OBITUARY: Bea Chase, shopkeeper, passes

Bea Chase had traveled the world, winning a trip in 1967 that took her and her husband, Bob, to seven countries in 14 days, but she was settled on a dream-fulfilled on Centre Street in Chester in her business, The Busy Bea, where she spent the last 37 years of her life.  

She was given six months before she would be out of business by her landlord but ended up buying the building. Over the years, she had classes on folk art painting, macramé, basket weaving, calligraphy, jewelry making, cross stitch and any craft that came along.  But it was the art of quilting that grew the business to where it is today with her daughter, Cathy, as the lead teacher.  Along with 1,000s learning crafts over the years, The Busy Bea became known as “Babyland General,” the adoption center for Cabbage Patch babies. They had adopted over 8,000 babies over the years and have babies in foreign countries.

Beatrice “Bea” Sargent Chase, 89, passed away on Monday, November 18, 2013. She was the youngest and the last survivor of seven children. She was born May 18, 1924 to the late David and Dean (Westmoreland) Sargent of Cleveland, Ga. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert E. Chase, and their sons, Jeffrey and Dale; and her three brothers and three sisters.

Bea is survived by her daughter, Catherine Chase; son, William Chase and his wife, Amy, and their children, Alexander and Olivia; and Jeffrey’s wife, Lynn and their twin children, Major Matthew Chase and his wife, Lara, and their children, Brody and Bryn, and Melissa Chase Peterson and her husband, Pehr, and their children, Odyn, Gunnar, Soren and Signe.

A funeral service was held on Friday, November 22, 2013 with interment  at Sunset Memorial Park.

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