Beatrice was born on Jan. 6, 1933, in Ontario, Calif., to Agustin and Catalina Valles. She was the seventh of 10 children.
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Her life was filled with many experiences - one being: while attending a segregated elementary school, she danced for the consul general to Chile. Beatrice attended and graduated from Chaffey High School in 1951. Later she met her future husband, Jesus Arellano while working at a ranch in Ontario. They were married two years later at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Through their faith, love and hard work they raised 10 children.
In 1984, she was elected mother of the year by the parishioners of St. Peter Claver Catholic Church in Simi Valley, Calif. The pastor at the time stated "…She minds no one else's business but her own and her family is all that matters."
She achieved her personal goal of becoming a sister of The Poor Clares of the Third Order, a contemplative Order of Sisters in 2001.
She moved to Emmett, Idaho, in 2004 to be close to her daughter, Susan and son, Brian. She was accompanied by her eldest son, Mark and later joined by her daughters, Janine and Laurette.
She passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, in Emmett at the age of 80. She is survived by her husband, Jesus; 10 children, Mark, Gerald, Susan, Patricia, Brian, Roger, Laurette, Leslie, Janine and Jeffrey; 26 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; six siblings; and a multitude of extended family and friends. We will all miss her very much.
She was a pious woman, model wife and selfless mother.
Through her love, laughter, kindness and generosity, she touched many lives who continue to remember the examples she set.
Vigil service will be held Monday, Jan. 21, 2012, at 7 p.m. at Sacred Heart and Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2012, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Emmett. Services are under the direction of the Potter Funeral Chapel, Emmett.
Potter Funeral Chapel
228 East Main Street
Emmett, ID 83617
Published in Emmett Messenger Index from Jan. 18 to Feb. 17, 2013