Florence Mabel Suzanne Bean

Sep 11, 1925 - Oct 26, 2016


Mrs. Florence M. S. Bean died quietly at her home on October 26, 2016, in Sacramento, CA, at the age of 91.
Florence is survived by her children, Pamela Power and Susan Lea; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents and sister Gladys Farrar.
Florence Mabel Suzanne Loftus was born in Vancouver, B.C., Canada, to Mr. & Mrs. George W. H. Loftus. She graduated from UC Berkeley in 1947 with a degree in World History. She married Herbert M. Bean and they welcomed their first daughter into the world in 1954. They settled in Sacramento and Florence began her career as a schoolteacher. In 1959, their second daughter was born. Her children remember her as a strong, giving mother who encouraged them to pursue their goals.
Florence was an intellectual, witty woman who loved to learn and was passionate about teaching. During her 33-year career she taught at Peter Lassen and Fern Bacon Jr. High schools. In retirement, she was an active and dedicated member of multiple social clubs including The Order of the Eastern Star, The Daughters of the Nile, Tuesday Club and Delta Kappa Gamma.
Friends are welcome to attend a visitation on Friday, October 28, 2016 from 4 -8 pm at East Lawn Elk Grove Mortuary, 9189 E. Stockton Blvd, Elk Grove, and a Funeral Service on Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 2 pm at East Lawn Andrew and Greilich, 3939 Fruitridge Road. Internment at East Lawn Elk Grove Memorial Park and a reception to follow at her daughter, Pamela’s, home in Sacramento. All are invited to celebrate Florence’s life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children. The family would like to thank her primary physician, Dr. Linda Woo, as well as the team at Sutter Health.

Funeral Home:
East Lawn Elk Grove Mortuary
9189 E. Stockton Blvd
Elk Grove, CA
US 95624


  • Guillermo Martinez says:

    Please accept my condolences and those of our staff on the loss of your mother.

  • Rani and Bob Elke and Amy, Jason, Adam says:

    Will miss your smile and encouragement . All my love to Pam and Susie and their families!

  • Marla Hendry says:

    Dear Sue, Pam and Family, So very sorry for your loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers

  • Mike & Gail Delaney says:

    Were so sorry for your loss. We will keep you and your family in our prayers.

  • Dan & Linda Brantley says:

    Sorry for your loss, your family is in our thoughts.

  • Diane says:

    Florence (Mom) was a second mother to me. She Is in my heart and I will treasure her memory always.

  • Kay Hill says:

    Sue, Pam and families, your mom was a wonderful lady. She always put a smile on my face. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Dan Head and Alicia Roth says:

    Sue, Bill, Lauren, Jared, and family. We may never have met Florence (Grandma), but we feel we knew her through your stories. Sorry for your loss. We are thinking of you.

  • Virginia Davis Olsson says:

    Pam and Susan It was with sadness and fond memories that I read about your mother in this morning’s Bee. We met in 1953 when she was Flo Loftus and I was Ginny Davis– young teachers at Stanford Jr. High. We transferred to Peter Lassen together and became Florence Bean and Virginia Olsson. We gave each other wedding showers and remained friends for several years. Then we drifted apart. I am SOO glad that I found her last year and had a nice phone chat. I would have loved to have seen some some of her quilts. Pam, you may remember me, but I am sure that Susan was too young. Your mother was a wonderful person an excellent teacher, and a good friend. I am sorry that we lost touch over the years, but it appears that she had a wonderful family. I am so glad. Please accept my deepest condolences.

  • Dave and Donna Roth says:

    Lauren and Jared sounds like your grandma was quit a lady. I know she will be missed.

  • Rosa Maria and Larry says:

    Pam, Sue, Bill and Florence’s grandkids, we cherish memories of her and how she was the light for everyone. She was an extraordinary person, one of whom no one can ever replace. Know that my thoughts are with you as you happily recall your years together and yet cry through the heartache of their absence. Grief and crying are normal. Tears are a good thing. They contain chemicals the help relieve stress, they help us heal, and they give expression to the ache inside. The tears will eventually stop and peace will come. I hope you find the strength to let them spill out and join our tears and the tears of others who mourn with you. You have lost a treasure and companion and it is fitting that all our tears rain on a world that will never be the same without them. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • DeLise ( Lisa Anderson) Bronson says:

    Our Prayers Are With You Sue, Billy Lea An The Entire Family . From The Anderson Family

  • Katie O'Rourke says:

    Pam your mom will always be close to you and your family! Please find the time for our visit soon!

  • Emily Alice-Holshouser Twilling says:

    Dear Pam and Susan, Mrs. Bean’s children, and grandchildren, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your dear mother, grandmother, and our dear neighbor for fifty years – Mrs. Florence Bean. We will always refer to your mom as Mrs. Bean. Your mom and our mom, Greta Holshouser, were good neighbors and friends from the time they were both raising families, to the empty nest, to the retirement years, and in declining years. A fifty year relationship is such a treasure. Florence Bean and Greta Holshouser shared similar backgrounds – both being born in Canada, and both being raised in San Francisco. They had a very endearing connection. We so enjoyed coming to visit your mom while sitting in her sunny living room (with the high ceilings and windows) and sharing in her various activities, her children’s escapades, and her latest quilts. We mourn her loss with you. Mrs. Bean was also a dear friend to my mother-in-law, Silva Twilling, as they shared the sisterhood of bridge, clubs, and friendship. We pray for your comfort during this time. God Bless You. We send you much love and prayers.

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