Beatrice Ann “Bea” Lurk, 73, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., died Jan. 31, surrounded by her family, at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, Fla.
Beatrice was born to Rinard and Anna Marie (Gegg) Kreitler on May 20, 1942, on the family farm in Ozora, Mo. She graduated from Valle Catholic High School in Ste. Genevieve, Mo. Beatrice married her beloved husband, Royce L. Lurk, on July 27, 1963, in Ozora.
Beatrice was a loving and selfless wife, and mother to three children: Patrick A. Lurk, with children, Patrick Jr. (Peyton), Carter and Justin, of Destin, Fla.; Carl H. and wife, Dawn Lurk, with children, Dylan and Cassidy, of O’Fallon; and Susan M. and husband, Paul Quinlan, with children, Elizabeth, Rebecca, Adrianne and Thomas, of Gulf Breeze, Fla.
She is also survived by her two sisters, Loretta Figge, and husband, Kenneth, and Doris Naeger and husband, Edward; one brother, Wayne Kreitler, and wife, Monica; two brothers-in-law, Richard Lurk, and wife, Betty, and Lester Lurk, and wife, Leanna; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
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She was preceded in death by her husband, Royce L. Lurk, in 1995; sister-in-law and husband, Barbara and Ralph Palmer; nephew, Michael Wayne Kreitler; and her parents.
In 1974, the family moved to Florida and Bea supported her husband, who worked on the F-15 program at Eglin Air Force Base, as a stay-at-home wife and mother. Around the time her youngest child left for college, Bea began a successful career in insurance/financial services. Eventually, Bea found her calling as the role of dedicated grandmother to her nine fabulous grandchildren. Bea was a sweet, hard-working, selfless grandmother. She only spoke positive things and was a great listener.
To Bea, nothing was more important than her family. She regularly attended her grandkids’ activities and quickly became known as “Grandma Bea” to all. She thoroughly enjoyed any high school sporting event, whether her grandkids were involved or not. Grandma Bea will truly be missed by her family, friends and community.
A viewing will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Emerald Coast Funeral Home in Fort Walton Beach. Mass will follow at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Mary Catholic Church in Fort Walton Beach, Fla.
In lieu of flowers, to honor Bea’s life through her kids, the family suggests contributions be made to one of the following chosen organizations:
▪ Fort Walton Beach High School Wrestling Team
▪ St. Clare Catholic Church Capital Dev. Fund in O’Fallon, Ill.
▪ St. Mary Catholic Church
Expressions of love and sympathy may be placed and viewed online at www.emeraldcoastfuneralhome.com.