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Bethany S. Bequette

Bethany S. Bequette, 23 years old, Of Sainte Genevieve, MO, died Saturday, July 3, 2021 at Mercy Hospital St. Louis in Creve Coeur, MO.

She was born December 30, 1997 in St. Louis, MO.

She issurvived  by Parents, Terry & Jerri (Colburn) Bequette of Sainte Genevieve, MO; Two Sisters, Breanna (Leo) Reuther of Saint Louis, MO, Brittany Bequette (Fiance Corey Samples) of Sainte Genevieve, MO; Grandfather, Bill Colburn of Bloomsdale, MO; Many Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and Friends.

She was preceded in death by Grandmother, Linda Colburn; Grandparents, John & Margie Bequette

There will be a celebration of Bethany’s life Friday July 9, 2021 from 11:00 am till 4:00 pm at the Mill Room at the Dew Drop Inn, Bloomsdale, MO. Short ceremony and sharing of stories of Bethany will take place at 11:30 am

In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to Bloomsdale Elementary School

“A friend to all.”

“Her smile could light up a room.”

“She never met a stranger.”

Those are common phrases we often see in obituaries and say in conversations about the dead, and they can often feel cliché and insincere. But in Bethany’s case, they’re accurate descriptors of a life well-lived–although it was much too short.

To have known Bethany is to have known someone who would never let you feel left out.

To have known Bethany is to have known effortless belly laughs even during life’s most trivial moments.

To have known Bethany is to have known the type of friendship that feels like family.

Bethany was such a bright and positive force that even just writing about her in the past tense makes the world feel unbearably dull. A teacher to the core, she taught everyone in her life what it means to have fun in every situation, even when things feel hard and heavy. From before she was born and throughout her 23 years, Bethany boldly faced each challenge with humor and positivity–an approach we could all learn from.

She found the most joy in the little things in life: driving around with friends to get sodas and listen to music, enjoying some chicken nuggets after sleeping in until noon, keeping up her Snap streaks, educating her older sisters and brothers in law about what “kids these days” are up to, snuggling with her fur nieces and nephew, watching the same few shows numerous times through, and staying up way too late making all her friends laugh.

Though her time on this earth was impossibly and utterly unfairly limited, Bethany (Bethy, Precious, Betty, Beth, Boo Boo, B3, B-Dog, Betharoo, et cetera) will forever live on in the hearts and minds of the countless family members, friends, students, and colleagues for whom life will never be the same without her in it.

She was a daughter, a sister, a cousin, a niece, a granddaughter, a bestie, a teacher, a Dragon, a Redhawk, an entertainer, a goofball, and a beam of light in a dark world. She will be missed more than words can say.

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