REID, Beulah Audrey – Beulah Audrey Reid of Bedford NS, passed into the spirit world on December 16 2020 at the age of 92
Born February 11, 1928 she was the daughter of George Arthur Smith and Ellen Ruth (Porter) Smith of St. Stephen N.B. and was married to Charles Allison Reid, Oak Bay 1947-1980.
She is survived by daughter Cheryl Reid O’Hagan of Bedford N.S., son Brian Reid (Denise Leighton) of St. Stephen N.B., one granddaughter Erin O’Hagan (Elliot Postell) of Maryland U.S.A, one grandson Padraig “Paddy” O’Hagan of Toronto Ont., one great-grandchild Viven Postell of Maryland U.S.A., one sister Georgie Hyslop of St. Stephen N.B., several nephews and nieces.
She was predeceased by her daughter Lynn Audrey Reid, grandson Trapper Howard, sisters Doris McKaskill, Phyllis Jackson and Helen Dymond.
Beulah graduated from St. Stephen High School and Holy Rosary Commercial School in St. Stephen. She volunteered tirelessly in the early establishment of the NB Mental Health Association to assure better services for those suffering mental illnesses as she had suffered depression herself after a life threatening surgery.
She was a compassionate mother who cared about her children’s emotional lives and sought out every opportunity for their education and success. After they left home, she started taking University courses and graduated with a BA in Clinical Psychology from Mount Saint Vincent University and an MA in Counselling from St. Mary’s University, both in Halifax. She had a deep empathy for those in distress and now her education gave her the ability to focus on those she had always wanted to help.
She was a counsellor on the Help Line and worked at Bryony House, the women’s shelter and volunteered with other organizations in HRM.
At her John Howard Society office in Halifax, she worked on community assessments for Correctional Services of Canada when convicted people first entered prison. Her interviews for the parole board involved assessing the parolee’s files from schools, doctors, police, family members and acquaintances. When the prisoner was to come out on parole, her job was to find appropriate lodging, work and necessities to sustain a life back on the street. Once she established a place with good direction and safety for all, she compiled a report on her findings for the parole board which it reviewed and acted upon when the parolee was released.
She did weekly interviews with parolees and from time to time escorted busloads of prisoner’s families to and from Renous, Dorchester, Springhill and Westmorland. Her counselling work gave her a feeling of worth and value as she made such a difference in the lives of those who might otherwise have lost their way.
In her earlier life in Oak Bay, Beulah had always become friends with the minister and his wife, attended church and had taken Bible study in search of its deeper meanings. So when she discovered the Spiritual Science Fellowship in Halifax, she found an organization for people of all- or no- religious backgrounds whose desire it was to understand human experiences of psyche and spirit. It was a free and informed atmosphere. Now she could marry her clinical science education, her interest in spirituality and her psychic experience. It was through this learning and development that Beulah found her most satisfying work. She became a spiritual medium and practised over thirty years. She gave peace, solace and healing to so many who sought her out.
Cremation has taken place and a celebration of Beulah’s life and interment will take place in the spring 2021 at Dartmouth Memorial Gardens, Main St., Dartmouth NS. Please consult www.dartmouthmemorial.ca or www.coleharbourfuneral.com for updated information.
Condolences may be expressed at www.coleharbourfuneral.com
Memorial Donations through www.coleharbourfuneral.com to International Essential Tremor Foundation www.EssentialTremor.org or Vasculitis Foundation Canada www.vasculitis.ca, a site for autoimmune diseases, will be gratefully accepted.