Isabella passed away at the Royal Jubilee Hospital after an eighteen month illness (which she fought with grace and great courage) with her husband and six children holding her hand in a circle at her bedside. Isabella was pre-deceased by her parents Donald and Leita Ullman and her siblings Mary and Leslie, all of Kingston, Ontario. She is survived by her beloved husband, Dr. R. Peter Beck and their children; Kathleen Beck (Rob Hookes), Suzanne (Steve) Panteluk, Patricia (Dr. Alf) Conradi, Dr. Paul Beck (Wanda Dawson), Elizabeth (Marc) Dumaine, John (Christie) Beck and seventeen grand (and great) children, all from Alberta.

Isabella (Izi) was born in Kingston, Ontario where she graduated from Rideau Public School, K.C.V.I., and the Kingston General Hospital as an RN. She worked as a nurse in Kingston, Vancouver, and Montreal. As a youngster she was very active in sports as a player and later as a coach. She met Peter in 1951 and they married after his graduation from Queen’s Medical School in 1955. Peter’s post MD training and subsequent medical career took them to Vancouver, Montreal, Edmonton, Richmond VA, South Africa, Mexico, Argentina, and other places. In retirement they lived in Windermere and the last thirteen years in Victoria.

Izi was a very bright, dynamic, articulate, very hard working (busy Izi), charismatic, positive, upbeat person. She always treated everyone in a polite, respectful manner. She was forgiving and always tried to see the good in everyone. She was down to earth and took a genuine, caring interest in anyone with whom she came in contact. She loved gardening and reading but her main focus was making home a special place in every way for family and friends.

She was a very devoted, loving wife, mother and grand (great) mother. If you spent time with Izi you didn’t hear it nor smell it but you felt a love that made you a better person. She had a great sense of humour and we had plenty of laughter. Our family feels we have lost an icon. “Rest in peace my darling”

The family would like to, very gratefully, thank all those persons involved in giving Isabella excellent care.  In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Royal Jubilee Hospital, The Salvation Army or a charity of your choice.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 2:00 pm in the Sequoia Centre at McCall Gardens with immediate family and invited guests only in attendance.  All others are invited to attend virtually via Zoom by clicking a link below. Please use your video camera when joining so that family in attendance can see you and feel your support. Interment will be in the Pinecrest Cemetery in Ottawa.

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

McCall Gardens


  • Trevor Roseborough

    My condolences to you Peter and your family and a tip of my hat to Izi for living such a long and wonderful life. I will always remember her as a perpetual happiness machine. Trevor

  • David Seibel and Amy Casher

    What a wonderful remembrance of a full and impactful life. Heartfelt condolences to the family with extra love to the Conradis.

  • Ken Powell

    Dr R P Beck and family….My deepest and heartfelt condolences to the Beck family for the loss of Isabelle.She was a very wonderful person and added something extra to the lives of everyone she came in contact with.We can treasure our memoriea of her as we move forward.

  • April Glowicki

    Dear Trish and Family,

    We are so sorry to hear about your mom Trish. She sounds like an amazing person!
    Sending you our love and condolences.

    Grant and April Glowicki

  • Mark Abrams

    To me she was always “mom Beck”. Even my mother when speaking about Izi called her “your other mom”. I know we made Glenora proud with our basketball teams and their excellence.

  • Dodi Barnard

    Kathy, Rob, Jon, Dr. Beck and Family

    Our heartfelt condolences to the passing of your mon, an icon of your family. Izzy’s recipes, hosting skills, humour, good nature and respectfullness lives on through her children.

    Gourmet Girls
    Janet Woolgar, Ellen Schmidt, Dodi Barnard

  • Brett Maimann

    To all of the Beck family, our deepest condolences on the loss of Izzy.
    Growing up next door, I have many happy memories of her. I’ll never forget her pouring maple syrup over fresh snow and rolling it around a popsicle stick for us kids to eat.
    She was a beautiful thoughtful soul. Her letters to my mother in her waning years were a source of joy my mother always anticipated and loved.
    That Izzy continued to write her, even when she herself was not well, demonstrates her kindness and thoughtfulness to others.
    It is a noble life that brings joy to so many others.

