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Beatrice G.

Beatrice G. "Bea" Hess

Nov 14th, 1926 - Mar 21st, 2024
  • Birth Date: Nov 14th, 1926
  • Death Date: Mar 21st, 2024
  • Funeral Date: Mar 28th, 2024
  • Location: St. Mary's UCC, Silver Run
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Biography: Beatrice (Bea) Geraldine Brown Hess passed on March 21, 2024 at the age of 97 due to complications from a stroke In October 2023. She was married to the late Richard L. Hess for 75 years. Her surviving children are Geoffrey Hess,  Nancy Pettie (John), Richard Hess Jr, (June), Ruth Eichler (Robert) and Melissa Hess. Bea is survived by her grandchildren, Laura Hess, Cherie Weaver, Michelle Pettie, Stephanie  Pettie Caplinger, Jennifer Farrow and Megan Ramsburg;  great grandchildren:  Patrick Mattingly, Shannon Mattingly, Joey Caplinger, Gavin  Rouse, Ilana Rouse, Chase Farrow, Madison Ramsburg, Jackson Ramsburg and Oakley Weaver.  She is also survived by Sisters-in-law, Kathy Brown, Dorothy Hess and Shirley Hess and Brother-in-law Leo Hess and good friend, Tommie Mayo.  Bea was predeceased  by grandson, David Hess and great grandson, Ryder Farrow.  She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. She was predeceased by her siblings:  Leon Brown, Catherine Lewis, Dorothy Baker, Evelyn Houff, infant brother Reuben Brown,Virginia Brown and Donald Brown.  She was also predeceased by brothers-in-law, John Hess and Donald Hess.

Bea was born to Paul Harbaugh Brown and Belva Ruth Finneyfrock Brown on November 14,1926 in a small town of Thurmont, MD.  She grew up on the mountainside on a small farm and apple orchard. She always called it "her bit of heaven on earth."  She never had a lot of material  things, but was raised on values and love, which she taught to her children.  After graduating high school she went to work at Carroll  Shoe Factory in Littlestown where she met her future husband, Richard.  They were married June 28, 1946 at Baust Church.  They were blessed with five children.  Richard was the owner of Hess Bus Service and while raising her children, Bea was his secretary and bookkeeper.  After her children were raised she worked various jobs including Sears, Hanover House, Kenneys Market and Random House.  She loved gardening and canning.  Her peaches and applesauce were the best around.  Her rice pudding was super terrific. (She was always asked to make her rice pudding for gatherings!)  She was an awesome cook and baker. We often told her she should  open up a restaurant.  She not only loved her vegetable garden, but she loved her flower  garden as well, especially her iris garden.  She really had a green thumb when it came to taking care of them.

Bea loved family gatherings after her children grew up and had families of their own.  One of her favorite holidays to host was Christmas Eve.  We would all gather at St. Mary's UCC and after Christmas Eve service, we would go back to to the house for finger sandwiches, vegetable trays and such and the kid's favorite "Mom-Moms punch."  She enjoyed spending time with all her family whenever she could.   Bea will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Viewing is Wednesday, March 27, from 2 - 4 and 6 - 8 P.M. at Little's Funeral Home, Littlestown.  Funeral is Thursday, March 28, at 11 A.M.  at St. Mary's UCC, Silver Run with The Rev. Samuel F. Chamelin officiating.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in Bea's name may be made to St. Mary's UCC, 1441 E. Mayberry Rd., Westminster  MD  21158. Online condolences may be shared on

Conrad and Jean LeGore
Mar 27th, 2024 4:00 pm
Beattie and Richard were newlyweds when they rented half of my parents' home in Union Mills. Through the eyes of a child, I watched my parents and Beattie and Richard laughing and enjoying themselves playing Monopoly on Saturday evenings, sometimes finishing the game on Sunday evenings.

Beattie was like the happy homemaker and energized bunny all rolled into one, and even more so, when she and Richard started their family.

She cared for and loved everyone and it came from the heart. We are so glad our lives crossed each other.

God bless you both and God bless your entire family.
Deborah Ann Myers
Mar 27th, 2024 12:55 pm
So sad for the loss of your Mother. I worked with her at Random House back in 1977. That was the year I loss my Mother she helped me a lot at this time in my life. Her talks were the best at this time. She was a good worker and help me with work also.. I would like to be there but my knee is not good . Don't need to fall. I have you all in my prayers. Take care Deborah myers
Lou (Forsythe) Sowers
Mar 25th, 2024 11:19 am
I am so sorry for the lost of your Mother. I remember her well when I was young and grew up in Silver Run. She was a very kind and happy lady. It seems now that the elders I knew in Silver Run growing up are almost gone but will always be missed. Many I knew including your Dad and Mom showed us kindness and taught us well to show the same kindness and happiness to others. Now as adults growing up and living in Silver Run we are here to be the elders and show the young ones the same. So just remember your Mom is now looking down upon you all to watch over and keep you all safe, healthy and happy. She will truly be missed. Take care. Lou
Elaine Thomas
Mar 24th, 2024 10:17 pm
Dear Nancy,

Please accept my deepest sympathy on the passing of your Mom. I know it was a long journey but I hope you can find comfort and peace in knowing that she is now resting with Jesus. Please let me know if you need anything.


John "Uncle Skip" Purcell
Mar 22nd, 2024 11:43 pm
Bob &Ruth,
Praying for you and family.
Susie Robinson
Mar 22nd, 2024 11:18 pm
Aunt Beamie will be missed but never forgotten!!! Xoxo

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