Dec. 28, 1937 – Jan. 30, 2019
Berdene "Bea" Steen received her angel wings on January 30, 2019, she was 81 years young! She was born near Alexandria, MN on December 28, 1937.
In 1959 she married Orlano "Ole" Steen and divorced in 1976, but remained good friends.
In February 1977, Bea and her children moved to Townsend, MT. She worked for the MDT as a paralegal and retired in 1997 to care for her mom.
She was a talented musician, playing the accordian and organ professionally for 28 years. Bea has always been involved in her community and housed players for the Brewers and Ice Pirates.
Bea loved her sports, but her biggest thrill was being a fan of Nascar driver Dale Jarrett. At her first race, they become friends and from that point Dale invited her to lunches, races and his Nascar Hall of Fame induction. In 2009 at Talladega Speedway, Dale gave her a ride around the track at over 180 mph! She was very honored to be Dale Jarrett's friend.
Bea loved gardening, baking and canning, especially pickles, jams and jellies which she gave away.
She was preceded in death by her parents Floyd and Elizabeth Ekdahl and brothers Lester and Cliff.
She is survived by her children: Traci (Kelly DeLaHunt) of East Helena, Terry (Carla) Steen of Idaho Falls, Trudi (Larry) Fenster of Portland and grand children Heather Allison of Helena and Mat (Alissa) Helvik of Spokane and great granddaughters Sailor and Lakely Helvik.
We'll have a celebration of life this spring, details will be posted later.
A family gathering will be held this summer in Minnesota where her ashes will be laid to rest with her parents.
Bea didn't want anyone to be sad that she is gone, she wanted all of us to be "happy, happy, happy!" and to "hold on to the memories".