Snohomish County Centenarian Dies
The night before her death, Beth Yeend was watching the finals of American Idol and Dancing with the Stars, cheering for her favorites. Beth had struggled with heart disease in recent years, but had always
bounced back. Relatives described her as "the Energizer Bunny," bouncing back to just keep going and going.
Beth spent the last four years living happily at GenCare at Scriber Gardens in Lynnwood. The staff and residents became like part of her extended family since moving to Snohomish County from Walla Walla
after her husband, Lowell, passed away in 2005. She loved the wooded drive along Marine View Drive and the Edmonds waterfront.
Beth Yeend was born in Edgar, Wisc., moving with her parents to the Northwest as a child. The family eventually moved to Walla Walla, where Beth attended Sharpstein Elementary School, graduated from Walla Walla High School and attended Whitman College. Even when transplanted to Spokane in 1960, she still called Walla Walla "home."
In Walla Walla, Beth was a charter member of GO chapter of the PEO sisterhood, was active in Garden Clubs, P.T.A. and the Walla Walla Country Club. Beth worked at Ludwig's and Falkenberg's Jewelry stores,
where her father was once a watchmaker. In Spokane, Beth was a successful Realtor.
Most importantly, Beth was the lifelong love of Lowell Yeend. They married in 1934 and spent 71 years together before Lowell's death in 2005. The couple has three children, Judy Sells, who now lives in Mill
Creek, Steve Yeend is in Phoenix, and Bill Yeend lives in Edmonds. There are seven grandkids and "lots of" great-grandkids. As a couple, Lowell and Beth loved to dance every chance they got. The bigger the band, the better.
When Lowell retired from Sherwood and Roberts in 1976, the couple moved back "home" to Walla Walla. Always artistic, Beth became an accomplished water color artist after the move. She never wanted to
"sell" her art, but many paintings are exhibited with pride in the homes of family and friends.
There will be a graveside memorial service for Beth Yeend on Friday, July 8, 2011, at 1 p.m., at Mountain View Cemetery in Walla Walla. Beth had one request: That she could put on one more party for family and friends. That party will follow the service and be held at the Walla Walla Country Club.
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