Beatrice Arbour Parrott, a professional baseball player from the All American Girls Professional Baseball League, passed away peacefully on Monday, June 10 2019, in Fall River, Massachusetts. Beatrice was well known and loved by many for her warm spirit, big heart and quick wit. She was 98.
Beatrice was born in Gaspe, Quebec, on December 2, 1920. She emigrated to Somerset as a child and was iconic in the development of local sports teams for girls. In 1947, Bea went on to play for the Racine Bells in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League. Her crowning sports moment came when she and all other women under contract were honored with an exhibit and listed in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.
In 1952 she married Donald Parrott. They then built their home in Somerset and had 4 children. Bea was the first local female milkman, and she drove a school bus for Somerset Public Schools. Beatrice had a green thumb and an abiding love of nature that she passed on to many of her relations. She is predeceased by her husband Donald, daughter Susan Parrott Branco, and her siblings Roland, Concorde, and Louis. Beatrice is survived by three sons and myriad grandchildren and great grandchildren who are grateful to have loved her and to have been guided by her good humored example.
In accordance with her wishes she was cremated and a Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Saturday, June 22, 2019, at 11:00AM, in St. Louis de France Church, Swansea, followed by interment in Nathan Slade Cemetery, Somerset. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Bea’s name to the American Cancer Society or to the Women’s Sports Foundation.
Contributed By: Merrie Fidler