Lucille C. Bean, 99, of Bedford, died on July 16, 2023 after a brief illness.
Mrs. Bean was born in Wakefield and was the daughter of the late Edmund and Edith Meuse. She was raised in Wakefield and was a member of Wakefield High School, Class of 1942.
World War II had just started, and Lucille worked summers at the local defense factories and attended college, earning her degree in education at Salem Teachers College in 1946. She later received a Master’s degree in education.
Lucille met Leonard “Bob” Bean through relatives in Nova Scotia during World War II. Bob was serving in the Royal Air Force. They were married on July 29, 1949.
During their married years, they enjoyed traveling and were known as the “Traveling Beans.” In 1962, they purchased land on Martha’s Vineyard and built a new house they called Katama A. Even though they had the new summer home, they traveled to every state in the Union, every province in Canada and faraway places in the North Atlantic and South Pacific. One memorable trip was taken to Egypt to see the pyramids.
Lucille spent 40 years as an educator, teaching kindergarten at her home in Bedford. After her own children went to school, she worked as an elementary school teacher in Chelmsford.
Her husband died in 2002, and she was later predeceased by her daughters, Valerie K. Livingstone in 2001 and Dr. Glynis J. Bean in 2004. Following the deaths of her loved ones, she lived graciously with a smile on her face for everyone.
Lucille is survived by her grandchildren, Matthew Livingstone and his wife Gabrielle, Evan Scheipers, Reece Thompson and wife Rajee Kanagarvel and Claire Thompson and two great grandchildren, Sam and Leo Livingstone.
Funeral services are private.
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