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Beatrice Harrington Goldstone

Beatrice Harrington Goldstone, 99, of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, died on 31 October 2020.

The Funeral was A PRIVATE FAMILY SERVICE on Sunday, 08 November 2020 at 1:00 PM .

Rabbi Michael Moskowitz officiated.

Click to watch a video of the recorded service.

Born July 22, 1921 in McBain Michigan to Ray Harrington and Iva Harrington, Bea grew up with her younger sister Bernice, helping on the family farm. She greatly valued education and went to Central Michigan University for her undergraduate degree in teaching, and the University of Michigan for her Master’s degree in Education. Bea taught grade school near Marquette and was beloved by her students, some of whom she maintained contact with throughout her life. She lived in the Big Bay lighthouse following WWII with her first husband Roy Shortridge, and had a special relationship with her stepdaughter, Stella Francis Laffleur. Bea continued teaching in the Marquette area for several years as a widow, until the summer of 1957 when she meet George Goldstone, an attorney from the Detroit area. George had built a cottage in the Upper Peninsula. Their mutual interest in ham radio led to their meeting on a Tahquamenon Riverboat Cruise. He knew that day he wanted to marry Bea, and enthusiastically courted her, leading to their marriage in early 1958.

As a newlywed Bea moved to the Detroit area, and greatly enjoyed being a wife and homemaker. She quickly became a devoted mother of two. She loved supporting her children’s education and interests. She also actively contributed to her community, serving as a volunteer in her children’s schools, the girl scouts, the Temple Beth El sisterhood, and during elections as precinct chairperson for the City of Bloomfield Hills for over 30 years. Bea was an involved member in the DAR, belonging to the Michigan Dunes and the 3 Flags chapters. She took great pride in being an American and valued participation in democratic society. Bea was an avid gardener, and generously shared plants with her many friends. She took up watercolor painting in her early 90s, and joined a painting group, reflecting her lifelong desire to learn and grow.

Bea cultivated many friendships throughout her life, and was well loved for her kindness and warmth. She was thoughtful and appreciated others. She has a special place in many people’s hearts. Bea was a wonderful cook and took pleasure in hosting friends. Bea’s baking was legendary, and she baked cakes to celebrate countless occasions of family and friends. She created a neighborhood holiday cookie exchange that has become a tradition for over 50 years, bringing together old neighbors and welcoming new ones. Bea delighted in her family and friends. She will be most fondly remembered and greatly missed.

Bea is survived by her son Joseph (Lane) Goldstone, her daughter Liz (Greg) Hartz, her grandchildren Maggie (Eric) Leighton, Tommy Hartz, Christine (Tim) Lu, Becca (Derrick) Luu, and great-grandchildren Graham and Colin Leighton and Ari and Avery Lu, and by her nieces Janis (Steve) Garrich, Julee (Ron) Witty and Drs. Genie (Micheal) Silver. Her love has enriched all our lives beyond words.

It is suggested that those who wish to further honor the memory of Beatrice Harrington Goldstone may do so by making a contribution to:

Humane Society of Michigan
30300 Telegraph Road, Ste 220
Bingham Farms, MI 48025
(248) 283-1000
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Any Animal Welfare Charity
Beaumont Hospital - Hospice Fund #710022
3601 W. 13 Mile Road
Royal Oak, MI 48073
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