This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Beatrice Conner who was born on May 9, 1930 and passed away on May 24, 2011. She will remain in our hearts forever.

We invite Bea's family and friends to share their special memories of her. Please add your pictures and stories.

A Graveside Service was held for Bea on June 2, 2011 at Oakmont Memorial Park and Mortuary, Lafayette, CA. A Celebration of Life reception was held at her daughter's home in Orinda, CA.

Bea was a strong lively little woman with a big heart. She will be deeply missed by many and her passing is grievously mourned by both her loving family and many friends.  Her soul now joins those who have gone before her, beloved parents, brother, niece and friends and together they are at peace.

Bea was born on Nantucket Island, Massachusetts, May 9, 1930, beloved daughter of Trina Lamens (d 1984) Den Helder, the Netherlands and Oscar Ceely (d 1976) and sister to Dorothy Ceely, Edward Gardner Ceely and Oscar Ceely, Jr (d 2003). She is survived by her dear husband of 62 years Frederick R. Conner, Jr. of Nantucket, Massachusetts and Lafayette, California, her sister Dorothy, brother E. Gardner and her beloved three children; Gail L. Ward, Frederick R. Conner, III, Steven B. Conner; devoted grandchildren: Robert F. Ward, Matthew L. Ward, Rachael T. Hamadto, Frederick R. Conner, IV, and her much loved great granddaughter Mona Hamadto. She is also survived by her loving son-in-law Robert S. Ward; beloved daughters-in-law Janet T. Conner and Norma Conner and an extended family of many loving relatives and friends.

Bea was a graduate of Nantucket High School, Nantucket, MA, and most recently attended her 61st Class Reunion. She lived the majority of her adult life on Nantucket Island. Bea was a creative homemaker, wonderful cook, an avid knitter and crocheter and a talented painter of Nantucket landscapes. Bea also created beautiful gardens around her home and enjoyed playing her Lowrey organ.




Posted by Gail Ward on May 9, 2021
Happy Birthday and Happy Mothers Day . Thinking of you as always.
Posted by Gail Ward on May 24, 2017
You are in my heart always
Posted by Gail Ward on May 24, 2016
It's been 5 years Mom.. I feel you with me everyday.
Posted by Gail Ward on July 12, 2014
Thinking of you mom, everyday.
Posted by Sheila Honeycutt on July 9, 2011
My mother Pat & I are so sad to hear of Bea's passing. I have so many wonderful memories of times spent with your family on Nantucket Island when we were young. Gail, your family is close in my prayers. What a blessing Bea was to all who knew her.
Posted by Tracy Comatis on June 17, 2011
I grew up 2 house before "Mr & Mrs. Bea" although I don't remember the first time I met her, I'll never forgot how both Mr & Mrs. Conner made us neighborhood kids feel like their grandchildren! Very special people. God Bless. Fondly: Tracy Comatis, N
Posted by maureen warwick on June 15, 2011
Knowing Bea was one of life's delightful pleasures. Her talents were many, as was her generosity of spirit. She was a wonderful woman who is sorely missed by all. In her memory, a loving tribute has been made to
Posted by Carol Rockwell on June 7, 2011
Our prayers are with you, Gail, and your whole family, as well. We hope that your beautiful memories of your mother will comfort you ,and that her love for you and your brothers will sustain you during your loss. May God bless you and your family.
Posted by Gail Ward on June 1, 2011
Norma Conner, daughter-in-law, lit a candle on 1 June 2011
Bea was my mother-in law for almost 20 years. She was a warm hearted, gentle woman, and welcomed me with an open heart. I will surely miss her terribly. By Norma Conner
Posted by Kathleen Kelliher on May 31, 2011
We were so sorry to hear of Bea's passing. She was such a creative and thoughtful lady. She will be missed. Prayers are with her, Ted and the rest of her family.
Dan and Kathy Kelliher, Nantucket, Ma.
Posted by Diane Legg on May 30, 2011
Posted by Otis Nickerson on May 29, 2011
We are sad to hear of Bea's passing and grieve with her loving family. Bea and Flo Nickerson had their first children at the same time in Nantucket. We have been friends with the Ceelys ever since! Oscar and I hunted together for years. Stan and Flo
Posted by Jan Conner Schreibman on May 29, 2011
Aunt Bea made her homemade clam chowder and chopped ham sandwiches when Joel & I visited them on Nantucket last August 2010-Delicious! We walked the path behind the house with Sophie and ended the day with an organ serenade. Such warm hospitality!
Posted by Kathy White on May 29, 2011
I was fortunate to know Bea through her many trips to California. I will treasure the afghan, doilies and tablecloth gifts. Bea also made a fantastic Boston Creme Pie. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of loss and sadness.
Posted by Susan Owenby on May 28, 2011
I have my house decorated with many beautiful crocheted items given to me on my last visit to Nantucket. They will always be treasured and be a continual reminder of the talent and kindness that my Auntie Bea had. Love to you all. Susan Owenby
Posted by barbara blount on May 28, 2011
I still remember visiting Bea & Ted in their home in Reading and going in town to dinner with BAnn, Oscar, Ted and Bea and Earl and I. She was always so pleasant and I did enjoy being on Nantucket and going over to their home for dinner and Bea playi

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Posted by Gail Ward on May 9, 2021
Happy Birthday and Happy Mothers Day . Thinking of you as always.
Posted by Gail Ward on May 24, 2017
You are in my heart always
Posted by Gail Ward on May 24, 2016
It's been 5 years Mom.. I feel you with me everyday.
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Summer fishing frenzy

Shared by Gail Ward on May 30, 2011

Summer '09, Bob, Gail, Rob, Liz, Yoland and Matt went fishing on the Althea K and had a great day catching, striped bass and blue fish. That night Nana and Grampa came over and Nana Bea used her fish magic to bake a wonderful meal.

Nana Bea's Famous Fried Chicken

Shared by Gail Ward on May 30, 2011

Whenever we visited Nantucket Nana Bea would make her wonderful fried chicken and certainly enough to feed an army.  We always asked for her potato salad and her favorite apple pie to go along. She created that perfect summer meal memory for us.

Shared by Elizabeth Ward on May 29, 2011

At dinner in 2009.