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December 16, 1921 - September 8, 2015 A loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother and caring friend. Bea passed away on September 8, comforted by her two daughters, Gloria Pink and Rosanne Polidora and son Marvin Benson and sons-in-law, Richard Pink and Jim Polidora. Bea was born in 1921 in New York to Rose & Max Davis. The family including brother, Barney, moved to Los Angeles when Bea was a young girl. Bea attended John Burroughs Junior High School and graduated from Los Angeles High School in 1939. She attended UCLA where she met her future husband, Alfred Blonsky. Bea was happily married to Alfred for 61 years and lived and raised their children in Sherman Oaks and Tarzana, CA. Bea was a very loving wife and mother. She raised four children: Gloria, Rosanne, Marvin and Gordon, all of whom graduated from college, two of whom became lawyers and one became a teacher and the other an executive recruiter. During most of these years of raising a family, Bea worked for over 20 years at UCLA as an Administrative Assistant with security clearance in the Nuclear Physics Department. While working at UCLA, she often jogged on the track with John Wooden, whom she said greatly influenced her life about the importance of helping others. Bea loved the San Fernando Valley, where she and Alfred owned a chain of seven women's clothing stores named Garland's, which were located in the Sherman Oaks Fashion Square as well as other locations throughout the Los Angeles area. She was very active in the Tarzana Homeowners Association and Neighborhood Watch Program. Her friendships were numerous, all of whom were on the "Bea Team" as Bea truly had a very gregarious personality and a wonderful laugh and sense of humor. She enjoyed a rich quality of life and stayed very active and until recently, enjoyed a respectable game of golf with her son Marvin, up until 90, not her score, but her age. Bea was always very upbeat, a terrific conversationalist as well as a creative seamstress who enjoyed creating and sewing fabulous Halloween costumes for her children. Bea loved dressing up for dinner or the theater - so befitting the elegant woman she was. Bea is survived by her children, Marvin Benson, Gloria Pink, Rosanne Polidora and Gordon Benson, grandson, Brian Benson, her sisters in law, Dororthy Friss and Tonia Davis, and close friends, Linda Pixley, Helen Mosk and Vera Babb, and her beloved care-giver of three years, Marilou Bellanger. A memorial service by Rabbi Jay Levy will take place at Hillside Memorial Park on September 25 at 10:00 a.m.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Sept. 10 to Sept. 13, 2015
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