Beatrice W. Jalonen, 100 years of age and a longtime resident of Hoquiam, Wash., died on Friday, April 14, 2017. She was born on June 3, 1916, in Airlie, Ore., to John and Elsie (Crowley) Belieu.
She attended Hoquiam High School, graduating in 1934. After high school she taught tap dancing for several years with classes in Taholah, Westport and Hoquiam. She also worked for the OPA (Office of Price Administration) working in the sugar rationing department.
On June 3, 1941, she married Elmer Jalonen and they started the Triple Cities Gas Station on the east side of the Wishkah River. They also raised lilies at Pacific Beach.
She enjoyed keeping up on current local and world events. She was an avid reader and loved books that included local history. She often talked about how the world has changed since she was young and how wonderful modern technology is.
Beatrice is survived by her brother, Dale Belieu; her daughter, Jill Jalonen Vance and her son, Jack Jalonen; and a close family friend, Paul MacLeod.
There will be no funeral or memorial service at her request.
Arrangements are by the Coleman Mortuary, 422 – 5th Street in Hoquiam, Wash.
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