McKINNON-FORTIER, On January 26, 2021, Beatrice McKinnon-Fortier passed away at the age of 98 at CareOne of Weymouth (MA). Bea was born at home on Summer Street, Holbrook, on December 18, 1922, to Lottie M. and Earle D. Iveson, a shoe factory employee and a radio/TV repairman/bulldog breeder. She and her twin sister, Barbara, as unidentical as twins could be, grew up with three other siblings in a two-family house shared with their maternal grandparents. Bea inherited her grandmotherís cooking and baking skills, resulting in wide acclaim from family, friends, and coworkers. Growing up during the Great Depression, she often recalled the excitement of a new icebox being delivered up the stairs to their apartment, only to have it repossessed two months later. Her zealous bargain-hunting for good deals on groceries and clothing may have been linked to growing up in the 1930s.
She and her future husband Richard J. McKinnon both attended Holbrook High School. Bea told her best friend that she would one day marry Rich, and in August 1943 they wed at Fort Dix, NJ. After a weekend honeymoon in New York City, Rich shipped out to parts unknown, returning 30 months later (including an 8-month hospitalization) from Burma. Bea and Rich had a happy marriage, living in Holbrook and raising their three children, entertaining friends, and traveling. They were married 36 years until Richís unexpected death of a heart attack in 1980. In 1990 she married Walter (Bud) Fortier, of South Yarmouth, who died in 1993.
During World War II and for many years after (with a hiatus for raising her family), she worked in banking, eventually becoming administrative assistant to the president of Randolph Savings Bank. She was an active member of the Winthrop Congregational Church and Friends of the (Holbrook) Library, volunteering her time and baking skills for various fundraising activities. She also loved needlework and embroidered tablecloths and other linens for friends and family. In 2004 she moved from Holbrook to South Easton, MA, where she applied her entertaining prowess to hosting regular happy hours for her over-75 apartment compatriots.
A classy dresser, an elegant entertainer, and a lover of cruises, Bea insisted on good manners, thank-you notes, and proper table settings. She will be sorely missed by her family and friends.
She is survived by her brother, Robert Iveson, Gloucester, VA; daughter, Beth McKinnon (Ann Carper), Hanover, NH; sons John McKinnon (Jean), Holbrook, MA, and Richard McKinnon, Brockton, MA; granddaughter Jill DeBerardinis (Donald), Weymouth, MA; grandson Joseph McKinnon, Chelsea, MA; great-grandchildren Reese, Noah, and Aubree DeBerardinis; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents and siblings Mabel, Barbara, and Melvin.
A graveside service at Union Cemetery was held for immediate family on January 29. A memorial service is planned for later in the year when it is safe to do so.
Donations may be made in Beaís memory to the Winthrop Congregational Church, 16 North Franklin Street, Holbrook, MA 02343 or the Friends of the Holbrook Public Library, 2 Plymouth Street, Holbrook, MA 02343.
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