PAYNESVILLE, Mich. -Beatrice N. Meyer was born in Paynesville, Mich. on Sept. 14, 1929, to parents Charles and Elizabeth Nurmi and passed away on Jan. 30, 2013.
In 1947, she graduated from Hancock High School and attended Michigan Technological University and received a bachelors degree in education at Michigan State University in 1952. After graduation she taught in Ferndale, Tapiola (Dolle) and Holt, Mich. After receiving her master's degree in guidance counseling, she went on to teach in school districts in Indianapolis, Ind., Billings, Mont. and Woodridge, Ill.
In 1953, she married David Meyers of Chassell. She is survived by her husband of 60 years; three children, D. Keith Meyers of Lawrence, Kan., Kirsten Olson of Lansing, Mich., and Kimberly (Arn) McIntyre of Rockford, Mich.; plus seven grandchildren, Rebecca, Amy and Erin Meyers, Aaron and Kayla Olson, and Raija and Keaton McIntyre.
Bea led an eventful life. To meet a local need after her children started school, she opened a private kindergarten in Downers Grove, Ill. for five years, before continuing her career in Woodridge School District from where she retired in 1988. While living in Downers Grove, she was involved with Finn Ladies of Chicago, Finnish American Club of Chicago and volunteered as a Girl Scout leader.
After retirement, she and Dave moved to Holiday, Fla. There she was active in the Finnish American Club of New Port Richey, Fla. She participated in the Scandinavian Club and their folk dancing group. She was an active bowler, loved to play golf and was very active in the League of Woman Voters and AAUW. She loved to travel the world with her husband and visit relatives and friends in Finland. Most of all, she enjoyed entertaining friends, family and grandchildren on Lake Shore Drive in Chassell. The coffee pot was always on.
In addition to her other activities, Beatrice served on the Finnish Council of Finlandia University and the board of Salolampi Foundation (Finnish Language Camp), Bemidji, Minn. for over thirty years. Her Finnish heritage was very important to her. The family asks that donations be made in her name to the organizations listed.
A memorial service will be held at the Finnish American Club at Madison & Delaware, NPR on Feb. 2, 2013, at 2 pm.