Cheesmur, Beverley (Redfield)

(1925 - )

"If you have a problem, pull up your socks and get on with solving it." Beverely Cheesmur learned that bit of philosophy from her aunt.

The life of Beverley Cheesmur (nee Redfield) began in Huron, South Dakota on July 18, 1925. It was to be a life that would take her to diverse places. In some, such as London, England, she studied for a few months; in Nigeria, she was a nurse and missionary; in Alberta, she was a minister's wife and a nurse; and on her seven trips to the Middle East she was a tourist, a pilgrim, and often, a tour guide.

Throughout all of these locations and situations, one thing about Bev's role never changed - she was - and still is - a caregiver, always ready to serve. Perhaps even as a young child, reveling in the family get-togethers at her grandparents' Dakota farm, Bev was already learning to play that role. When all the cousins played "Let's Pretend" she always wanted to be the nurse.

In 1934 the family moved to Alberta. While attending Bible School in Didsbury, Bev felt called by God to become a missionary in Africa. She pursued her childhood dream and took nurse's training at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, in Edmonton.

Beverley's next stop was London, England for several months of midwifery training. She happened to walk into a small church pastored by a young bachelor. Something sparked Bev's interest enough for her to begin dating the young preacher, Bob Cheesmur. The two were married on December 5, 1955.

Two daughters, Jill and Liz, were born during the 13 year sojourn in Nigeria and child-rearing in that country brought a whole new set of challenges. The family later relocated to Bergen, Alberta.

The Bergen years were the happiest of the Cheesmurs' lives and they were very pleased to be a part of the building of a new church in Bergen in the 1990s. Bev recalls awakening early one morning just after the ground had been leveled and staked out, "Here was a deer, a doe, just prancing all over the staked-out area, It was just as if she was saying, 'If you build it, I will come,' to quote, Kevin Costner, " Bev laughs.

In 1993 Bob and Bev decided it was time for Bob to retire and time to leave Bergen for Didsbury. Always interested in people, Bev found a new job as Welcome Wagon Representative.

When asked what are the great lessons she has learned throughout her long and varied life, Bev's first answer is that she is still learning. "One point is that there are different ways of looking at things. I think that comes with the maturity of age. You're not quite as dogmatic as you are in your 20s - or 30s - or 40s. But also, the important lesson that has guided my life is put God first and the other things will follow, fit into place, and make sense. If you believe in God, discover His plan for your life and let Him lead you through it."

Category: Didsbury