Geraldine Beeman passed away at home with her family by her side on Friday, April 3, 2015. She was born October 29, 1939 in Tonasket to parents James and Rosie (Siegrist) Rider.
Rosie married Duward Scott in 1945 and Gerry became the daughter of Duward’s heart. Gerry was raised up in the Bonaparte Lake area. She went to Wauconda School through the eighth grade. She attended high school in Tonasket, graduating in 1957. During her high school years she was Princess Wauconda, Tonasket Rodeo Princess and in 1957 was Tonasket Rodeo Queen.
On January 25, 1958, Gerry married Bert Beeman and they lived in the Loomis and Tonasket Area. In 1972, they built a home on Aeneas Lake and raised three girls, Sally Jo (Allen) Utecht, Rosalie (Terry) Kuhlmann and Peggy (Dwight) Burton. Gerry worked in the apple industry for many years, working as a checker and dispatcher for Regal Fruit and Bluebird until 2009.
Gerry was a member for many, many years of the Tonasket Eagles and Tonasket American Legion Auxiliary. During this time, Gerry was involved with the Tonasket Comancheros. Gerry and Bert organized the Pony Express from 1991 to 2000. Gerry tended the Rodeo grounds making it the park that it is today. If you couldn’t reach her at home, you could find her down there working. Bert and Gerry were chosen Grand Marshalls for the Tonasket Founders Day Rodeo in 2001. Gerry’s life was her family and her happiest times were at the family gatherings.
Gerry is survived by her husband Bert, her three daughters, one brother Mike (Glenda) Scott, one sister Pat (Yeg) Wandler, grandchildren Chereẻ and Jason Utecht, Josh and Zack Kuhlmann, David (Kellie) Burton, two great grandchildren Kady and Karder Burton and Numerous Nieces and Nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Rosie and Duward Scott and James Rider and grandson, Willie Burton and nephew, Brian Wandler.
Services will be held Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 11 a.m. at the Tonasket Free Methodist Church with a luncheon to follow at the Tonasket Eagles. In lieu of flowers the family request memorials are made to Relay for Life/Angels Among Us, 131 N. Tonasket Ave., Tonasket, WA 98855 or the Willie Burton Memorial Scholarship Fund at US Bank, Tonasket.
The family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to Frontier Hospice.
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Bergh Funeral Service of Oroville/Tonasket in care of arrangements.