Age 89, died Sunday, August 15, 2021, of complications of Alzheimer’s disease.
Bea was born on February 4, 1932, in New Braunfels, Texas, to Jose and Concepcion Villarreal, the fourth of their six children. She grew up, first in Texas, then in Michigan, among a large family of siblings, cousins, and other relatives.
She was married on December 27, 1955, to her beloved husband Lawrence “Larry.” Bea enjoyed baking, sewing, gardening, and spending time with family and friends. She was very close to her sister Christina, and the sisters spent much time and many happy holidays together with their families. She adored her four grandchildren, who called her Mimi, and loved nothing more than spending time with them. She was a longtime and active member of St. Stephen Lutheran Church in Lansing.
She was predeceased by her devoted husband Lawrence, her brothers Don (Senida, deceased) and Eugene (Patricia) Villarreal, and her sister Alice Villarreal Green.
She is survived by her daughter Lynne and son-in-law Gil Chesbro; son Blake and daughter-in-law Michelle; granddaughters Brooke and Allison Chesbro; grandsons Drew and Trevor Stoimenoff; brothers Julian (Josefa, deceased), Cosme (Mary Helen), Joe (Mary Ann), John (Kara), Jesse (Kay), David, Richard (Lisa, deceased), and Albert Villarreal; sisters Christina (Rudy, deceased) Rodriguez, Frances (Ramiro) Cavasos, Mary Helen (Bill) Mackorrel, Gloria (Joe, deceased) Santellan, Mary Ann (Al, deceased) Gillespie, Rosie (David) Vallin, Carmen (Kevin) Thayer, and Carolyn (Dean) Karber; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws, and friends.
A private funeral service will be held for the immediate family. Burial will be at the Hillside Cemetery in Delta Township. Memorial contributions may be made to the Capital Area Humane Society. Arrangements are by the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel.