Beatrice Tweedie

Dec 05, 2017

Beatrice Mary Tweedie, 94, died Nov. 27, 2017, at Tall Pines in Belfast where she had resided since 2013. Born in Weeksboro on April 27, 1923, she was the daughter of Guy E. and Delsie (Morton) Williams. She grew up in Thorndike and married James W. Tweedie in New York City in 1949.

Bea and Jim lived in Massachusetts and later moved to Bayside in 1977, where they lived for 10 years, before moving to Cedar Street and then Union Street in Belfast. After her husband died she moved to Swanville where her cousin Rodney and Janet took care of her until she went to Tall Pines. Bea enjoyed working on crafts, sewing, knitting and painting with watercolors.  She also taught herself to play the organ and was very proud to receive her GED in her 70s.

Bea and Jim had been members of Belfast United Methodist Church for many years where she was very active with Christmas fairs, the women’s group and church suppers. Her peanut butter pies were always asked for at the church suppers. They were instrumental in having the bell erected in the tower which became known to many at the time as the “Tweedie” tower.  Bea also was known as the Sunshine Lady. She made up Sunshine baskets containing small gifts for each day of the week and gave out to people who were not feeling well and to brighten people’s day at church and in the community. She will be remembered as a very thoughtful, loving and unselfish person who was known to give hugs to people and to tell them that she loved them.

Surviving are her stepchildren, Sally Alegria and her husband Manuel of Marion, S.C., Peggy McManus of Pawtucket, R.I., Judy Rielly and her husband James of Warren, R.I., and James Tweedie and his wife Beverly of Smithfield, R.I.; sister, Helen Furrow of Sydney; sister-in-law, Edna Billington of Rockland; 14 step-grandchildren, many greats and great-greats.  Also surviving are several nieces, nephews, cousins, and her caregivers, Rodney and Janet Bailey of Swanville and her beloved cat, Thomas.  She was predeceased by her husband, James W. Tweedie in 2005, and a sister, Roberta Williams.

A memorial service followed by a reception will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 16, at Belfast United Methodist Church.  If desired, memorial gifts may be made to Belfast United Methodist Church, 23 Mill Lane, Belfast, ME 04915. Condolences may be shared with the family at longfuneralhomecamden.com. Arrangements are with the Long Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 9 Mountain St., Camden.

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