Berenice May Bloomquist
Passed on Aug 8, 2014
BERENICE MAY BLOOMQUIST
Our accomplished and lovely mother, Berenice May Bloomquist, passed away peacefully at age 95 on August 8, 2014, in Des Moines, Washington.
Berenice was born to Austin and Ellena Ryan in 1919 in Portland, Oregon. She met her husband of 69 years, Stanford Bloomquist, in Crane, Oregon, where they were both high school teachers. They married in 1942 in Portland. Stan taught Berenice to drive a car so she could pick him up after he skied down the slopes of Mt. Hood!
Berenice graduated from Grant High School in Portland, received her undergraduate degree at Lewis and Clark College, and received her Masters’ degree in counseling from the University of Washington at age 50. She concluded her counseling career after opening Tyee High School in the Highline School District.
Stan and Berenice built a home and raised their three children in Gregory Heights in Burien. They spent many happy retirement years living and playing golf at Glenacres.
Berenice is survived by her three children, Dr. Dale Bloomquist (Dr. Heidi Horowitz) of Seattle, Nancy Brockbank (Wayne) of Utah, and Karen Duffy (Patrick) of Edgewood. Also survived by grandchildren Marta Bloomquist, Dr. Danica Bloomquist (Laurent Guex), Wes Brockbank (Emily), Brynna Brockbank, Dierdre Duffy, Claire Duffy and Tory Frol (Garrett) and eight and one-half great-grandchildren!
Berenice was preceded in death by her husband Stan (2012) and grandson McKell Brockbank.
A private family service will be held. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Highline Schools Foundation, 15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW, Burien WA 98166 or donate online at www.highlineschoolsfoundation.org.
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