Reta Jones Bean, 80, of Burlington died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, with her family by her side.
She was born in Montpelier Jan. 3, 1938, daughter of Merritt and Carrie (Mobus) Jones, grew up in Warren, and graduated from Waterbury High School in 1956 and from Johnson State College in 1960.
She married David Bean in Waterbury on June 17, 1961.
Reta had a successful teaching career, working at the in Moretown, Bridgewater, Woodstock, Vergennes and Colchester elementary schools.
As a primary school teacher, she was especially proud that her students became confident readers, and she was excited to help.
After retiring in 1991, Reta and Dave divided their retirement years between Venice, Fla., and Burlington. Reta’s interests included craft work, a Bible study class, and volunteering to help Our Mother’s House. She was always willing to help people in need, helping to provide friends and shut-ins with dinners and desserts.
Reta’s life centered on her family. She was most proud to be called Mom and Gram or Grammie. While playing, working on a project, or just listening to her children and grandchildren, Reta presented a kind and caring nature — one her family loved, respected and tried to emulate.
She and Dave enjoyed traveling, with special memories of Hawaii, Alaska, Route 66, Caribbean cruises, and Colonial Williamsburg. Family trips to Florida and Maine were filled with fond memories. Reta also had joyful times camping, trout fishing and storytelling around a campfire with extended family members in the Vermont National Forest.
Her parents died earlier, as did her siblings, Robert, Orvie, Jean and Tina, along with their spouses.
Survivors include her husband, Dave, of 57-plus years; two daughters and sons-in-law, Brenda and Charles Hartshorn-Wallace of Duxbury and Deborah and John Averill of Burlington; one son and daughter-in-law, Anthony and Jessica Bean of Glastonbury, Conn.; six grandchildren, Tyler Hartshorn and wife Jennifer, Caitlyn Hartshorn, William Murphy, Amanda Averill, Anthony Jr. and Cameron Bean; and one great-grandson, Kai Hartshorn.
A memorial service will be held at St. Mark’s Roman Catholic Church in Burlington on Saturday, Nov. 17, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Catholic Charities, Our Mother’s House, 405 Manatee Court, Venice, FL 34285.
A committal service will be held at the Warren Community Cemetery on Sunday, Nov. 18, at 1:30 p.m.
The family thanks Home, Health and Hospice, Dr. Diane Rippa and “Dr. Lucy” for the care and compassion shown to Reta and her family. Elmwood-Meunier Funeral Home is assisting the family.