Oct. 30, 1921 — Aug. 1, 2013
Bea passed away peacefully in her sleep at her home in Seattle Aug. 1, 2013, at the age of 91.
Bea was born in Kelso in 1921 to Thomas and Vera (Roberson) Pocan. She grew up in Kelso and graduated from Kelso High School in 1938. There were many good times with her family, cousins, aunts, uncles and friends.
She moved to the Seattle area in about 1955. She was a homemaker to her three children and, in 1964, started working for The Bon Marche in sales. With her effervescent smile and friendliness, customers would wait in line for her to help them. Bea retired in 1984 after 20 years at The Bon.
Bea loved crossword puzzles, gardening (she had a green thumb and there were always plants and flowers throughout the house and on the deck), music (she knew all the old standards by heart and with her beautiful singing voice, would often sing along or even by herself), and cooking (no one was ever hungry, there were always tasty morsels around). Bea especially loved being with family, and there were frequent get-togethers in Seattle and also trips to Kelso.
Bea and Lanny liked to travel with their dear friends Char and Steve Nelson. They traveled around the country to watch Washington Husky football games. It was like a mini vacation, and they had many good times together.
Bea is survived by her partner of 41 years, Lanny McGrew; a son, Greg (Paulette) Beck of Clinton, Wash.; two daughters, Diane (Lee) McReynolds of Port Ludlow, Wash., and Cecilia (Dave) Hyde of Port Angeles, Wash.; four granddaughters, Tamara Cash, Piper Travis, Jessica Michel and Erica Kromer; three great-granddaughters, Melanie Caples, Emily Caples and Aviana Michel; and a brother, Ron Pocan of Kelso.
She was preceded in death by her beloved brother, Jack Pocan; and her parents, Thomas and Vera Pocan, formerly of Kelso.
Bea’s family offers its heart-felt thanks to Roman Mulate of the Visiting Angels for the love and kindness she gave Bea over the four years she was with her. They think of Roman as part of the family. They also wish to thank Group Health’s Home Health Care Unit and the Group Health Hospice Unit for their support.
A graveside service is planned for 2 p.m. Thursday at Cowlitz View Memorial Gardens. Viewings are planned from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and Wednesday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at Dahl-McVicker Funeral Home.