Beatrice Vera Richard, 88, formerly of Wilton, died Monday, December 15, 2014 at Heritage Park Care Center in Carbondale, CO, following a brief illness.
She is survived by her daughter, Patricia Smith (T. Basil Smith) of Snowmass Village, CO and a granddaughter, Dana Harig of Princeton, NJ. She was preceded in death by her son, Carlos Calado and her brothers Arthur and Ralph Serode.
Born June 28, 1926 in New Bedford, Massachusetts, she was the daughter of the late Ralph and Mary Serode. After graduating from high school, Bea married and had two children. She worked hard for many years to send her children to college so that they could have a better life. In New Bedford, she was active in the Democratic Party, holding various positions.
In 1991 after the sudden death of her son, Bea moved to Wilton, Connecticut to live with her daughter Pat and son-in-law Basil, helping raise her granddaughter, Dana, who brought her great joy. While in Wilton, she was a member of the Wilton Congregational Church and was active in the Encore Club. She enjoyed playing bridge, going to lunch with friends, bowling, and seeing movies and plays.
In 2011, Bea moved with her family to Colorado.
Bea was a dog lover and an avid reader who read three to four books per week.   Bea will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
A memorial service will be held at the Wilton Congregational Church, 70 Ridgefield Road, on May 29 at 11 a.m. A reception will follow in Pilgrim Hall.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to the Wilton Congregational Church.