ATASCADERO — Anne Patricia Comar Beaman, 70, of Atascadero died in Templeton on Jan. 18, 2013.?
Anne was born on May 15, 1942, in East Lansing Mich. She attended Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 1964. Following her graduation she joined the American Red Cross for five years. One of her first assignments was to assist victims of the 1965 Hurricane Betsy. Later she was transferred to work as a case aide in military hospitals, including locations in Japan and Okinawa, where she assisted United States Vietnam servicemen, women and their families.
Upon leaving the Red Cross in 1969, she enrolled in Denver University’s social work masters program, graduating in 1971 when she began working at Rose Memorial Medical Center as a medical social worker until she moved to California in 1988. While in Denver, she went on the “blind date” of her life with John Beaman, a date that lasted 42 years. They welcomed their son, Brad, into their lives in 1978. Brad was the love and focus of her life. Anne’s third love, that of dogs, developed into a life-long interest in German Shepherds which she and John bred. She became involved in Colorado Search and Rescue with her dog Christy and her proudest moment was finding a 2-year-old boy who had been lost in the mountains for two days.
In 1988, she moved to Atascadero to join other family members and she began her 16-year career as a forensic social worker at Atascadero State Hospital. While at ASH she mentored new social workers and helped them pass the state licensing exams. In the local community, she continued her involvement with German Shepherds by organizing and registering the local club with the AKC. She volunteered with Hospice and the Central Coast Memorial Society. She also taught English as a second language for the Literacy Council.
She served as president of the Atascadero AARP Social Club and was an avid bridge player. Anne was a very active person who enjoyed everything, loved to go anywhere and always pitched in to get things done, even though confined to a wheelchair for the last eight years.
Anne is survived by her husband, John; son, Brad; siblings, Tom and Louise Comar; sister-in-law, Lee Perkins; and nieces, Vanessa Comar and Tess Stevenson.
Donations may be made in Anne’s memory to the Friends of the Atascadero Library, P.O. Box 9, Atascadero, CA 93423.
A celebration of Anne’s life will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 6 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Community Church of Atascadero in Fellowship Hall, behind the church, 5850 Rosario Ave. in Atascadero.
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