Obituary of Astrid Beattie
Astrid "Ann" Beattie, age 90, of St. Petersburg, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, March 17, 2021. She was born and raised in Cranston, Rhode Island. After raising her three children in Muskegon, Michigan and working for Muskegon Community College in the Humanities and Science Departments, Astrid and her husband, Donald, moved to Sarasota, Florida in 1977. She worked for Dr. Charles Holmes, Orthodontist and retired in 1997. They then moved to St. Petersburg in 1997 to be near their new grandson.
Astrid was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Donald Beattie; daughter Karen Beattie; and her sister Esther. She is survived by her sons, Keith(Cheryl) Beattie of St. Petersburg and Greg(Cindy) Beattie of Bradenton; grandchildren Shannon(Lance) Reed of Lake Arrowhead, California, Geoffrey Beattie of St. Petersburg, and Jessice(Ben) Howard of Royal Oak, Michigan; great-grandchildren Garrett Reed and Theodore Rush; sister Alva Carlson; and several nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly.
Astrid was a member of the Red Hat Society in St. Petersburg. Her life was devoted to her family, community and work. She participated in charity runs as a walker with her grandson and was an avid reader. She was also a huge Tampa Bay Rays fan.
Astrid loved spending time with her family, and in particular with her grandchildren. The love between Astrid and her Grandchildren shined. Her Granddaughter, Shannon, loved to travel to St. Petersburg to visit her Grandmother and would spoil her with shopping sprees, museum visits, exquisite meal preparations and long talks. She and her Grandson, Geoffrey, would see each other every day and share long talks every evening. She commented frequently that she did not know what she would do without Geoffrey (and the entire family knows this to be true). Astrid was a remarkable person and will be greatly missed.
Astrrid will be reunited with her husband when she is interred at Bay Pines National Cemetery. A Celebration of Astrid's Life will be held at a later date when family is able to attend. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests an act of kindness or a donation in Astrid's name to the charity of your choice.
Astrid kept a plaque next to her chair that reads "Do one thing every day that makes you happy." The family wishes that all those who loved Astrid will follow this simple message.