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Vieno Miriam Annunen Beasley ’43

Vieno Miriam Annunen Beasley ’43, December 9, 2011, at her home on the Clackamas River, Oregon. Miriam grew up in north Portland, bilingual in Finnish and English, and with a great appreciation for her Finnish heritage. After studying at Reed for two years, she left to marry James Beas-ley and to raise a family of four in their home on the Clackamas River. Miriam completed a BA in education from Portland State University in 1964 and taught first grade for 20 years at Clackamas Elementary School. In retirement, until she was 89, she assisted at Park Place School in Oregon City. Though teaching and helping others was her mainstay, Miriam enjoyed activities in the great outdoors. She climbed Mount Hood, did tent camping with her family, gave many Clackamas County residents swimming lessons at local pools and on the river, and reveled in vacations at the Oregon coast. Survivors include two daughters and two sons, 12 grandchildren, and numerous great- and great-great-grandchildren.

Appeared in Reed magazine: June 2012

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