Armrel Beecham 1924 – 2022

Written by Estero Bay News

April 23, 2023

A bold and bright spirit and friend to all was lost to us in September of last year. Armrel Kuden Beecham (Armi) was born in February of 1924 and died peacefully at her home in Clark Valley, Los Osos in September 2022.

Armrel was pre-deceased by her husband Jim Beecham and her brothers John and Jim Kuden. She is survived by her immediate family, son Craig (Angela), daughter Victoria (Robert), son Paul (Wendi), grandchildren Kent, Scarlett, Trajan, Marshall, sister-in-law Dorothy Beecham Davidson, nephews Larry, Jeff, Mark Davidson, Pat Cotter and David Kuden, nieces Lisa Hammond, Gail Kuden, Debbie Glovatsky and Candice Cotter.

Armrel was the first-born child of Victoria and Hagop Kuden who immigrated to the United States from Turkey in the early 20th century. Armrel was always proud of her Armenian heritage.

En route to Los Angeles in 1927 Armrel’s family made a brief stop in San Luis Obispo, and they never left. They later purchased a rural property on south Higuera St. where the family home was built.

Armrel attended elementary through junior college in San Luis Obispo then transferred to University of Santa Barbara where she discovered her career path in social science. After returning in the mid 1940s she became a social worker for San Luis Obispo County where she realized her passion for helping people. At this time she met Jim Beecham through her brother John They were married in May of 1949 and moved to the Kuden family ranch off Los Osos Valley Rd. A love of flowers began here with a patio filled with brilliant begonias.

Over her lifetime Armrel took great pride in being a rancher, homemaker and property manager and possessing many natural talents she excelled at all she attempted.

Armrel’s compassion dedicated her to help others, such as bestowing food or flowers or comfort or help where needed. Armrel also wanted to lift the suffering of all people and donated regularly to many causes near and far over her lifetime.

Join us in a celebration of life for Armrel, Armi, Beecham on Saturday, May 20, 2023 at 11:30 am at Cow Camp at Beecham Ranch in Los Osos, California.

Please bring a side dish or dessert to share. For directions use Cow Camp at Beecham Ranch only on Google Maps. RSVP to Beecham Ranch at gmail or call 805-528-5236.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite charity or to: Smile Train, Running Strong for American Indian Youth, or Estero Bay Kindness Coalition.

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