Sister Beatrice Anne Boulton
On June 12, 2016 at the Monastery of the Precious Blood in Hamilton, Sister Beatrice Anne (Beatrice Pauline) Boulton entered Eternal Life in the peace of the Lord and in the hope of Resurrection. Sister suffered a stroke about three weeks before her death Although there were some early signs of recovery, we began to realize that Sister was gradually slipping away from us. Supported by her Sisters, our faithful nursing staff and chaplain, Father Robert Dunn, Sister gently moved into a coma and never regained consciousness. She was in her 85th year of life and the 64th year of her Religious Profession in this special Year of Mercy.
Sister Beatrice Anne was pre-deceased by her father Clinton Boulton in1932 and her mother, Gladys (Morgan) Boulton in 1977, her brother-in-law Bruce Albert, and oldest nephew, Bruce, Jr. She is survived by her sister, Mary Catherine Albert, two nieces, Barbara Currie & Lynn Tendler and two nephews, Mark and Paul Albert, all of Saskatchewan.
Sister Beatrice Anne was born on May 12, 1932 in Tupperville, in the Diocese of London, Ontario. Her father died when she was three months old, leaving her courageous young mother to raise her two daughters, Mary Catherine and Beatrice Pauline. Born 'small of stature' (dwarfism), she was nurtured with deep love and support through happy school years. As the desire to serve God surfaced in her life, it was strongly endorsed by her Mother and her sister. Beatrice was accepted into the formation program of the Sisters of the Precious Blood in London, Ontario on September 6, 1950. Her perpetual commitment was celebrated on March 12, l956.
While learning to live the contemplative life, Sister also became an excellent typist, a skill which she used generously. Sister served the Community by responding to people who wrote or phoned for prayers. She often referred to the 'apostolate of the pen' and spoke of her understanding that there was always a spiritual dimension to friendship. Sister shared her faith and assurance of prayers and those with whom she communicated became friends. She kept them in heart and prayer as she faithfully lived her life as a Sisters Adorer of the Precious Blood. 'Sister Bea' was blessed with a strong spirit, a beautiful smile and eyes that reached out and warmed the hearts of others. In addition to many years lived in our London Monastery, Sister was assigned to our Calgary Community as well as to a 6-year term as Local Superior in our Winnipeg Community.
Visitation will be held at the Precious Blood Monastery, 154 Northcliffe Avenue, Dundas, Ontario, Monday, June 20 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm and from 7:00 - 8:30 pm with a Prayer Vigil at 7:30 pm. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated by Father Robert Dunn on Tuesday, June 21 at 11:00 am. Interment will be at St. Peter's Cemetery, London, Ontario.