OBITUARY

Alyce H. Beaulaurier

June 24, 1928August 30, 2018

Alyce Hazen Beaulaurier was taken to Heaven on August 30, 2018. Her heart and soul were at peace.

Alyce was born on June 24, 1928 to Robert and Thelma Urquhart in Yakima, Washington. She was raised on her parents’ dairy farm in Cottonwood Canyon. Alyce was the oldest of four children. As a young woman, she helped out on the dairy ranch every day.

Alyce attended Armstrong Elementary School and Cowiche High School where she always joked about sliding down the fire escape tube in a dress flying up around her knees! In her youth, she spent time with her aunt, Miss Irma Hazen, who gave her the gift of education, love, style, and grace.

Alyce married the love of her life, Paul J. Beaulaurier, on June 30, 1947 at Holy Rosary Church in Moxee, Washington. They shared 71 beautiful years together. Alyce and Paul met at a dance at the Playland Dance Pavilion. Dad always said the first time he saw Mom he thought “I’m going to marry that girl” – and he did! Alyce and Paul have five children: Kristine E. Sims, Scott J. Beaulaurier, Rev. Brooks F. Beaulaurier, Denielle H. Beaulaurier, and Brent P. Beaulaurier.

Alyce will be remembered for many great things. Among these, and closest to her heart, was that she converted to Catholicism prior to her marriage to Paul. She shared her faith with others throughout her entire life with truth and love. Alyce and Paul were very much involved in all aspects of St. Paul Cathedral Church. They were instrumental in the start of the Resurrection Group, serving meals and helping heal souls after many funerals. They were also actively involved in the Serra Group, Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, St. Paul Cathedral Parish Council, and many other church activities.

Mom was always present and very much involved in the raising of her children and their activities. As with all moms, she had eyes in the back of her head. We couldn’t get away with anything.

Through her marriage to Paul, Alyce had an extended family to include nieces, nephews, and foster children that swept throughout Cowiche Canyon, Moxee, and the Lower Valley. Extended family was a very important part of Alyce’s life. She was a nurturer and their door was always open to those in need. Alyce had a long, successful career. She worked for KIT Radio spending many hours on air as a reporter. She had her own show on KIMA TV, and worked with Uncle Jimmy’s Club House with Montana Tom. They always joked how Alyce had to smoke a cigarette on TV for one show and she coughed through the entire show. Alyce and Paul often listened to her on tape following a show on the radio or TV. Paul shared that Alyce was her own hardest critic.

Alyce worked for Bill Wyman automobile dealership, the administrative assistant at St. Elizabeth School of Nursing until the school closed, and for Fred S. James Insurance agency among other ventures. She never sat still. Alyce was always on the “cutting edge” throughout her personal and professional life. Alyce and Paul spent many years travelling in their motor home through Washington, Oregon, California, and Nevada. Throughout these adventures they made many lifetime friendships.

Alyce was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Thelma Urquhart, her brother William Urquhart, her sister Emily Foster, and her son-in-law Bernard J. Sims.

Alyce is survived by her husband, Paul J. Beaulaurier, her brother Robert W. Urquhart (Hazel), children Kristine E. (Beaulaurier) Sims, Scott J. Beaulaurier (Patti), Rev. Brooks F. Beaulaurier, Denielle H. Beaulaurier (Terry P. Abeyta), and Brent P. Beaulaurier (Rochelle L. Dixon); five grandchildren, Matthew S. Beaulaurier (Niccole), Brian P. Beaulaurier, Dianna L. Beaulaurier, Kathryn E. Sims, Colette M. (Beaulaurier) Wright (Derek), and Hunter L. Wilson; three great-grandchildren, Kallen T. Wright and twins Pearson A. and Jane A. Beaulaurier.

Visitation will be held at Keith & Keith Funeral Home on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (902 W. Yakima Avenue, Yakima, WA). A Vigil will be held on Thursday, September 6, 2018 at St. Paul Cathedral (15 S. 12th Ave., Yakima, WA 98902) at 7:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, September 7, 2018 at St. Paul Cathedral at 10:00 am. A reception will follow the mass on the third floor at St. Paul School. Burial service for immediate family only will be held at Calvary Cemetery following the reception.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Msgr. John Ecker Foundation to benefit Christ The Teacher Catholic School or a charity of donor’s choice through Keith & Keith Funeral Home.

