Beatrice Martha Saulus

February 06, 2021 - December 06, 2021

Beatrice Martha Saulus

February 06, 2021 - December 06, 2021


Bea was born in Medan, Indonesia on February 6, 1926, to Petrus Papilaja and Flora Samuel.
In March of 1948 Bea and Willy Saulus married and had to leave Indonesia or renounce their Dutch citizenship. They chose to leave Indonesia and moved to the Netherlands. After a couple of years living in the Netherlands, Willy moved his wife and daughter Ierke (aka Ruth) to America. The family landed first in California but eventually moved up to Lynden, WA to be near their daughter. Bea worked for the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office and later retired where her and Willy remained very active, enjoying traveling, cruising around the world, gardening, cooking, and entertaining their many friends. Throughout the years Bea and Willy opened their home to different exchange students for several months, some who she still had kept in touch.
Bea had lost her vision three years ago due to glaucoma in one eye and macular degeneration in the other eye. She also had problems with her kidneys; Eventually her daughter Ruth and her husband Bob Schmit moved in with her in 2013 to help her.
On January 5, 2021 Bea was put on HOSPICE care at home until she fell asleep in death on Dec 6, 2021 at the Whatcom County Hospice House, in Bellingham.
Bea is survived by her daughter Ruth Schmit & son in law Bob Schmit; grandchildren Quinten (Kasia), Joel (Bonny), Jade Cox (John), Sarah (Daniel), Nathan (Elizabeth); great-grandchildren Cyrus, Asha Schmit, Johnny Cox, Isla Saulus; Nieces Brigitte Hernandez,Ruth Gahlbeck-Kors ,Deborah Kors, Linda Nieuwenhijs, Marjolijn Fry, Margie Linder; nephews Peter Kors and Paul Nieuwenhijs.

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3 responses to Beatrice Martha Saulus

  1. Dawn Castle says:

    Bea was such a lovely lady and a true joy to be around. She loved the Lord and always participated in her Church activities until she was no longer able. She is still missed at Church but we take joy in knowing we will see her again.

  2. Bea was our beloved and long-time friend. She and her husband, Willy, were good friends of my parents. We were treated to many of Bea’s gourmet dinners over the years. She was a graceful, beautiful woman of faith. We shared many wonderful years together in both the Glendale Mennonite Church and the Lynden Community Church.
    Our heartfelt condolences go out to all of Bea’s family.

  3. We have only fond memories of Bea and Willie. They were very good friends to my family, and invited us to many wonderful dinners and fellowship. They introduced us to many new foods which we have enjoyed with them often.
    Bea was so kind and loving always accepting us into their home and circle of friends. Mildred and I look forward to seeing Willie and Bea in Heaven in the future . Our condolences.

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