OBITUARY

Viola Anna Beach

December 24, 1919July 18, 2013

Vi passed away July 18, 2013. She was born December 24, 1919 in Hecla, South Dakota to William Corlis Jr. and Jennie Sidman Corlis. She and her family moved to Renton in 1937 where she graduated from Renton High School , met and married the love of her life George R. (Bob) Beach. They were married on April 19, 1939 and celebrated the next 74 years together.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her grandson Gregory Lee Hallock, her sisters Donna Alberts, Doris Anderson and Iva Collins her brother Arvid Corlis.

She is survived by her loving husband Bob, children Bobbie (Lee) Hallock, Iola (Paul) Rehn, grandson Jeffrey (Jessica) Rehn and two great grandchildren Hallie and Colton.

Our mother will always remain to us the most beautiful, fashionable mother possible. She was an experienced buyer for I Magnins, worked at the Renton Library, worked as a bookkeeper and later waitressed for Dad’s mother’s restaurant “Elsie’s Lunch” in Renton . Mom had a passion for dancing and danced with such style and grace. She danced with Dad and to his harmonica and violin music right up to three months before passing. She loved all holidays and family gatherings and attended Sunday church services and church activities at the Renton Highlands Community church with Dad for over fifty years.

A Memorial service will be held at the Highlands Community Church, Renton, Washington on August 8, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. Donations may be made to the charity of your choice. Please share your thoughts and memories of Vi at w.w.w.greenwoodmempark.com.

Services

  • Memorial Service Thursday, August 8, 2013
REMEMBERING

Viola Anna Beach

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August 12, 2013

I first met Vi when she, Bob and their daughter's, Bobbie and Iola were visiting our family in Minnesota. I was only five but still remember how attractive and charming I thought she was. She and Bob were the beloved niece and nephew whom my parents spoke of fondly and were as close as siblings to my brother, Clifford.
In the 1970's my young family and my mother moved to the Seattle area and were fortunate to be welcomed by Vi and Bob. Vi was gracious and supportive of all of us and helped us to feel at home.
I know that our family is among a large community of fellow mourners who will miss her. She leaves behind many wonderful memories from her generous, well-lived life.

Arlene and Bill Collinsworth

Jeff White

August 8, 2013

I will always remember Viola (Vi) as a well spoken, well dressed, lovely woman with a great smile who cherished Bob. I first met Bob and Vi when I moved in next door to them when I was nine years old. I always loved seeing her and hearing her voice. I especially loved her baking and enjoyed the glass of water with lemon that she would give to me on hot days. Vi worked at the library at the time and Bob was retired and unloading Safeway trucks at night for extra spending money. My last vision of Vi was seeing her and Bob drive up 10th street in the 1965 Mustang (which Bob always said was her car) with all the windows down and her silver hair blowing in the wind. It was apparent that she was admiring Bob with the most immense smile! They both looked like two 16 year olds in love who had just borrowed their parent's car for the afternoon. That three second memory is how I will always remember Vi. -Jeff White, Kirkland, WA

Jeff White

August 8, 2013

I will always remember Viola (Vi) as a well spoken, well dressed, lovely woman with a great smile who cherished Bob. I first met Bob and Vi when I moved in next door to them when I was nine years old. I always loved seeing her and hearing her voice. I especially loved her baking and enjoyed the glass of water with lemon that she would give to me on hot days. Vi worked at the library at the time and Bob was retired and unloading Safeway trucks at night for extra spending money. My last vision of Vi was seeing her and Bob drive up 10th street in the 1965 Mustang (which Bob always said was her car) with all the windows down and her silver hair blowing in the wind. It was apparent that she was admiring Bob with the most immense smile! They both looked like two 16 year olds in love who had just borrowed their parent's car for the afternoon. That three second memory is how I will always remember Vi.

Carletta Rhen-Mlodzik

August 6, 2013

Bob and Vi came to visit us many times throughout the years - as kids and as adults. I will always remember Vi as a positive influence to us. She was always happy and had that bright smile and laugh that always lit up the room and made her so pleasant to be with. We will surely always think of her that way. Our thoughts are with all of her family now.

VI BESLOW

July 29, 2013

I always enjoyed being with Vi, down at the Renton VFW or while Bob was
entertaining up at evergreen. She was one great lady and will be missed.

Vi Beslow (seattle)

July 26, 2013

She was Vi to everyone and Mama to me. She was so beautiful all of her life. On July 18th she took the hand of Jesus and went to be with her Heavenly family to wait for us to join her there. I love you and will miss you every day until we are together again. Bobbie

Sheila Verschaeve

July 26, 2013

Vi was one of the sweetest women I have ever known, and always so poised. I looked
up to her. Wishing you peace and good memories.

FROM THE FAMILY