Bea Delaney-Marlais celebrated her 97th b-day September 6, 2017. Although she was born early in the 20 century, she lived her life with the freedoms of a 21st century woman. She passed away December 29, 2017.
A California native born in 1920 in Richmond, Bea and her treasured sister were raised by their beloved mother.
Bea was accomplished in many of life’s arenas. She was a gifted pianist, which gave her the freedom to travel the world and play at unique venues such as the1939 World’s Fair at Treasure Island, where she was one of the only female musicians. She owned a music shop in North Beach and she was part of a radio show of classic Italian music. Bea was a history teacher throughout California and Dean of Humanities at Laney College. After moving to Napa in the 70’s, she immersed herself in the culture growing zinfandel grapes and became a fierce advocate for the arts and a well-regarded painter herself.
Bea always said “Life Begins at 40” and in her mid 40s she met the love of her life Mark Marlais. The two lived a love story for over 40 years, “still not enough time together,” she would say.
Bea had an amazing sense of fashion, and even well into her 90s, she was always the best dressed wherever she went.
A true renaissance woman, it’s impossible to sum up such a life in a few paragraphs. Bea’s friends will miss her friendship, fierce loyalty, and sound advice.
Bubbles and Burgers for Bea, a celebration of Bea’s life will be held at her favorite restaurant Parkside Café 404 Santa Rosa Avenue on Thursday January 11, 2018 from 4:00-6:00 PM.