Marie Beach

Died: Thu., Oct. 19, 2017


Mass of Christian Burial

10:00 AM Sat., Nov. 04, 2017
Location: St. Mary's Catholic Church


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Pendleton resident Marie J. Beach 93, died Thursday, October 19, 2017 at Suttle Care Retirement in Pendleton, Oregon. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 am Saturday, November 4, 2017 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Pendleton.

Marie was born September 6, 1924 in Ontario, Oregon. She was the daughter of Arie J. Smit and Marie J. Vendel. She attended grade school in Vale, Oregon and attended high school at St. Francis in Baker City, Oregon. After he schooling, she moved back to work on her parent’s farm and help raise her younger siblings.

In July of 1948 she married Robert Beach in Ontario, Oregon. In 1950, the couple moved to Portland for Robert to attend Museum of Art School. While in Portland , Marie worked for the University of Portland. In 1963 the family moved to Pendleton and shortly thereafter she started working at the Umatilla County Assessor’s Office where she retired almost 30 years later.

Marie had a great love of life and always enjoyed entertaining, dancing, and gardening. She was a devoted attendee at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Pendleton. Her love of family was central to her life and brought her great joy. Marie also enjoyed many years of volunteering in the gift shop at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Pendleton.

Marie is survived by sons Robert Breach Jr. of Newberg Oregon and Jim Beach of Bellevue, Washington; brothers Fritz Smit of Prineville, Oregon; Bill Smit of Kent, Washington; and Case Smit of Gladstone, Oregon along with Six grandchildren.

Marie was preceded in death by her husband Robert Beach, daughter Christine Beach, her parents, two brothers, and one sister.

Special appreciation to the staff of Suttle Care Retirement and Georgie Overstreet for their compassion and devotion to Marie over the last several years.

Memorial contributions may be sent to St. Mary’s Catholic Church or PAWS in Pendleton.

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