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Baker City, Oregon
Brenda L. Beatty, 63, a longtime Baker City resident, died June 8, 2004, at her home.
Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Stephens Episcopal Church, 2177 First St. The Rev. Richard Thew will officiate. Deacon Connie Boone will assist. Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery.
Brenda was born on March 3, 1941, at Ontario to Thad P. and Genevieve Clinkingbeard Beatty. She attended school in Baker City and was a Baker High School graduate. She went on to college, getting her degree in nursing.
She was a registered nurse and worked in the operating room during all of her career, working in Baker City and Boise, Idaho, hospitals. She retired as head surgical nurse from St. Elizabeth Health Services in Baker City.
Along with her mother, she owned an antique shop in Baker City for 18 years. After her retirement, she went to work at Coles Funeral Home, working for Roger and Dawn Coles, as a receptionist. She also helped out with services and provided grief counseling. Because Brenda was raised around funeral service, she really enjoyed working at the funeral home and felt good about helping people through a difficult time.
She loved flowers and gardening and enjoyed spending time with her family. She and her mother went to San Salvador, El Salvador, in Central America to adopt her daughter Gena, who was only 2 years old at the time.
She was so proud of her daughter and her grandchildren.
She spent many wonderful times with her cousins in Boise, Idaho. She was very talented in doing crafts and was instrumental in organizing the St. Stephens Gingerbread Festival. She spent many hours in antique shops, flea markets and yard sales, looking for that elusive treasure.
Brenda was very knowledgeable about the value of items and she helped many people price their items for sale. Brenda was generous of heart and had a wonderful sense of humor.
She loved her four-legged companions as if they were her other kids. Most will remember seeing Brenda with her dog, Moppet, right beside her wherever she went. She enjoyed life and had many wonderful barbecues with friends and family.
Brenda was a member of St. Stephens Episcopal Church. She served as president of the women’s group and also served in the vestry for the church. She was a past member of Soroptimist International of Baker County, the White Nile in Boise, Idaho, and P.E.O. Chapter AX of Baker County. She volunteered for the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center for many years and was a member of Trail Tenders. She helped organize the “Class of 1959″ reunions and many other events in Baker County.
Survivors include her daughter, Gena Beatty Tran, and her husband, Kenneth, of Baker City; grandchildren, Callista Belle, and Zievan Quinten Tran; aunts, Jeanette Anderson and Jean Beatty; uncle, Bill Clinkingbeard; cousins, Charlotte Beatty Gloshen of Boise, Leslie Beatty Hayden and her husband, Glen, of Boise, Andrea Beatty Tlucek and her husband, Laddie, of Oklahoma City, Kathy Beatty Renney and her husband, Dan, of Sand Point, Idaho, Dr. Cynthia Lou Clinkingbeard of Boise, Bill Anderson and his wife, Kathy, of Boise, Joyce Anderson Welton of West Chester, Ohio, Joe Anderson and his wife, Darla, of Idaho Falls, Idaho, and Judy Anderson Hulbert and her husband, Robert, of Harpers Ferry, West Va.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and several other family members.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, June 18, 2004
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor