Beatrice Richard, 88, died Monday, December 15, 2014, at Heritage Park Care Center in Carbondale, Colorado, following a brief illness.
She is survived by her daughter, Patricia Smith (Basil Smith) of Snowmass Village, Colorado, and a granddaughter, Dana Harig of Princeton, New Jersey, who brought her great joy. She was preceded in death by her son, Carlos Calado. and her brothers. Arthur and Ralph Serode.
Born June 28, 1926, in New Bedford, Massachusetts, she was the daughter of the late Ralph and Mary Serode. After graduating from high school, Bea married and had two children. She worked hard all her life to assure that her children had a better life, and they were the first in her family to go to college. In New Bedford, she was very active in the Democratic Party, holding various positions. In 1993, Bea moved to Wilton, Connecticut, to live with her daughter Pat and son-in-law Basil, helping raise her granddaughter, Dana. While in Wilton, she was a member of the Wilton Congregational Church and was active in the Encore Club. She enjoyed playing bridge, going to lunch with friends, bowling, and seeing movies and plays. In 2011 Bea moved with her family to Colorado.
Bea was a dog lover. An avid reader, she read four to five books per week. She loved people and gave frequent hugs and kisses. To her, everyone was beautiful, and she was like a ray of sunshine, brightening up everyone’s day. Bea will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
A memorial service will be held at Heritage Park Care Center, 1200 Village Road, Carbondale, Colorado, on December 29, 2014, at 3:00 PM. Burial will take place in Wilton, Connecticut, at a later date.
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