Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington

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Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Twisp celebrates parishioner’s centennial

the Inland Register

(From the March 19, 2015 edition of the Inland Register)

Members of St. Genevieve Parish, Twisp, gathered recently to celebrate the 100th birthday of Mary Wall Bean (center), pictured with her daughters Carol Monroe (left) and Josephine Doyle. (IR photo courtesy of Sarah Salmon)

Just after Christmas, the people of St. Genevieve Parish in Twisp, Wash., were honored to help celebrate the 100th birthday of beloved parishioner Mary Wall Bean.

Hundreds of people in the community participated in a birthday celebration on Dec. 27, the Saturday after Christmas. After Mass the next day, the parish hosted a birthday reception, with cards and gifts, including an Apostolic Blessing from Pope Francis. The blessing now hangs in her home just above pictures of her family. Mary, like many, is very impressed with the pope.

Mary has led a rich and fruitful life. She was born in La Conner, Wash. When she was only three her family moved to a homestead on Omak Mountain. She and her first husband, Kenneth Schmidt, had two daughters, Carol and Josephine. Mary now has 10 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

After her husband died, Mary met Russell Bean while she worked as an apple packer in Okanogan. Five years later, they moved to Twisp, where they purchased and ran a motel for many years.

Mary is famous for her incredible energy and positive and charitable spirit. Her Catholic faith has always been an integral part of her life.

She has been an important part of the life at St. Genevieve in many ways. Even into her ’90s, she attended Altar Society meetings, cleaned the Church, served as a Eucharistic Minister, baked cookies for receptions and, most of all, served as a role model for all.

Mary has extended the practice of her faith in helping the less fortunate in the community. Filling and lifting bags of food at the local food bank and working at the community Senior Center Thrift Shop are just few of the many ways she cares for and about others.

Her many interests have included gardening, playing bridge with friends and family, teaching line dancing, cross country skiing, water aerobics, writing stories, snowmobiling, exercising twice a week and attending history classes in the Valley. She has recently given up chopping her usual six-and-a-half cords of wood a year.

Her family calls her their “Guardian Angel” because of the many ways she has cared for all of them. They have witnessed her strong prayer life and deep faith, knowing that many of her prayers have been for them.

St. Genevieve Parish also has been blessed by Mary’s humble, faithful and prayerful presence through the many years she has been a well-loved and inspirational member of the Church.

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