Beatrice L. “Bea” (DePas) Soper, 94, of Carney (Jam Dam) passed away on her 94th birthday, on Monday morning, May 1, 2017 at Christian Park Health Care Center in Escanaba, MI.
She was born on May 1, 1923 in Gourley Twp., daughter of Joseph and Hazel (Jossart) DePas.
Bea married Clayton H. Soper on July 9, 1942 in the Wilson SDA Church. He preceded her in death on November 1, 1999.
In addition to raising their ten children and being a homemaker, Bea had been employed by Robinson Furniture and as a caregiver.
Bea enjoyed cooking, gardening, canning, picking berries and carpentry work. She enjoyed music very much and played the accordion, clarinet and piano.
She was an active member of the Wilson Seventh Day Adventist Church.
Bea had a passion for helping others and was very involved in her local community. Whenever someone visited Bea they were always well taken care of. She gave what she could to others.
Among survivors include her children, Ron Soper of Springdale, AR; Joy Palmgren of Escanaba, MI; Joseph (Annie) Soper of Carney, MI; Marge (Al) Wald of Green Bay, WI; Clayton Jr. “Sonny” (Barb) Soper of Edmore, MI; Valerie (Robert) Ristau of Benton Harbor, MI; Adele (Mike) Nephew of Zeeland, MI; Lola (Rick) Silva of Romeoville, IL; Jeanne (Jim) Nephew of Florence, WI; and Vickie (John) Monday of Casselberry, FL; 17 grandchildren and three step grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and seven step great grandchildren, and three great great grandchildren and twelve step great great grandchildren; sister, Lucy Zetko of Louisville, KY; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her siblings, Edwin, Herbert and Allison “Laddie” DePas, Grace Gordon and Eva Siewert.
Visitation will be on Friday, May 5th from 6 – 8 p.m. (Eastern Time) at the Crawford Funeral Chapel in Bark River. There will also be visitation on Saturday, May 6th from 3 – 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) at the Wilson Seventh Day Adventist Church with the funeral service to follow at 4 p.m.
Burial will immediately follow the service in the Wilson Seventh Day Adventist Church Cemetery.
A meal will be served in the Wilson Junior Academy.
Donations in Bea’s memory may be made to 3ABN or Strong Tower Radio. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home and church or can be mailed to the family of Beatrice Soper, c/o Crawford Funeral Homes, 302 S., 13th St., Escanaba, MI 49829.
The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the Soper family.