Beverly Gail Baier, 70, of Monroe, Washington, passed away at her home among friends and family on July 23rd, 2011 after a battle with cancer.
Born July 16th, 1941 in Hibbing, Minnesota, she was the only daughter of Arne and Eleanor Mannisto. She spent the first part of her life on the family farm in Hibbing where she grew to have a passion and love for all living creatures, especially horses. In 1959 she relocated to California where she met her life mate and husband of 50 years, Charles Alvin Baier. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in October of 2009.
Beverly was an avid gardener and always insisted on sharing her plants with family and friends. She and her husband Charles spent many years as active members of the Civil War Skirmish Association. She won numerous medals and trophies in womens shooting competitions. Beverly had many hobbies, but her love and devotion to her horses was undoubtedly at the top. She spent many years building and riding horse trails with her friends. She was very proud to be part of the official Woods Creek Trail Crew. Beverly, aka “Granny,” played a major role in the lives of her three grandchildren and will be missed greatly.
Beverly resided in Monroe for the past 34 years. For the last 23 years Beverly and Charles resided in their dream home, built entirely by Charles. Beverly enjoyed her part-time job at Safeway, where she worked for the past 13 years. She was respected and loved by her co-workers who describe her as sweet, hardworking and caring. Beverly was a great listener and a trustworthy friend. She never judged people and always made time to help anyone in need.
Beverly was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years and life mate, Charles Baier, on August 11th 2010. Since his passing those close to her knew she felt a deep loss and never fully recovered.
She is survived by son, Arne Baier and partner, Jake Prindiville of Jacksonville, FL; daughter, Sonjia Rodis and son-in-law, Gary Rodis of Charles Town, WV; three grandchildren, Kenyon Bitle and wife Sunny Bitle of Bellingham, WA; Tyler Bitle of Lake Stevens, WA and Amy Bitle of Mill Creek, WA. She had recently celebrated the welcoming of her first great grandchild Charles Stafford Bitle born to Kenyon and Sunny.
At her request there will be no funeral service. However, a memorial and celebration of her life is scheduled October 1st at her home.
Beverly had an energy and love of life that she evoked on everyone she met. She will be greatly missed by her family, friends, neighbors, co-workers and beloved pets.