Beatrice A. Ford

Resided in Escanaba, MI
Died January 11th, 2015

Beatrice Alice Ford, 99, died peacefully at the Bishop Noa Home on Sunday, January 11, 2015, 14 days shy of her 100th birthday. She was born January 25, 1915 in Cornell, the daughter of Frank and Dieudonna (Maccoux) DeGrand. She married Clayton Ford on June 7, 1937 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Escanaba. She lived most of her life in Cornell where she and Clayton operated a dairy farm and she also raised chickens and tended to her large vegetable garden. For many years she had a weekly egg route where she delivered farm fresh eggs to many people in the Escanaba area. After selling the farm in 1972, Beatrice and Clayton built a new home on the banks of the Escanaba River and for over 20 years wintered in Donna, Texas. It was in those retirement years that they had the opportunity to spend a great deal of time with their grandchildren, helping to tend the garden and teaching them to play card games. All of their grandchildren have wonderful memories of those times. For the past 15 years Beatrice has lived and been cared for by the wonderful staff at the Bishop Noa Home in Escanaba.

Beatrice was a very humble and giving person. She was a fabulous cook and her greatest joy was preparing meals for her family and canning fruits and vegetables from her garden. The grandchildren will tell you she made the world’s best sweet pickles. She was devoted to her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed playing cards, bingo and watching the Detroit Tigers on television. She was also an adult leader for the Cornell 4-H Club for many years.

Beatrice was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Clayton, who died in 1996, 4 brothers, 7 sisters and a granddaughter, Jennifer Ford.

She is survived by her children, Sister Jean Ford of South Milwaukee, WI, Gerald Ford of Sun City, CA, Vernon (Sharon) Ford of Rotunda West, FL, Carol (Gordon) Shepherd of Mesquite, NV, and Dale (Ann) Ford of Gladstone; 8 Grandchildren, Henning (Lisa) Peterson III, Linda (Dan) Evans, Judy (Pim) Brouwer, Jeff (Annika) Ford, Scott (Lee Ann) Ford, Michael Ford, Rev. Ryan Ford and Hayley Ford, and 10 Great Grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, January 22, 2015 at St. Anne’s Catholic Church. Visitation will be at the Church beginning at 1 pm followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 3 pm with Grandson Rev. Ryan Ford and Rev. Francis DeGroot officiating. A luncheon will follow. Burial will be in Gardens of Rest Cemetery.

The Crawford Funeral Home is assisting the family.

7 Tributes to “Beatrice A. Ford”

  1. Dear Dale,
    We are going to schedule a Mass for your mom here at Holy Spirit. May God bless you in this time of sorrow.

  2. I was richly blessed with my wonderful mother-in-law, Beatrice. She was always loving and supportive. She was one of the most humble people I’ve ever known and, yet, she had an impact on so many.

  3. Dear Dale, Ann, Sister Jean and family,
    Please know that my prayers are with you these days as you grieve your loss and also celebrate your Mom’s life. May you experience our compassionate God through the presence and support of so many.
    Special blessings.

  4. I was so lucky to have a grandmother as wonderful as you were. I will always look back at my summers with you and Grandpa as one of the best times in my life. I will miss you but know you are with Grandpa now. I love you.

  5. Grandma Ford, that is what we called her. She was a quiet, gentle soul, who loved her children and grandchildren, and her husband Clayton. We spent several winters at the Ford Cabin, near Munising. We snowmobiled, cross country skied, She always welcomed us with open arms, always was cooking great meals, even though we all brought goodies to share. She was a wonderful woman and friend. She will be missed by all who knew her. We are Friends of the family, We send our condolences and our prayers. May she rest in peace. Sincerely, Dan and Char Hewitt

  6. Dale,Ann and Family,
    I want to first say Im sorry for your loss. I feel Blessed to have had Bea as a Friend for the past 13 yr. what a Great Lady, I always looked forward to our weekly visits. Take Care and know she has touched so many people, she will be missed by all.

  7. May God bless the family I have wonderful memories of Beatrice. The most memorable of which was when she and Clayton brought a home made cart to my Dad to help him learn to walk again after he had a combination accident and stroke. That cart gave my dad a new lease on life. What wonderful examples of Christian love they were. An amazing legacy they leave to their family

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