Marie Julia (Johnson) Beasley (1930 - 2018)

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Marie Beasley, 87, passed away peacefully of natural causes on April 1, 2018, with family by her side. She was born in Angoon, AK on November 17, 1930 to Samuel G. and Minnie D. Johnson. Her Tlingit names were Gaashkaak' Tlaa and Ch'a.aawdul.aat; she was Eagle/Bear- Teikweidi. After attending grade school in Angoon, Marie went to Sheldon Jackson School in Sitka for grades 7-12. She attended Griffin Business College in Seattle, WA. Marie worked for the State of Alaska for 30 years; she was secretary to the three commissioners.

In November 1955, Marie Johnson married Matthew Garcia in Juneau and they had four children. Fourteen years after losing her first husband in a boating accident, Marie Garcia met and married her second husband, Charles W. Beasley in February 1977. After retiring in the mid-80s, Marie and Charlie moved to Washington State and made their home in Lynnwood. Marie's favorite hobby was gardening; she had beautiful roses and a colorful variety of flowers.

Marie was predeceased by her parents, Samuel G. and Minnie D. Johnson; sister Adeline Johnson; seven Johnson brothers: Joseph, Harold, Simon, Walter, Wilbur, Herbert and Daniel; first husband Matthew Garcia; daughter Kathleen Marie Garcia; son Matthew Charles Garcia; and second husband of 27 years, Charles W. Beasley.

She is survived by her daughter Marilynn (Mel) Torgerson of Sequim; son Timothy H. Garcia of Wasilla; grandson Matthew Travis Torgerson of Renton; grandson Timothy Samuel Torgerson of Palmer; seven Beasley step-sons, five in WA and Rick and Mick Beasley of Juneau; sister Virginia J. Kennedy of Juneau; cousin Selina Everson of Juneau; cousin William (Mona) Johnson of Anchorage; numerous nieces, nephews and extended family. Also very dear to Marie was her lifelong friend of 75 years, Mary Jones of Anchorage, AK.

In the future, Marie's ashes will be taken to Juneau, as she requested, and at that time an informal gathering of family and friends will be planned.

Condolences may be sent to 21 Kula Lane, Sequim, WA 98382.
Published in The Juneau Empire from Apr. 11 to May 10, 2018