Beatrice (Vanover) Tumbleson-Claxton (Bea), age 85, passed on March 29, 2021 surrounded by family at her home in Arvada, Colorado.
Bea was born in Whitley City, Kentucky on October 10, 1935 to Willie & Bessie (Bryant) Vanover and was the 4th eldest of seven children; Hazel, Vela, Verna, Theresa, Betty, & Sonny.
She is preceded in death by her parents; Barbara Ray Tumbleson (daughter); Vela, Verna, Theresa, Betty (siblings); and 2 grandchildren. She is survived by 5 children, Sandra Tumbleson-Johnson (Bob) of Crossville, TN; Harold Tumbleson of Whitley City, KY; Judy Tumbleson-Thompson of Punta Gorda, FL; Alice Tumbleson-Leitch (Alan) of Arvada, CO; and Darryl Tumbleson of Florence, SC. She is also survived by: Hazel & Sonny, 38 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren, and 10 great-great grandchildren. Bea unofficially adopted the Cordero family from Puerto Rico in 2017. Bea’s life was enriched by all her family.
Bea retired from the Cumberland Falls Kentucky State Park Gift Shop, where she enjoyed working as the Gift Shop Host. She touched many lives, young and old, who visited over the years. Her beautiful smile, warm greetings, and knowledge of the park added joy to the hearts of all.
If you knew Bea, you knew her favorite color was green and she loved the outdoors and enjoyed butterflies, bees, and birds. A Celebration and Memory of Bea’s Life will be held on Saturday, April 3, 2021, 11:00 A.M. at the Chatfield Farms Botanic Gardens; 500 W Deer Creek Canyon Rd, Littleton, CO 80128, where we will enjoy a beautiful day in the gardens. A second service will be held at Cumberland Falls, KY to be determined at a later date.
Bea touched the hearts of many and was deeply loved by friends and family. Her memories will carry us through the rest of our lives. May each day that we live without her, bring us love, peace and joy.
Special thanks to “in Memoriam Funeral Parlour and Crematory” (Santiago and Kelsi) for handling her arrangements.
“Like the hummingbirds sipping nectar from every flower, I fly joyfully through my days seeing beauty in everything.” – Amethyst Wyldfyre
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