Beatriz "Bea" Proano
1927 - 2021

August 19, 1927 ˜ May 19, 2021

Beatriz “Bea” Proano, 93, peacefully passed away to her eternal home May 19, 2021.
She is survived by brother, Hector Viteri; sons, Fernando, Pablo, and Fabian Proano; daughters, Monica Osborne and Susan Delong. She is preceded in death by father, Alejandro Viteri; mother, Anita Viteri; brothers, Alejandro, Enrique, Antonio, Hugo and Miguel; sisters, Graciela Ruiz and Maruja Valdez.
Bea was born in Quito, Ecuador Aug. 19, 1927. She and Augusto Proano, a young medical graduate, were married May 20, 1952. Within days, they were on their way to Vancouver, WA, for Augusto’s internship. Initially, plans were to return to Ecuador after Augusto’s postgraduate psychiatry training was complete. Ten years and five relocation's later, they were back “home” in Vancouver.
Bea was devoted to her husband, Augusto, five children, 13 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. She was loved by all who got to know her. She was a faithful Catholic Christian. Bea was an active member of Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Joseph’s Catholic Churches. She volunteered at local schools giving presentations on Ecuadorian culture. She assisted bookkeeping, office management at Augusto’s psychiatry practice. Bea was an accomplished watercolor artist. She enjoyed traveling with Augusto visiting South America, Europe, Far and Middle East. She enjoyed playing tennis and soccer. Bea participated in the Women’s League at Vancouver Tennis Club until 2012. Bea was the Original Soccer Mom of Vancouver Washington beginning in 1967. Bea was an avid Portland Timbers fan since 1975 and in 2011, Honorary Member Portland Timbers Army Northern Alliance.
A memorial liturgy service will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Thursday, June 24, 2021, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations “in memory of Bea Proano” to Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave. Floor 17. Chicago, IL 60601. are preferred.
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Published by The Columbian on Jun. 3, 2021.
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, WA
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She was such a sweet and fun lady on our tennis team.
Janine Hook
June 19, 2021
so many memories at the tennis club at the bridge table all the parties and the weddings!! What a wonderful life.
maureen f schroder
June 15, 2021
Dear Dr. Fernando Proano,
I met your mother in (I believe) 1979. I worked at Rapid Print in Hazel Dell and helped her with a custom order of invitations. If memory serves me correctly, they were invitations to a party celebrating your graduation from medical school.
Your mother was warm and friendly. I remember thinking I wish I had her as a neighbor. To me, her spirit exuded fun for life, honored the privilege to celebrate children, and a person that cared openly.
The biggest mark she made on my heart was her joy, delight, and pride in your accomplishment. I resolved to never forget our interactions if I ever became a mother.
Some people come from a loving supportive home and it is natural to pass that along into their own families. Others, like me, need to find role models and mix that with their own inner goodness to be the best parents possible.
While she and I only talked several times, your mother was on the list of my role models for being a mother.
May this note bring a smile to you. You know she made a positive difference in the lives of those she saw often, but she also made a difference in brief encounters.
* I went on to be a Super Mom, always there in mind and spirit for my children. Even for late night talks that started with a goodnight hug and ended hours later sitting on the hallway floor, as I was mentally present whenever their hearts poured out their feelings and dreams.
My son became an Eagle Scout, college graduate, and a successful owner of a distribution business.
My daughter graduated college and within a few weeks used her wings I helped her to grow. She is a dual citizen in Australia, works for an international technology company, and has her own business shipping her custom handcrafted items world wide.
Your mother had a small part in me helping my children become good people and the celebrating I did at their milestones.
May the many stories that come your way become a part of her legacy in your family.

Cyndee Pearson
June 10, 2021
My sympathy to Fernando, Pablo, Fabian, Monica, and Susan. (I remember each of you from my days working for your father in the 1970s.) Your mother was a kind and gentle lady -- always courteous and very proud of each of you. I cannot imagine a more supportive mother. May your memories be warm and fun. I think she would like that.
Deborah Maria
June 5, 2021
Bea was a warm and lovely lady. She brought joy and comfort to all who knew her. We will miss her.
Jim and Randi Holland
June 5, 2021
She was always very good to all of us. Yes, she was the original soccer Mom. Nice lady and a great family. My condolences to the family.
June 3, 2021
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