Beatrice Ida “Bea” Harwell
December 17, 1930 ~ February 20, 2014
Beatrice “Bea” Harwell, local resident of Cashmere, WA since 1987, passed away at age 83, on February 20, 2014, after a courageous battle that included a variety of health issues. Bea was born on December 17, 1930, to Eugene L. and Helen F. Smith of Ridgecrest, CA. She was raised with three brothers, all deceased, and sister, Martha Ledwidge of Mojave, CA. Bea moved to Sunnymead (now Moreno Valley) after her marriage to Thomas W. Harwell. There, they raised four daughters, moving to Huntington Beach, CA in 1972. They became active members in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, where they volunteered many hours assisting in search and rescue efforts aboard their boat, the Ida Bea. In 1987, they retired to Cashmere, WA.
Bea loved gardening and began putting her skills to use in creating wonderful flower gardens at her and Tom’s home. She became known for her wonderful gardens, along with her talent in oil painting. Both hobbies brought her much enjoyment and her home showcased both her flowers and many paintings. Although she was very talented with an eye for the beauty in life, Bea will be most known for the love and affection she showered on her daughters and grandchildren. We are forever grateful for her caring and loving heart.
Bea’s husband passed away on September 13, 2004. Bea leaves behind her daughters: Connie Browning and husband, Michael of Cashmere, Linda Stover and husband, Lynn of Huntington Beach, CA, Debbie Lorenzo and husband, David of Clinton, MT and Kim Phillips and husband, Bob of Cashmere. Bea also left behind nine grandchildren: Cara and Joseph Lorenzo, Bobby Phillips, Kristi Phillips-Sparks and Brett Phillips, Lindsay and Lauren Stover, and Brandon and Brienna Browning; and one great-grandson, Jansen Sparks.
A Memorial Service was held at the United Methodist Church in Cashmere. Burial was at Tahoma National Cemetery, next to her loving husband, Tom. The family would like to extend special thanks to everyone who assisted in Bea’s care during her illness.