Jordahl, Betty Jean

Written by ECA Review


Betty Jean Jordahl passed away in the long term care centre in Our Lady of the Rosary Hospital in Castor, Alta. at the age of 84 on July 27 2020.

Betty was born on Sept. 22, 1935 in Prince Edward Island to Everett Beairsto and Dorothy Simpson.

She grew up in P.E.I. and left school in Grade 4 to help raise her younger siblings.

Then at the age of 21, she moved to Coronation, Alta. to live with her Aunt Hilda and Uncle Lea.

She started working at the Coronation Hotel washing dishes and working at the local dry-cleaners.

She married Tom Jordahl on June 24, 1961.

During her time married she had four children: Jackie, Allen, Ricky and Cheryl.

They divorced in 1969 and she raised the children on her own.

Betty enjoyed gardening and had quite a green thumb.

Her gardens and plants over the years can attest to that.

She would clean houses around the town of Castor and babysit some of the local children.

She enjoyed her soap operas, crocheting, disking and collecting angels. She was quite the baker and would make pies and buns.

Her son-in-law Tyrrill would tease her with the song “Betty’s Buns” by George Canyon.

In her later years, her children were married and had their own children. She was so proud when her grandchildren started coming.

She had someone to spoil and she did exactly that.

She moved to Innisfail with her boyfriend Bill, but Bill passed away from cancer and she moved back to Castor; where she lived on her own for a while.

She then decided to move to the Paintearth Lodge where she had a blast.

She was diagnosed with dementia and had to move into the extended care until her passing.

Betty was predeceased by her parents Everett Beairsto and Dorothy Simpson, her brothers Preston Beairsto and Clifford Beairsto, her brother-in-law Bill McGhee, her daughter Jackie Schmidt, her son-in-law Tom Schmidt, her sons Allen Jordahl and Ricky Jordahl.

Betty is survived by her loving daughter Cheryl (Tyrrill) Hewitt; grandchildren Justin (Tasha), Kristen, Kendal Schmidt, Matthew (Darcie) Jordahl, Samantha, James, John Hewitt; her great-grandchildren Haley, Katrina, Natalia, Skyler, Brody Schmidt and Caleb Pierce.

She is also survived by her sisters Cathy McGhee and Audrey Macnial and brother Jim (Peggy) Beairsto, her brothers-in-law Ted (Donna) Jordahl, Zid Gustavson; sisters-in-law Penny Lott and Susan Jordahl and many nieces, nephews, cousins and many great friends.

Funeral services were held on Sept. 17, 2020 at Castor Community Hall with Pastor Colin Milang officiating.

Betty was laid to rest at Castor Municipal Cemetery.

Family and friends gathered for a time of fellowship and a luncheon in the Community Hall with Michelle Breum hosting.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Memorial donations can be made in Betty’s name to Alzheimer Society or a charity of your own choice.

Parkview Funeral Chapels & Crematorium entrusted with the care and funeral arrangements. 403-882-3141.

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