Beatrice Sanbrano (Quintana)
Beatrice L. “Bea” Sanbrano slipped peacefully away on February 5, 2018 at Heritage Villa where she had spent the last year and the previous year at Greenfield Extended Living Facilities. She was 96 years old. Funeral services have been entrusted to the care of Arnold Moore & Neekamp Funeral Home in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.
She was known by her friends and family for her ability to love deeply. She inspired all who knew her to live a life bigger and brighter. Bea was known for her love and passion for her church of St. John Before the Latin Gate Catholic Church, where she had been a practicing Catholic her entire life.
Bea Sanbrano was the daughter of the late Mary and Meleico Quintana. She was the first of nine children. She was born on August 23, 1921 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. After a short while the Quintana family moved to Bartlesville, where Bea lived her remaining life. She received her education at St. John Catholic School and Central and College High Schools in Bartlesville. She and John Sanbrano were married shortly after Bea graduated from College High in Bartlesville. They made their home here except for different assignments John made while he was employed with Phillips Petroleum Company.
Bea’s two children, Paul and Sharon are her legacy. She is survived by her son, Paul of Edmond, Oklahoma and their daughter, Sharon and her husband, Steve Domann of Bartlesville. She leaves behind three grandchildren, Jessica Domann of Houston and Scott Domann of Los Angeles, Jennifer Hester of Catoosa, Oklahoma (also great-grand Baby Hester due in two weeks), numerous nephews and nieces and three siblings: David T. Quintana of Allen, Texas, Leta A. Weathersby of Wichita, Kansas and Robert J. Quintana of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Bea was preceded in death by five siblings: Emanuel Quintana, Betty Taylor, Raymond Quintana, Fred Quintana and Billy Quintana.
Bea took advantage of several opportunities while entering the world of business. She gained from all of them and also became a better person for the knowledge derived from each of the opportunities. She began her career in Retail Sales, starting at H.S. Kress Five and Dime for three years, followed by employment with Phillips Petroleum Company working in the original Phillips Research Laboratories on fifth street. Next came three years with local clothing store, Lerners, four years at C. R. Anthony, followed by eight years at J.C. Penny’s. Prepared for greater responsibility, she left Penney’s to become manager of the Gunn Brothers Stamp store. This was a job she held for eight years. She then spent eight years with Martins Department Store.
Bea rejoined Phillips again in July 1976, this time as a Security Officer and became the first woman to work in that position. Her first five years in Security were spent on Post 23 at the Research Center. In 1981, she was assigned to the Phillips Building Lobby and remained in that position until she retired.
During and after retirement, Bea continued her civic and volunteer activities. She helped many times as a teacher’s aide and cafeteria volunteer at St. John School, the Bartlesville Red Cross, the Rosary Society, St. Rita’s Altar Society, and Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Dewey and was a long-time volunteer at the Mary Martha Outreach.
Bea was also very good at maintaining a beautiful yard. The flowers she grew were beautiful and abundant. She also loved fresh vegetables and was very successful in gardening and she shared her produce.
She contributed to many worthwhile causes. The new St. John School addition was a project she supported, as well as her support for the Diocesan Fund and the Church itself.
The Catholic Society in Chicago was one of her philanthropic associations she supported. She couldn’t do things on a large scale, but she could handle small goals, such as providing funds for children’s shoes, coats, sheetrock and lumber for remodeling, broken windows or for whatever might be needed. She was recognized as an outstanding contributor of over $15,000 for lifetime contributions. She received letters of recognition and home visits to Bartlesville by the President of the Society. Small things add up over a lifetime. She was very proud of her accomplishments.
She also would tell you that she had said many rosaries for people who had special needs whether strangers of family members. The Rosary was one of her tools for getting things done.
Bea was a special lady and was a gift to anyone who came in contact with her.
In lieu of flowers, the Sanbrano family asks that donations be made to the St. John Catholic School at 715 South Johnstone, Bartlesville, OK 74003.
A Rosary will be said on Friday, February 9, at 6:00 PM in the Arnold Moore & Neekamp Funeral Home, 710 S. Dewey Ave. In addition, a Family Rosary service will be held also at the funeral home at 10:00 AM on Saturday, February 10 (just prior to the start of the Mass).
A memorial Mass celebrating Bea’s life will be held at St. John Before the Latin Gate Catholic Church in Bartlesville, at 11:00 AM, Saturday, February 10. Following the Mass, interment will be at the White Rose Cemetery.