ACADEMIA - Beatrice Ann Beers, 88, of Academia, died at 1:50 p.m. Saturday, May 4, 2013, at the Locust Grove Retirement Village, Mifflin.
Born on Nov. 21, 1924, in Academia, Juniata County, she was a daughter of the late William Edgar Sr. and Helen Gertrude (Brackbill) Beers.
Surviving are: a brother, Silas S. Beers and his wife, Marjorie (Newman) Beers, of Whiting, N.J.; a sister-in-law, Helen G. Beers, of Mifflin; several nieces and nephews, Janet Beers, of Manchester, N.J., Susan and her husband, Rev. Michael Heath Browder, of Farmville and Hopewell, Va., Steven T. Beers, of Academia, and William A. Beers and his wife, Lori, of Toms River, N.J.; three grandnieces; and a grandnephew.
One brother, William E. Beers Jr., preceded her in death.
She attended the Academia School and was a 1942 graduate of Juniata Joint High School, Mifflintown.
During World War II, she worked at the W. E. and R. A. Beers Feed and Flour Mill, in Academia. She later worked for the Bell Telephone Company, in Harrisburg, after which she was employed by the Juniata Valley Bank, in Mifflintown, and retired in 1986 from the Pennsylvania Power and Light Company, with 27 years of service.
Bea was also active in local government, serving on the Beale Township Election Board and as the Beale Township auditor, for two terms.
Beatrice was a member of the Lower Tuscarora Presbyterian Church, in Academia, where she taught Sunday school and vacation Bible school for many years.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 18, 2013, at the Lower Tuscarora Presbyterian Church, Academia, with the Rev. John C. Park officiating. A private burial was held in the New Church Hill Cemetery, Port Royal.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Miss Beers' memory be made to the Lower Tuscarora Presbyterian Church, c/o The Repair Fund (for the renovation of the church's fellowship hall), 54 Church Road, Mifflin, PA 17058.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Brown Funeral Homes Inc., 100 Bridge St., Mifflintown.
Online condolences and tributes may be sent by visiting www.brownfuneralhomesinc.com.