Our deeply-loved Lorna Roberts (nee Beer) passed away on the evening of March 2nd, 2018 at her home in Victoria, B.C. Left to grieve are her three children Jo-Anne, Craig, and Scott; granddaughters Emily, Anna, Lilly and Chelsea; daughter-in-law Alex; and son-in-law Paddy; and Chelsea’s mother Kathryn.

Lorna was a passionate soul who savoured life and those around her. Her love of beauty was expressed through her passion for the natural world, as well as through her elegance and the exquisite environments she created for friends and family. She was an enthusiastic, giving, and engaging friend to so many and in her later years, she developed many new friends through her church community.

Lorna was born on April 29, 1931 in Henty, New South Wales, Australia, the youngest child of Dulcie Constance Martin and Edgar Wilberforce Beer. Lorna spoke often of her early years in a childhood paradise on the edge of Sydney Harbour and of her teenaged equestrian adventures. After high school, she employed her extensive artistic talent to work as a three-dimensional draftsperson.

She married (Norman) Eric Roberts in 1953 and moved with him to various mining communities in New South Wales. They finally settled in Wollongong in 1957 where they raised their family. In 1972, the family moved to Vancouver’s North Shore where Lorna and Eric resided until Eric’s death in 1996. She subsequently lived in Qualicum and Victoria on Vancouver Island with her second husband, Derek Brown, with whom she shared a love of beautiful surroundings, engaging company, and adventurous travel, and who predeceased her in 2013.

We would like to express profound thanks to Joanne McIntyre and Kristin Spray, who gave Lorna the most amazing and loving care in her final months. They, along with many dear friends, her Christian community, and caring health care professionals, made her last months as comfortable and rewarding as could be wished.

A Memorial Service will be held for Lorna at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, March 20th, 2018 in the First Baptist Church, 877 North Park Street, Victoria, BC.

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes that donations be made to the BC Cancer Agency.

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

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  • Marlene McIntosh
    March 19, 2018

    Lorna,..my “Lady Grace”…Her beauty was reflected in the world she created around her. Her Legacy of Love, Compassion, Kindness and Generosity rests in the hearts of her children and grandchildren. When I gaze upon the magnificence of a flower or experience the wonder and beauty of nature I shall feel you near my dear friend… always in my heart.

  • Marlene McIntosh
    March 18, 2018

    LORNA,”Lady Grace”..Your beauty was reflected in the world you created around you…Your legacy of Love, Compassion, Kindness and Generosity rests in the hearts of your children and grandchildren. When I gaze upon the magnificence of a flower or experience the beauty and wonder of nature, I shall feel you near my dear friend..always in my heart…

  • Terry & Bob Opperman
    March 16, 2018

    Craig, Chelsea and extended family,

    Our hearts are with you as you walk through these days. We loved Lorna deeply and miss her greatly. She was so gracious in hospitality and such a thoughtful friend. Her sense of humour would lift our spirits and we so enjoyed her company. She is thought of with each and every spring flower we see.
    Our love and prayers go out to you all.

  • Jo-Anne
    March 13, 2018

    It was a honour to help look after Lorna for the last few months. Condolences to the whole family and my thoughts are with you all at this difficult time .

  • Tara McCallan
    March 8, 2018

    It was a privilege and a pleasure to know Lorna over the last few months of her life. Sincerest condolences to her family and friends

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