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Beatrice Odewalt

Beatrice Odewalt FORT MILLER – On a clear cold Groundhog's Day, Beatrice Jennie Robertson was delivered to Foster Leslie Robertson and his wife Winifred Annie Appleton in Pittsfield, MA, Feb. 2, 1925. Little “Honey Bee” grew up on the family farm on Churchill St. with her beloved Grandfather Truman and Grandmother Emily Louise (Melvin-Appleton) Stearns. These much-loved grandparents raised a little girl to become an amazing, strong, resilient woman. After 88 years of life, some joyous and some difficult, Beatrice slipped away in the arms of an angel to be delivered to her maker. She was surrounded by love, in her home, with her devoted family on Monday, July 22, 2013. Bee practiced the Christian and then later, the Morman faiths. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her three husbands, Carl King, Edward Fosmire and Jack Odewalt. After graduating from Pittsfield High School, Bee enrolled in nursing during World War II. That career changed to homemaker with her marriage to Carl Clifford King, Sr., who served in the Navy. They had four children; Lorraine “Lori” Emma (Juan) King-Monge of Amsterdam, Leslie Craig (Linda) King and Carl “Skip” Clifford (Alice) King, Jr., all of Fort Miller and Patricia Ann (Roy) King-McIntyre of Saint Cloud, FL. Bee is also survived by her grandchildren, Gina, Beth, Anna, Carla and Ray who are Lori's children; AnnMarie, Robert, Chris and Peter who are Leslie's children; Tina and Brenda who are Skip's children and Steve, Michelle and Tawni who are Patty's children. Siblings to Bee include Ken Howlett, Steve Howlett-Wapaha, Foster, Jr., Lori Ann, Dorothy, Elizabeth and Mary Louise Robertson, and Daniel Fallon. Jack Babbitts was her special third son from FL and now AZ. She is also survived by many great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. Besides being an excellent mother, Bee had a multitude of other occupations in MA, CT and NY including nursing, factory worker at Sprague's, GE and American Thread, best waitress wherever she worked, tax consultant and preparer. She worked as many as three jobs when necessary to help support her family. She retired from NY to Florida in the 1970's only to run an RV park, deliver newspapers, then to obtain an H&R Block franchise. She returned to Fort Miller in her mid- seventies and worked for Green Thumb until her eyesight failed. Her activities and hobbies included knitting, crocheting, crafts, family genealogy, selling Avon and always enjoying time spent with her family and friends. Bee's family held their annual Mother's Day and Christmas get-togethers at her home for over twenty years. Services will be private at the convenience of the family. Lori, Les, Skip and Patty thank all family, friends, caregivers, and Washington County Hospice who helped comfort their Mom during her illness. A special thanks to Mom's other daughter, “Alice the nurse” who gave countless hours of love and care to Mom during her last months. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made, in loving memory of Bee, to a . Arrangements are under the direction of the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes of 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY. Online remembrances may be made at www.burkefuneralhome.com.

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Published in The Record on July 24, 2013
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