she was .... in a word..... special
and all of our favourite... Auntie Bee
For me and Stephen she
was a magical person, full of light and laughter, wise as the earth itself.
Victor adored her -- and Phyllis of course -- and I always remember the magnificent part
Bee played in one of our family dramas. It was dad's 40th birthday, and mum planned a
huge surprise party at our house in west London. Bee was in London, and she was
deputed to take Dad out for the day to get him out of the way so we could prepare. She
marched him off to central London, got them both thoroughly lost in Regents' Park by
insisting at every point that they try another direction...They arrived home early
evening, all the guests were assembled silently in the garden, and the lights flooded on
and cries of Happy Birthday..Bee's triumphant face was a picture I'll never forget!
Bee was truly one of a
kind -- her strength and indomitable spirit were an inspiration to everyone
I adored Bee from the moment I met her. She just had this way of making one feel so immediately loved and appreciated.
I feel honored that I was gifted with having her in mine and the children's lives. Evan certainly remembers her and how many children get the benefit of knowing their great-grandparents! I hope that when my time comes around that I'll be as fondly remembered as she.
was amazing to see that photo you circulated of her when she was
young, how beautiful she was and how beautiful she remained all her
life. My most abiding memory of Bee is how young she was in mind and
spirit, her bright red hair and her incredible energy. Although we
didn't get to spend a lot of time with Bee and Larry, I remember
vividly a holiday when Jean and Jack drove us to Texas and Stephen,
Philip, Susan and I stayed on her houseboat and slept on the roof
which sloped so every little wave nearly sent us overboard! We all
thought it was a great adventure....
I also remember Bee's pots of vitamins and am sure I am turning into
an exact replica in that department...!!!
She will always has been and always will be my favourite person, my special one and only Aunt Bee.
Bee Brown, 1911-2004
Bertha (Bee) Pevan, 1911-2004, daughter of Simon and Leah Pevan, married Louis Langham (divorced); married Robert L. (Larry) Brown.
Valerie Langham Walker, 1938-, married Jerry Dale Walker (divorced); married Ronald M. Miller, 1947-.
Diana Lisa Walker, 1960-
Mark Walker, 1961-, married Dorian Hoff (deceased); married Michelle Lazar.
Jason Walker, 1966-, married Janette Levene (divorced)
Evan Ray Walker, 1999-
Mackenzie Rose Walker, 2001-
Bee at sixteen, around 1927, and quite the little hottie!
Bee's in a good mood, but little Valerie is not. 1938
L: On vacation in 1965; center: Quite the babe--with unidentified friend at gathering in England c.1970s; r: Bee at Colin's wedding in 1998, and holding up very well.
Bee with granddaughter Diana Walker in Fort Worth, June, 2003
February 3, 1911-March 6, 2004
All around me darkness gathers,
Fading is the sun that shone;
We must speak of other matters:
You can be me when I'm gone.
Flowers gathered in the morning,
Afternoon they blossom on;
Still are withered by the evening:
You can be me when I'm gone.
-- The Kindly Ones, Neil Gaiman
Bee and her first husband, Louis Langham, c. 1929-30
Bee and Larry, c. 1963-64
Beebee with Diana, c.1962
Still in love.
Some things last.
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