Beatrice ‘Bea’ Jude dies at age 86

If there was something in Maple Lake that needed doing, it was likely a job for Bea Jude.  Beatrice A. ‘Bea’ Jude died on May 4 at the age of 86, just over a year after the death of her husband, Clarence.

Bea spent most of her life in Maple Lake, tended bar in the Buffalo and Maple Lake area for 40 years, made friends and acquaintances throughout the area, and spent her free time helping with a number of community and church activities that made her one of Maple Lake’s most active volunteers.

She was a member of St. Timothy’s Catholic Church, the Council of Catholic Women, the National Catholic Society of Foresters, and the Maple Lake VFW Auxiliary Post #7664.

She was active in the March of Dimes during the years when polio was a threat in the ’50s and ’60s and served as the local March of Dimes chairperson in 1964. In 1990, she served as Honorary Chairperson of the March of Dimes Porch Light Night event that raised funds to prevent birth defects.

But it was her years as chairwoman of the VFW Poppy program that sticks in the memory of those who knew her.

More information appears in the week’s issue of the Messenger.