Beatrice Ann McMinds


Beatrice Ann McMinds, a longtime resident of Aberdeen, passed away at Panorama City Convalescent Center on March 14, 2013, at the age of 100. Bea and her twin sister, Barbara, were born in Centralia, Washington, on August 10, 1912, to Walter and Mary Preble. The family moved to Pacific Beach and later to Aberdeen.

Bea graduated from Weatherwax High School in 1929 and from Washington State Normal School (now Central Washington University) in 1935. She married John McMinds on December 26, 1937 in Aberdeen and taught at Washington Elementary School in Hoquiam for many years before her retirement. She was a charter member of the old Young Mother’s Club, P. E. O., and the Aberdeen First Presbyterian Church.

Bea enjoyed traveling and she and her husband made a number of trips to Europe and Hawaii. She also loved to play bridge, but her real passion was watching the Seattle Mariners on television.

Bea was preceded in death by her parents, her husband; her older brother, Charles; her older sister, Margaret Carns; and her twin sister, Barbara Meston. She is survived by her brother, Robert J. Preble of Aberdeen; sons, Donald L. of Ocean Shores, Douglas J. of Port Townsend and Michael W. of Seattle; four grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, 2013, at the Aberdeen First Presbyterian Church. Donations in her memory may be made to: Chapter BC, P.E.O. c/o Ina Rowle, P. O. Box 124, Grayland, WA 98547.