To leave a message or memory for the family, please go to www.keithandkeith.com. Keith & Keith Funeral Home is caring for the family.

Paul always said, “There are many women in this world, but very few ladies and Alyce was one of those ladies.”

  • FAMILY

  • Alyce was born on June 24, 1928 to Robert and Thelma Urquhart in Yakima, Washington.

    She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Thelma Urquhart, her brother William Urquhart, her sister Emily Foster, and her son-in-law Bernard J. Sims.

    Alyce is survived by her husband, Paul J. Beaulaurier, her brother Robert W. Urquhart (Hazel), children Kristine E. (Beaulaurier) Sims, Scott J. Beaulaurier (Patti), Rev. Brooks F. Beaulaurier, Denielle H. Beaulaurier (Terry P. Abeyta), and Brent P. Beaulaurier (Rochelle L. Dixon); five grandchildren, Matthew S. Beaulaurier (Niccole), Brian P. Beaulaurier, Dianna L. Beaulaurier, Kathryn E. Sims, Colette M. (Beaulaurier) Wright (Derek), and Hunter L. Wilson; three great-grandchildren, Kallen T. Wright and twins Pearson A. and Jane A. Beaulaurier.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Matthew Beaulaurier
  • Dianna Beaulaurier
  • Brian Beaulaurier
  • Kathryn Sims
  • Colette Wright
  • Hunter Wilson
  • Doyle Urquhart, Honorary
  • DONATIONS

  • In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Paul’s Cathedral, through Keith & Keith Funeral Home.
  • Donations may also be made to the Msgr. John Ecker Foundation to benefit Christ The Teacher Catholic School through Keith & Keith Funeral Home.
  • Donations may also be made to a charity of donor’s choice through Keith & Keith Funeral Home.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation Wednesday, September 5, 2018
  • Vigil Service Thursday, September 6, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Friday, September 7, 2018

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Private Family Graveside Committal
REMEMBERING

Alyce H. Beaulaurier

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Terry Abeyta

September 7, 2018

Alyce was a truly remarkable, faith-filled, loving woman. I met her 19 years ago through her daughter Denielle. She immediately welcomed me into their family. Alyce, Paul, and the rest of the family made me feel at home. Over the time I knew her, I never heard Alyce say a harsh word about another person. She always looked for the best in others. I learned that she welcomed many others into their home over the years. I also learned that Alyce had been an accomplished business woman who had her own TV and radio shows. She and Paul also raised five wonderful children. I see so much of her in them.
Alyce and I had something in common. She and I shared both our Catholic faith and that we chose to convert as adults. She was a woman who lived Christ's message to love others as yourself. I have no doubt that she's in Heaven today, showing her style and grace, smiling that impish smile of hers, and reaching out a helping hand to others. When I get to Heaven's Gate, if St. Peter shows any doubt about letting me in, I'm going to say "I'm with Alyce!" Knowing her made me a better person. I will miss my friend. May Alyce rest in Peace and may God comfort her family.
Terry Abeyta

Mary Camden

September 5, 2018

Alyce was a gracious and very competent lady who gave much to those around her. I met her through our connection to St. Paul’s, she will be missed. My sincere condolences to Paul and her family.

Paul Ackerman

September 3, 2018

I first met Alyce years ago, when my wife worked at Blue Cross..............she was her employer and a good one. She was always so patient and loving and kind. We have known her for many years..............................she was one of the most gracious women, we knew..................always there for others. We got to know her family and they are so gracious, as well. She always had the time to smile and talk with you.We will always think of her with much love, etc. Praying that Jesus will comfort Paul and Denille and Brooks and the other son. May Jesus watch over you and give you peace, during this difficult time. Love all of you.

Sherman and Judy Hill

September 3, 2018

Our family are former neighbors of Alyce and Paul and their lovely children. How saddened we are to learn of your great loss. Alyce, always gracious the minute we walked in the door, always cheerful as she worked in the lovely flowers along 24th Avenue, she was a beautiful individual in every way one can think of. May your firm faith, along with the support of your many, many friends, uphold hold you during this hard time. We wish we could be with you.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY