Pat Beck, long-time resident on Irene Way, died peacefully on March 9, 2014 at Grangeville Health and Rehab in Grangeville, Idaho. She was 84 years old. Born in Colorado Springs, Colo. in 1929, to Ora and Lena Mae Rupe, she moved to Los Angeles at age 16 where she married the love of her life, Mel Beck, in 1950. They moved to Bishop in 1957 with their three children. Mel owned and managed Highway Auto Service and Beck’s Backhoe Service until his death in 1978.
She enjoyed camping and fishing with her family in the Sierra and especially at Lake Sabrina and along Bishop Creek. She was a talented crocheter and gardener. After Mel’s death, Pat began to regularly travel between her family in Idaho and California. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and often took them to her cabin in California Hot Springs. For many years she was caretaker to her siblings and cousins in southern California. She volunteered at Laws Railroad Museum. Her grandchildren will fondly remember her for baking homemade pies and cooking amazing meals. In the final years of her life, Pat moved to Grangeville to be closer to her daughter but she never forgot Bishop. She will be greatly missed by her family.
She is survived by her son, David Beck and wife Debbie of Bishop; daughter, Diana Sisk and husband Gary of Grangeville; and daughter, Christine Laxague and husband Bob of Graeagle; grandchildren, Brian and wife Stefanie Sisk of North Pole, Alaska, Eric and wife Gretchen Sisk of New Hartford, Conn., Matthew Sisk and wife Bonnie Stinson of Kuna, Idaho, Tracy Melton of Stanwood, Wash., Michael and Sandy Laxague of Reno, Shawn and Christina St. Jean of Bakersfield, John and Jamie Beck of San Bernardino and Will Smiley of San Francisco; and 15 great-grandchildren.
There will be a simple graveside service at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 22 at Forrest Lawn Memorial in Cypress.