Beatrice L. DuBois , 87, Sauk Center
Beatrice L. DuBois (nee Nash), age 87 of Sauk Centre passed away peacefully on Thursday, June 16 at FairwayPines in Sauk Centre, after a courageous four-year battle with cancer.
Beatrice Lucille Nash was born November 26, 1928 in Red Wing, Minnesota to Burton and Harriet (Lynch) Nash. She attended Red Wing High School where she excelled as a soloist in the Red Wing High School Choir. After graduation, she worked as an artist at the Red Wing Pottery where she hand painted dinnerware with her signature being “Rose” on the Orleans pattern of dinnerware.
Beatrice married Philip E. DuBois on Jan. 5, 1949. Her husband took a teaching and coaching position in Eagle Bend, Minn., where they lived for the next four years. Her support as a coach’s wife played a huge role in their success. She washed the football, basketball and baseball players’ uniforms.
In 1955 they moved to Sauk Centre and became “Mainstreeters” for the 61 years. Beatrice continued with her talent and love for painting as she worked for a small needlepoint company for many years. She also put her efforts into raising her four children. To her children, she was seen as a mother of much wisdom, as they often came to her for her advice on life struggles.
“Don’t worry, this too shall pass,” Beatrice would always say.
Beatrice was a member of the St. Paul’s Catholic Church of Sauk Centre, Minn., and a former member of the Christian Mothers.
She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Philip; her children, Steve (Sandra) DuBois of Kasson, Minn., Janna (Scott) Larson of Highmore, S.D., Kelly (Vance) DuBois-Gerchak of Moorhead, Minn., and Jason (Julie) DuBois of Fargo, N.D.; 12 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; other relatives and friends. Beatrice was preceded in death by her parents, Burton and Harriet Nash; brother, Robert Nash; and an infant brother, Donald Nash.
Her grandsons, are Riley DuBois, Benjamin DuBois, Isaac DuBois, Philip DuBois, Jarred Larson, Graham Larson, Alexander Gerchak and Tanner DuBois served as casket bearers. Rebecca DuBois eulogized her grandmother. Her granddaughters, Natalie DuBois served as cross bearers and Jessica Honza served as scripture bearer. Great-grandchildren, Kieran DuBois, Kellen DuBois, Alianna DuBois and Benjamin DuBois brought up the communion gifts. Special music was presented by Alex Gerchak, grandson, and friends, Susan Knorr and David and Kathy Ferrierra.
Arrangements were handled by Patton-Schad Funeral and Cremation Services, Sauk Centre.