Dolores was just six years younger than my mom, and they both grew up in Anaheim, along with parents of Rod Handsfield, ’67; Jan Rae Reinert, ’67; Andrea Heiden, ’65; the late Larry Comstock, ’66, and many other Lancers. Dolores and Mom had the same obstetrician and had their first babies (me and Mike) around the same time. We went to St. Mary’s church together, too. Dolores was a dear friend in those days, 1949-1956. I can even remember when the Beards bought a new home near East Commonwealth & Raymond, around 1953. They were a beautiful, big family, and wonderful friends. We had picnics with them, went to the beach and the mountains sometimes, had birthday parties and little barbecues too. Mom worked for Dr. Bill Scott, DO in the Chapman Building (4th floor) and then Northrup, while Dad attended law school with Sam E. Collins, Roger Hope and others. If your family lived in Fullerton then, you may have known the Beards, too. I lost touch long ago, and I suppose Mike and his siblings went to Ladera Vista and FUHS. Please give them my love if you know them. Dolores was a wonderful, warm, encouraging mom and lady.
Mrs. Dolores Beard, 1928-2022
Dolores Marie Beard passed away on February 11th in Temecula, California where she had lived for the past year. She was a native of Anaheim, born there on July 4, 1928, to Anthony and Regina Hund. She was the oldest of six children, and a graduate of Marywood High School.
She attended Fullerton Junior College before marrying Paul E. Beard in May of 1949 on Santa Catalina Island. They raised their family of seven children in Fullerton where she lived for over sixty years.
She was a dedicated homemaker, a talented seamstress, an accomplished family cook, a good neighbor, a proud part-time employee for two small businesses, and a faithful parishioner at St. Juliana's.
Paul died in 1986, and after that she dutifully attended to the needs of her aging mother for over a decade, providing care and assistance.
Besides Paul, she was predeceased by her son Christopher Beard, brother Gilbert Hund, son-in-law Steve Keiser, and granddaughter Erin Beard. She is survived by her children; Michael Beard (Beppy) of Medford, Oregon, Julie McConnell (Paul) of Anacortes, Washington, Paula Keiser of Temecula, California, Matthew Beard (Helen) of Morro Bay, California, Peter Beard (Marie) of Fullerton, California, and Alex Beard (Ellie) of Portland, Oregon. Additionally, she leaves behind her siblings, Jerry Hund, Br. Carl Hund, Eleanor Brosio, and Christine Baumhefner as well as numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephews, and nieces.
Dolores lived a good, full life filled with joy, excitement, satisfaction, reticence, and the sorrow and pain that round out a life well-lived. She sacrificed much to help her family and others. She will always be remembered and appreciated by those who knew her.
We bid her adieu and if parting words can be heard, we say You did a good job of it Mom.
Published by Orange County Register on Feb. 27, 2022.