Huddleston, Margaret Beth

Retired R.N. Missionary

Born in Barrie on October 22, 1926, the daughter of the late Percy and Lillie (Monteith) Huddleston, Beth Huddleston passed away at Meaford Long Term Care on February 12, 2020 at the age of 93.


Beth obtained her nursing certification graduating from Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie in 1948.  Well known in the community for her devotion to missionary work, she accepted a posting to Ecuador as a missionary from Knox Church in 1958 with her co-worker and longtime friend Eleanor Boyes.  Beth served as a nurse in the Hospital Vozandes Quito for 12 years and then in Hospital Vozandes Shell for 15 years.  She served as the director of Nursing while in Quito and as a nurse anesthetist in Shell.  She was heavily involved in the building of a new hospital in Shell while serving there.  She and Eleanor assisted in establishing a hospital in Malawi as well.  Beth returned to Canada in 1986, having served for 27 years in missionary work where she and Eleanor then assumed roles of World Radio Missionary Fellowship (WRMF) representatives across Canada for four years.

Beth was a dedicated volunteer at the Meaford Long Term Care Centre for 21 years where she involved herself with the Auxiliary with both the Worship and Sunday Coffee Shop activities.

A memorial funeral service will be conducted at Knox Presbyterian Church in Meaford on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. with a reception to follow. Interment will take place at Barrie Union Cemetery where Beth will be interred in the spring with her late parents.

If so desired and as your expression of sympathy, donations to SonSet Solutions (a Christian missionary service offering technological support to isolated nations) or a charity of your choice would be appreciated and may be made through the Ferguson Funeral Home, 48 Boucher St. E., Meaford, ON N4L 1B9 to whom arrangements have been entrusted.



Service date to be announced - mid March

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Memories & Messages of condolence

  1. Gayle Gee
    Thursday, February 20, 2020

    Beth was my oldest cousin and I remember seeing her at various Johnston family get-togethers. I didn’t know her well because my parents moved so often and we weren’t living in Barrie, but she was always an extremely lovely, kind, caring lady.

    I have to hope that my name and the names of other Barrie-vicinity cousins were known by your long-term care home, because we all thought very highly of Beth, and none of us were aware of her condition during these past few years because the nursing home did not advise any of us. I did not visit because I live in Ottawa, am a Senior, and don’t drive distances, but I always kept in touch at Christmastime, until she stopped sending cards.

    Bless her soul. I am making a donation to the Heart and Stroke Foundation here in Ottawa, in memory of Beth.

  2. John & Joan Langman
    Sunday, February 23, 2020

    We have many fond memories of Beth and her parents from early days in Barrie. In later years we always keep in touch with Beth when she was in Ecuador, then back home in Meaford. She and Eleanor Boyes were a top notch nursing team for many years. We will definitely miss our wee chats and catch up visits. At the time of Your Life Celebration we will be in Myrtle Beach.
    Rest In Peace our friend.
    John & Joan Langman


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