    Sending our love and prayers, Brett and Kathleen Maimann

  • Nancy J MacDonald

    Trish, Kathy, Sue, Paul, Liz, John and Dr.Beck,
    So very sorry for your loss. Your Mom was a lovely, kind, and caring person.When I think of your house on Connaught Drive, she was the gravitational force that pulled everyone in to your family. She was always there, always had a warm genuine smile on her face and always graciously welcomed all of your friends in to the house. She will be missed many.
    Sending lots of love! Xo Nancy

  • Nixe and Niels Gerbitz

    Dear Beck/ Conradi family,

    Over the years Niels and I have wonderful memories of our visits with Izy and you, Peter and the whole Beck and Conradi family, whether in Edmonton, Lake Windermere and finally in Victoria.
    We always felt welcomed and Izy’s kindness, vitality and joy of life, be it with her family, in her beautiful gardens or cooking, were contagious. What a wonderful life.

    We are so thankful for these memories and are thinking of you all.
    Niels and Nixe Gerbitz

  • Sandy MacIntosh

    Dear Peter,

    We were shocked to read in the Kingston paper of Izi’s passing. She was always so positive, kind and was a treasured friend. A great loss.

    Our deepest sympathies to all the family.

    Kind regards,
    Sandy MacIntosh and family

  • Debbie Thomas

    To my dear friend Kathy, Jonathan, Rob, Dr Beck, Paul, Sue, Trish, John, Liz and spouses and grandchildren and great grandchildren. What a blessing your Isabella was to you all and to the rest of us whom she touched with her love and magic. I will always remember how genuine, outgoing, energetic and welcoming Izi was. She was a force of nature to be sure. I reflect fondly on the memories I have of her over the years. She was a master at conversation and making you feel included and welcome. At a family reunion at Windermere a few years back I marvelled at her hostessing skills and enjoyed many a kitchen coffee and conversation while prepping food. Izi was such a positive and caring individual. A few years ago when I was recovering from surgery she took the time to send me lovely, uplifting handwritten notes. It was very touching. So many of her qualities I see in my pal Kathy. I will remember her fondly and continue to hear her signature voice and her infectious laugh. Godspeed Mrs Beck, congratulations on the legacy you left here. You will be missed. Love Debbie (Thomas)

  • Sonja Henning

    I was so sad to hear of “Izy’s” passing. Please accept my heartfelt condolences and know, although I haven’t seen your mom for a long time, I thought of her often.

    Mrs. Beck welcomed me into her home with kindness and grace when I first moved to Canada and continued to be a force of love for many years after I became a mother myself.

    I wish you time to reflect and embrace the footprints your mom has made in her lifetime and hope you find peace in those memories.

    Sonja Henning

  • John Marko

    Dear Peter

    My deep condolences to you and your family. I have many fond memories of Izzie, especially as a hostess in your home.
    I will be in touch with you more often in the days ahead, and will always be available to help in any possible way.

  • Sarah MacDonald

    Sending my heartfelt condolences to the entire Beck Family. Izi was a wonderful, engaging, and welcoming person wherever she was. I remember her as a true community leader in my Glenora days.
    Sorry for your loss, with love and remembrance,

  • Elly Bodner

    Dear Peter and family:

    I am so so sorry about the loss of Izi. I have so many wonderful memories of all of you. Izi was such a wonderful person and Mammabear. I have been reminded of all your hospitality here in Edmonton and Windermere. For a while Izi and I played bridge together in the basement of our Basilica. I have been thinking of our New Years evening celebration listening and dancing to at the time a popular Dutch singing group. And Peter also was my gynaecologist and even operated on me. Harvey declared Peter was his doctor also creating lots of laughter. I have always loved all of you and please know that my thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

  • Dave and Erin Edwards

    We both have such fond memories of “Mrs . Beck “ , growing up in Grandview and later on as well ! She was such a kind , compassionate, down to earth , hard working woman . Our deepest condolences to all the Beck family .

  • Dr. Murray and Debby Savard

    Dr. Peter Beck and family:

    We are very saddened to hear of your loss. Our thoughts are with you all and knowing that you have such a strong loving family, that you have each other to help navigate through this difficult time. Our sincerest condolences.

