Beatrice Marie West
January 3, 1926 – July 22, 2022
The memorial service will be in Claremore at St.
Paul's Episcopal Church at 1310 N Sioux Ave on
August 20, 2022 at 11:00 am.
Memorial contributions may be made to Claremore Public Schools
Foundation. Donate online at bit.ly/CPSFdonate or mail checks to
PO Box 575, Claremore, OK 74018
Beatrice Marie Novotny Hanley West, daughter of Marie
Kosour and Ferdinand Novotny, was born on January 3, 1926
in Havelock, Nebraska. On Friday, July 22, 2022 she died
peacefully with her family present; she was 96 years old.
Bea lived an incredibly full life. She traveled across the
Atlantic via ship twice before her tenth birthday. She spent
her formative years in a tiny village in Czechoslovakia with her
mother’s family before returning to the states at the outbreak
of World War II, speaking no English. She always said her time
in Moravia was what shaped her into the person she was. She
was married twice. First, to William Hanley, with whom she
had three children, and then to Gene West, with whom she
enjoyed her golden years, traveling extensively.
It was in her forties that her passion for painting really took
off and she spent over fifty years developing her work and
becoming a truly masterful porcelain and oil painter. Over the
years, her home and the homes of her loved ones were filled
with her beautiful pieces. In her later years, Bea also taught
classes and cherished the time she was able to share her skills
Bea was engaged in many charities during her life in both
California and Oklahoma. She was a member of St. Paul’s
episcopal church in Claremore, Oklahoma.
Bea is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Gene West,
and by her daughter, Christine Bewley.
She is survived by her sons Philip and Mark Hanley, son-inlaw Ralph Bewley, grandchildren Jeff Bewley and Jennifer,
Kristen and Hannah Hanley, and two great-grandchildren,
Henry and Lucy Bewley.