You were born in 1932, in Turlock, California, and you accomplished so much in your life. You passed away peacefully at the age of 89, the way we all wish to go! Now we will celebrate the life you left behind, but know you are back with Dad and Jan where you belong. I was so thankful to have spent the day before you passed with you talking about family and a little about life! That was a precious memory that I will always keep. Your life was so full of adventure starting with the cabin in the mountains near Kennedy Meadows as a young girl, your Dad built for us in 1947. I will always cherish riding mini bikes, fishing, horseback riding, snowmobiling, and just sitting on the porch having that first cup of coffee watching the birds and animals of the forest. You married Dad on July 25, 1954, this making it your 67th anniversary, so I am glad you get to celebrate with him this year, he's been waiting patiently! We neglected to inform you of the passing of your eldest daughter Jan in July 2018, but I'm sure she was waiting with open arms to greet you and you'll both be able to once again celebrate your birthdays on January 11, what a special gift.
I found a few special surprises after you left us, including: The cowboy you fell in love with at Kennedy Meadows when you were just a young girl, way before Dad came along, and the fact that back in the day school teachers were fired when it was discovered you were pregnant with your first child, boy have women's rights come a long way! Which is funny since you spent most of your 31 years as a teacher, teaching countless kindergarteners. I can't even imagine how many lives you have touched.
But I think you will be remembered most for dancing the night away with Dad at the Kennedy Meadows Saloon, snowmobiling like a mad woman from cabin to cabin just for cocktail hour, loving Dad with all of your heart, and always supporting us girls and all of the grandchildren. We will always remember you loved the color purple and when we see it, we will be thinking of you, and the countless friends and family you shared your Mickey Mouse joke with, still makes me blush.
I will miss you dearly and we are so lucky to have had You and Dad, who loved life, invoked adventure, and helped shape Jan, Patty and I into strong, successful and loving women. So, for now happy trails to you until we meet again, you will be missed but never forgotten.
A celebration of life is planned for Elizabeth and Norman Beyer and their eldest daughter Janis Smith, at Kennedy Meadows on July 24, 2021, if you would like to attend the family would love to have you, please contact Valerie for RSVP at 209.559-4067.
Published in Sonora Union Democrat from Apr. 19 to Apr. 20, 2021.