|Birth: ||Jul. 5, 1919|
|Death: ||Nov. 26, 2011|
Geraldine Bernice Beck was born on July 5, 1919 and passed away peacefully with her family at her side on Saturday, November 26, 2011. Bernice, Bea, to her friends, was born in Enumclaw, WA to Andrew and Bessie Williams. She is survived by her brother Wallace Williams, her sister Margery Park and sons William (Miriam) Beck and Gerald (Cherie) Beck. Bernice married E. Harry Beck of Seattle on July 5, 1940, who preceded her in death in 1990.
Our beloved "Bea" was a vital, active, gracious, and very loving person. She was hale and hearty throughout her 92 wonderful years. We lost her physical presence, but her inspirational spirit will have an influence on all of us for the rest of our lives.
Bea was strong willed, and yet gentle and soft-spoken. Most of all she always wanted what was best for you. In her young years she worked for a Washington State Senator and later earned her real estate license. After her marriage to Harry, she was dedicated to him and her two boys, Bill and Gerry. The family hiked, camped, sailed and skied. They had a couples' club that gathered every year at their Crystal Mountain ski cabin and those families created wonderful memories and friendships. She and Harry were both scout leaders and sail boat racers. She played the organ and gardened hour upon hour in every season. Nearing retirement they began to spend as much time in their motor home as they did on the sailboat, often taking along their grandchildren to Leavenworth.
In her later years, Bea loved to go shopping with her sister, Margie and her granddaughter, Kristen. She also became a "snow-bird" when Margie bought a condo in Sun City West, Arizona. They spent 6 winters lawn bowling and enjoying the sun. She loved to travel. She took cruises to Alaska and Europe. She traveled to Chicago with her son, Bill and his wife, Miriam, when her grandson, Greg graduated college and again when he got married. She celebrated her birthday most years on Decatur Island in the San Juans with her extended family and was the motherly matriarch on Labor Day weekends at her family's retreat. Bea loved the outdoors and even traveled twice to the beaches of Puerto Vallarta to be a sun-bird.
We all remember Bea's spectacular 90th birthday party hosted by her son, Gerry, his wife, Cherie and her granddaughter, Angie. She was the diva of the day, even though the cake candles were lit with Gerry's blowtorch!
Her six grandchildren, Kelly, Randy, Greg, Trevor, Kristen and Angie and her six great-grandchildren, Lucy, Micki, Kenji, Kimi, Teddy and Julie will tell you how much she loved participating in their activities, parties and in their everyday life. She was also devoted to her very special Tina dog.
At the core of Bernice's being was her strong faith and her devotion to her savior, Jesus Christ. She served as a deacon at Seattle First Presbyterian Church for many years and then at Maplewood Presbyterian Church. Burial is at Evergreen Memorial Park in Enumclaw beside her loving husband.
E Harry Beck (1916 - 1990)*
Enumclaw Evergreen Memorial Park
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Record added: Jan 09, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 83195850
Your love for family and commitment to friends was a blessing to all our lives. Rest in peace dear Bernice. You are dearly missed.|
Added: Jun. 21, 2016
Rest in Peace Geraldine Beck|
Added: Jan. 9, 2012