Louise U. Beauvais
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May 23, 1925 September 2, 2013
Born and raised in Spearfish, South Dakota, she was the youngest of 13 children raised by a lumberman and his loving wife in the Black Hills. Growing up at that time and in that area, she remembered the penny jar that sat on the teacher's desk where donations from the students would be collected and go towards the expenses of carving out the figures on Mount Rushmore. Her favorite spots around town were Lookout Mountain and Spearfish Creek. After graduating from Spearfish High School, she headed west to San Diego and worked as one of the original "Rosy the Riveters" building B-24 airplanes during WW II for Consolidated Vultee, which was later known as Convair, and then finally General Dynamics. After the war, she remained at Convair and fell in love with a newly hired former Marine, Alan Beauvais. Their courtship consisted of mainly late night, early-morning bowling and playing cards. After several years of wedded bliss together in San Diego, Convair built a facility in Pomona and they moved to the local area. They lived in Ontario for several years, then moved to Upland in 1961, where they remained until 2008. Louise was always devoted to her family and supported them with her activities. Active in the local PTA, Louise filled the positions many times as President, Vice-President, Secretary and Parliamentarian. She was also a long-standing member and elder at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Ontario. She was active with the church's Esther Circle Bible study, the Mariners group, her ladies card club, taught Sunday School, and for six years worked as the church's secretary. More than most other things, that seemed to be one of the most fulfilling periods in her life.
Preceding her in death have been her husband of 59 years, Alan, and all but one sibling.
Survived by sister Avis Sherman of Livermore, CA, daughter Emily Shaw of Peachtree City, GA, son David Alan of La Mesa, CA, son Daniel Bruce of Rancho Cucamonga, grandchildren Bill Drysdale of Peachtree City, GA, John Drysdale of Long Beach, CA, Christine Peterson of Peachtree City, GA, Katherine Beauvais of San Diego, CA, Joshua, Jacob, and Kristen Beauvais of Rancho Cucamonga, CA, and three great-grand children.
Memorial service will be held at Northkirk Presbyterian Church, 9101 19th St., Rancho Cucamonga, Saturday, Oct. 12 at 11:00am.
Donations to your local
are appreciated in lieu of flowers.
Published in Inland Valley Daily Bulletin on Oct. 8, 2013