On November 12, 2020 Beatrice was called home to be with The Lord after a short battle with COVID-19. She passed away peacefully at the Copper Ridge in Butte. She will be greatly missed by everyone that knew her.
Beatrice was born in Whitehall MT to Ruth and Rexford Schelin. She attended Butte schools and grew up on the “Eastside,” which she was very proud of. She would often tell stories of the rough and tough fun of being raised in uptown Butte with her brothers and sisters.
As a young woman she attended beauty school in Butte and enjoyed cutting hair for her friends and family. She was very talented at crochet and knitting. She carried this talent throughout her life and made many beautiful things. She enjoyed jogging and loved being outdoors. She worked as a housekeeper at several Butte hotels and worked privately for many people.
She had a brief marriage to Gary Sloniker. Shortly after she met Donald Boston, a miner from Butte. He was the man she would spend the rest of her life with. They got married in 1964 and soon after moved to Kellogg, ID for work in the mines there. They bought a fixer upper home and turned it into a nice place to raise a family. She had three children, Tana, Dale and Joe. They remained there for many years. Looking for something different they took an opportunity to pursue a career in hotel/motel management, that took them to Fresno CA, where they got training and landed a job managing the Pioneer Motel in Ridgecrest CA. They were an amazing team and really enjoyed this time in their life. They made many friends during that time.
In the end Butte was home and they decided to move back to be with family. Happily, back in Butte with their children and grandchildren they spent the rest of their time making beautiful memories until Don’s unexpected passing in 2003. She continued working and spending time with her grandchildren until her passing.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Boston; parents, Ruth and Rexford Schelin; children, Dale Boston(9mo.), Tana Schelin (27); and her siblings, Margaret Fellows, Mary Keene, Myron, Joseph, Bill, Bob, Bonnie Nibblett, Nancy Schelin and Martin Schelin.
She is survived by her son, Joseph Boston (Amelia); sister, Delores Schelin; brother, Everette Schelin (Butch); grandchildren, Heather Layne, Malinda Layne, Stephanie Johnson, Lacey Boston, Liam Boston, Layla Boston, and Chase Johnson; great-grandchildren, Paige Layne (George); great-great-grandchildren, Ezekiel Carpenter, Emmilenne Carpenter; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Beatrice had a strong faith in The Lord. The wisdom and lessons she taught and love she gave will never be forgotten.
According to her wishes she was cremated. There will be no services.
Please visit below to offer a condolence or share a memory of Beatrice. Axelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been privileged to care for Beatrice and her family.
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I will miss Bea so much. Us ladies on 400 always included Bea in our conversations and she would come at us with more than a few smart comments. She was a beautiful lady with a good heart .My deepest condolences to her entire family. Rest In Peace my sweet Bea
Little Bea says
My beautiful Auntie Bea. I am so blessed to share your name. I will do my best to honor that and keep your legacy of kindness, loveliness and strength moving in my world. Oh how I will miss your infectious laugh and shining smile. I love you to the moon
Heather Layne says
I justwant to say that my grandmother was one of the most influential role models a grandaughter could ask for. I am honored to share her name as well. I look back at how she taught us strong work ethics, morals, and values. She was a strong willed, proud, loving and caring woman. She loved her children and grandchildren and would have been proud to have met her newest great, great granddaughter Lil Emmie Rose. We were able to go and visit her for her birthday in October through her window outside the nursing home. She lit up and was soo very happy and proud to see us. She believed that everyone abandoned her, not really understanding the whole covid 19 outbreak. She smiled bigger than i had ever seen her smile and was so excited that we came to her window. That was a day that i will forever remember. I Love You my beautiful grandmother Bea, say hello to my mom and the rest of our family for me. Love & Miss You forever and always. God Bless You xxxooo
Rexanna Fontaine says
My beloved Auntie Beatrice. I’m sorry I didn’t get to sit with you and tell you that you were the really only sunshiny place and loved me no matter what. You taught me about God and the Word of God, while Uncle Don taught me never stay laying in the sun longer than 10 minutes on each side. I loved coming to see you guy’s cuz I knew I could sleep on the roll out and hear you and Mom talking all night. Me, you, Dode and Barb had some extremely long nights playing Pinochle. None of you wanted me to play well cuz I cheated a tiny bit. Thank you for showing me unconditional love and never judging me and I don’t think I ever thanked you enough for sticking up for me always
Stephanie Johnson says
My grandma was my world after I found my grandma after 13 years of not know her then learning she was my real family then me and her talking about mom tana all the stories she had of my parents I love my grandma to the end of time I love u my heart forever Stephanie Johnson