Parlby, Beatrice (Buckley)
(1903 - 1989)
In 1974, Bea Parlby published Pioneers and Progress, bringing together 40 years of research on the experience of the early settlers in Alix and district.
The daughter-in-law of Irene Parlby, Bea graduated from the University of Alberta, majoring in Agriculture and in the following year obtained her teacher's certificate. She continued the family's concern for farm and rural life as president of the Alix local of the United Farm Women of Alberta (UFWA). She taught school and acted as a Guide leader, maintaining a camp at the Parlby farm for youth groups. Beatrice retired from teaching in 1970.
Bea loved to sing and entertain, she and her husband Humphrey took part in many drama productions. After her husband's death, she continued to live on the farm and died in 1989, while tending her flowers.
"She loved teaching. She was good at it. Her students were taught to explore, question, acquire knowledge and solve problems... they came to appreciate drama, art and music. We remember the lilt of her Irish laughter and appreciated her comradeship. She cared deeply for her family, her friends and her community, wherever she found them throughout the world. " - Geoff, Gerry and Susan Parlby