memorial Donations may be made in Claire’s name to a charity of one’s choice.



To send condolences, please visit



Connelly-McKinley Funeral Home

St. Albert Chapel

(780) 458-2222

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