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Published December 01, 2013, 12:00 AM

Beatrice (Bea) Collins

Beatrice (Bea) Collins was born November 2, 1927 in McVille, North Dakota to Melvin and Barbara (Pella) Bredeson. She blessed the lives of so many, and was an especially beloved wife, mom, grandmother and great grandmother.

She attended country grade schools in Nelson and Griggs counties and graduated from Binford High School. She went on to attend Valley City State University where she graduated with a degree in Elementary Education. She would go on to teach school in Jessie and Cooperstown, ND as well as Rothsay, MN. Beatrice was elected to Kapa Delta Pi, an honor society in education. She was active in PTA, church organizations, Homemakers, Garden Club, and was a Girl Scout leader.

Beatrice (Bea) Collins

Beatrice (Bea) Collins was born November 2, 1927 in McVille, North Dakota to Melvin and Barbara (Pella) Bredeson. She blessed the lives of so many, and was an especially beloved wife, mom, grandmother and great grandmother.

She attended country grade schools in Nelson and Griggs counties and graduated from Binford High School. She went on to attend Valley City State University where she graduated with a degree in Elementary Education. She would go on to teach school in Jessie and Cooperstown, ND as well as Rothsay, MN. Beatrice was elected to Kapa Delta Pi, an honor society in education. She was active in PTA, church organizations, Homemakers, Garden Club, and was a Girl Scout leader.

Beatrice married Gerald Dahl in Jessie, ND on August 21, 1949. Prior to Gerald's death in 1987, the hard working couple built a large family farm raising small grain, cattle and children - all the while creating a lifetime of wonderful memories for generations to come. Bea balanced a teaching career on top of the many responsibilities that besiege a mom and farmers wife. She married George Collins in Mesa, AZ on May 1, 1989. George introduced Bea to the ranching lifestyle of Western Montana, where she was graciously adopted into her new and loving family. George died in 2004.

Retiring to Mesa, AZ in 1979, Bea was one of the original residents of Brentwood West. She immediately immersed herself into the Brentwood West Activities Association (BWAA). She was the BWAA President, BWAA Vice President, chairperson (3 years) for the pancake breakfast and President of the Woman's Club. Beatrice was an active and loved member of Christ the King Catholic Church, where she especially enjoyed helping with HOPe (Helping Other People) - a favorite of several charities that she supported.

Bea had a wonderful sense of humor and a very competitive spirit. She enjoyed playing board and card games with family and friends, never shying away from games that would allow her to wager some pocket change. Bea's travels literally took her around the world where she visited the Mediterranean (Italy and the Vatican), the Baltic (including Prussia) and Ireland just to name a few.

Beatrice is survived by four children: Richard Dahl (Charlotte), Valpariso, IN; Marilyn Dahl Peda (Kirk), Tempe, AZ; Carol Goplen, Richland, WA; Milt Dahl, Helena, MT; eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Four stepchildren: Larry (Sharon) Collins, Tom (Judy) Collins and Gail Robins, all of Broadus, MT and Neil Collins of Biddle, MT; eight step grandchildren and nine step great grandchildren.

Beatrice was preceded in death by husbands Gerald Dahl and George Collins, and grandson Chad Goplen.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to HOPe via Christ the King Catholic Church: 1551 E Dana Ave, Mesa, AZ 85204.

Services will be held at 1:00pm at Christ the King Catholic Church in Mesa, AZ with internment to follow at the Mesa Cemetery. Reception to follow at 3:00pm at the Brentwood West club house, 3104 East Broadway Road, Mesa, AZ. Please visit www.melcherchapelofroses.com to share memories and leave condolences.

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