BEATRICE (BEA) VASQUEZ SMITH
FEBRUARY 12, 1940-APRIL 22, 2012
While surrounded by friends and family, Bea Smith was called home by our Heavenly Father after battling a recurrence of ovarian cancer. She was born in Douglas, AZ to Luis and Refugio Bernal Vasquez. She has three surviving siblings: Hector (Kathy) Vasquez of CA, Sister Maria Louisa of MI, and Lucia Spikes of AZ. She graduated from Loretto Catholic School and Douglas High School. Bea worked at Sears for most of her retail career and eventually owned and operated the Sears Catalog Merchant store in Douglas. She also worked at JC Penny’s in Douglas and Alamogordo, NM where she retired. Incapable of staying home because she loved interacting with customers, she also later worked at Wal-Mart in Tucson.