|Bea accepts accolades from the Mufti at the 31st Anniversary Hash, June 2013|
Bea Ross died at home on Friday 25 October 2013. Her three daughters have scheduled a funeral mass for Saturday 9 November at 11:00am at St. Theresa Church in Ashburn, followed by a reception at the River Creek Club in Leesburg. They'll be updating her Facebook page Wednesday or Thursday 30/31 October, and expect to have an obituary in the Washington Post this weekend.
To Bea or Not to Bea hosted the hash numerous times at her home in Ashburn, and always offered us a great party with a generous buffet. For this year's anniversary hash, she made nine pounds of Southern-style barbecue spareribs.
One of my favorite Bea memories: at a McLean hash at Cocked and Loaded and Queen Cobra's, I set a walkers' route that included a narrow bit of trail on a ledge above the Potomac. Bea was one of two walkers who followed the set path, and she came back saying, "I'm terrified of heights, and that bit along the river was awful for me. But I didn't look down and I kept moving, and I did it!"
When she first got sick late this summer, she asked for ice cream. Blow in the Hole and I found that Ben and Jerry's Cherry Garcia met her sodium restrictions and brought a pint - she loved having it, though was pleased to have BitH spoon feed her as she was seriously exhausted by her illness.
Please feel free to share your memories, either in the comments section below or via e-mail to me. I'll post them as I get them.
|In February 2013, at Phoenix Rising's hash.|
|In March 2013, at Easy Strider's.|