  • Belinda Hookes

    To the Beck family,
    I was very saddened to hear of the passing of Izzy. I remember her as being a very warm and loving lady. Remember her always and cherish those memories. All my love.
    Belinda Hookes

  • Chereda Bodner

    I was so sad to learn of Izy’s passing. Your family has such a long history with ours and I have so many memories Peter and Izi at our home with my Dad and Elly. Many rousing discussions and much laughter. Izy was always so kind to us kids. When I married she held the most beautiful shower for me. I remember the table being set out with such beautiful food and impeccable style. She was kind and compassionate. My sister Jennifer, who passed away a couple of years ago, loved her dearly. Jennifer was challenging as a young woman and Izy always made her feel accepted and loved. She didn’t judge (or if she did, she kept it to herself), a trait most of us could try and emulate. I will always think of her with a smile, remembering her grace, kindness, compassion and generosity. Your loss is huge and I wish you time and peace to feel your grief and embrace your wonderful memories of happier days. Love and hugs from Chereda and Nick

  • Karin Conradi

    Dear Trish, siblings and families,

    We were so saddened to hear of Izi’s passing and send our love during this difficult time. We all remember Izi as welcoming, engaging and warm. She will be missed.

    From the Conradi-Bailey-Schuller family we send our condolences.

  • Julie, Brent, Brandon and Brynn Lavery

    To Kathy, Robert, Jonathan and all who knew and loved Izzy,

    We are so very sorry for your loss of Izzy. She will be missed dearly and we are thinking of you all at this very sad time. We hope that you find comfort knowing that although she has gone from your lives, she will forever live on your memories.

    Brent, Julie (sister of Robert Hookes), Brandon and Brynn Lavery

  • Douglas Bodner

    Beck Family,
    My condolences on the passing of Izy. Of course I haven’t seen you parents in a very long time but I do have have such great memories of been over at your home and chatting with both your mom & dad. Your mom was just a wonderful person and made everyone and anyone who came into your house feel right at home. I was fortunate to know her.
    Again, my condolences and take care.

  • Kerri Davidson

    Uncle Peter and family,

    I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Aunt Izi. Although I saw her only occasionally, I was very fond of her and have only lovely memories of her. I hope loving memories bring you peace and ease your sadness with time.

    Love and condolences,
    Kerri (Clarke) Davidson and family

  • Tom and Bev Beck

    To Pete and the entire Beck Family. I remember as a youngster visiting you and Izi when you resided in Montreal. Dad and I always stopped in to visit when we would go to a Montreal Canadians Hockey Game. We were always made to feel so welcome. Thinking of you and sending our sincere condolences. Tom and Bev Beck

  • Lindsay Redpath

    Dear Trish,
    Thank you for letting us know that your Mom had passed away. It sounds like you were able to be there at her bedside and that would have been some comfort to you especially in these circumstances.
    From the description of your mother, it is evident that you share many of the same characteristics – certainly you demonstrated those in your interactions with our family.
    We feel for your loss,
    Love to you, Alf, Peter, Nick and Carl,
    Lindsay, Bryan and Harrison.

  • Eve MacDonald

    To all the Becks

    What a lovely remembrance of your mom. I have so many great memories of her from growing up in Edmonton and being in and around your family home. My overriding memory is of the warmth and kindness and the humour and patience that she shared with us all.
    Sending all my condolences and lots of love.

    Eve MacDonald

  • Richard ( Dick) Austin

    Dear Peter and family,

    Susan and I were deeply saddened to read of Izzy’s passing, our sincere condolances,love and good thoughts are conveyed.

    During our residence together at Mariners Landing we look back fondly at our chats, usually about family members and your summer vacations with the family.

    Stay well and safe during these troubling time.
    Richard and Susan Austin

  • Cathy King

    To the Beck family: Our heartfelt condolences to all of you on the loss of your Wife and Mother. Even though I did not know her personally I have heard many stories about her and know that she was a loving, kind person to all she met. Trish, since I only really know you, I can see that your Mom has passed along many of her traits of love, cooking, and gardening. I hope you all continue to feel her presence in your hearts for the rest of your lives and that it gives you comfort knowing she is now at peace. She sure would have felt that love knowing you were all at her side when she took her last breaths. Sending you all hugs and strength over the coming days, weeks and months until your hearts have healed.

    Love Cathy King and Bruce Saville

  • Donald Johnston

    Dear Peter and all members of the family

    It is with great sadness accompanied by wonderful memories that Heather and I learned of Izi’s death.

    You Peter have been part of my life since the 1940s, and then with Izi from the early 1950s until the present.

    She was a wonderful person and indeed we have all lost an icon. But what an extraordinary family legacy you created together. With our sympathy and love Don and Heather

  • Jim Gibson

    To the entire Beck family, our sincerest wishes to you all for your loss.
    Izzy is and always will be a beacon for us to embrace.

    Jim and Jane Gibson

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