Beatrice Luevano Dodson
Feb 12, 1925 - Oct 17, 2012
Beatrice L. Dodson, A longtime Sacramento and Elk Grove, California resident, passed away on Wednesday October 17, 2012 as a result of complications arising from both diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease. At the time of her death, Beatrice had been a resident at the Sherwood Healthcare Center in East Sacramento. Beatrice was 87 years of age.
Beatrice Luevano was born in Modesto, California on February 12, 1925. She was the third of 4 children, all girls, born to Frank Luevano and Tomasita Victorino. Beatrice was the last of the 4 Luevano girls, having been preceded in passing by sisters Almira, Delores Luevano Tudor, and Connie Luevano Perez.
Bea, as she liked to be called, first came to the Sacramento area during the early days of World War II with her sisters and father who had obtained employment a the Army’s McClellan Field Air Base. Bea enrolled in and attended Healed Business College in Sacramento after graduating from high school.
Bea first met her future husband, Alfred Dodson or “Al” while she worked at the United Cigar Store at the corner of 8th and K Street in downtown Sacramento. Al worked directly across the street at the Eagleson’s Clothing Store which was involved in a thriving military uniform business. Beatrice worked the soda fountain within the Cigar Store.
Al and Bea were married in Sacramento in 1949 and both of them were subsequently employed by Alfred’s uncle, Edwin Grebitus Sr. at the K Street Grebitus and Son Jewelry store. In 1954, Al and Bea purchased their first home on Phyllis Avenue in the South Sacramento area and begin raising their growing family of one son with another on the way.
In addition to being an energetic homemaker, Bea was very active in the local PTA while her sons attended elementary school. Her hobbies over the years included bowling, swimming, fishing, gardening and mosaic tile craft work. She took great pride in hosting and presiding over numerous family reunion gatherings for over 40 years. She spent many years working as a volunteer for the late Democratic California Assemblyman, LeRoy Green. She also devoted a number of years prior to retirement working part time as a teacher’s aide with the North Sacramento School District. In later years, she loved Bingo and was a regular attendee at the Mayhew Bingo Parlor.
Beatrice is survived by her loving and devoted husband, Alfred LeRoy Dodson of Elk Grove, California, sons Kennedy J. Dodson of South Sacramento, and Jeffrey A. Dodson and his wife Penny Widdifield of Elk Grove, California. Beatrice’s middle son, Timothy A. Dodson, preceded her in death in 2005. Beatrice also leaves behind three grandchildren. Kelsy A. Dodson, of Elk Grove, California, Joshua A. Dodson of Elk Grove, California and Carissa Bonham of Marysville, California. She leaves behind surviving step brothers James Wright and his family of Sacramento, and Melvin Wright and his family of Whidbey Island, Washington.
Beatrice is also survived by nieces Valeri Key Kinsley of Sacramento, Vicki Key Swafford of Klamath Falls, Oregon, and Michael Key of Klamath Falls, Oregon along with their families.
Beatrices’ family asks that in lieu of flowers donations can be made to the American Alzheimer’s Association.