BRUSH PRAIRIE — In loving memory of Elizabeth (Beth) Kulju, who died at home at Brookdale Senior Living Center on Nov. 11, 2017, from complications of pneumonia. Despite profound weakness, Beth’s fiery spirit and precise logic endured through her final days.
Beth was born on February 14, 1931 in Camas, Washington to Robert and Leotta (Sams) Madison. Beth was a beautiful majorette for the high school band and the Rose Festival Princess of 1948. She was full of love and pride for her son,
Robert (Bob), born in 1951. Beth and Onni Kulju were married March 23, 1964 and enjoyed a wonderful marriage of 54 years, golfing, clam digging, entertaining, traveling, and spending time with family.
Meticulous organizational skills served Beth well in her career as a bookkeeper for Studebaker and International Trade. She strived for perfection in all of her endeavors, and we’ll always wonder if she ever found that last speck of dust. Beth had a knack for straight drives, fairways and two putts — holding on to a ladies’ championship at Surfside Golf Club at the age of 84.
Her fuchsia and flower gardens were carefully tended and admired by all visitors to her home. She had a passion for cooking both old and new recipes. When describing a dish her hands would come up and she’d close her eyes and say “… and it was sooo good” while remembering some unique flavor.
Beth’s life, like a favorite recipe, was … so good.
Beth is preceded in death by her parents; stepfather, Leo; and sister, Donna. She is survived by her husband, Onni; son, Bob; daughter-in-law, Carol; grandchildren, Dannielle Ledbetter (Derek Beyers) and Jamie Harbick (Josh); and was great grandmother to Dannielle’s children, Dillynn and Tatum (the boxer).
She requested family and friends celebrate her life without a service. Her ashes will be dispersed on the beach at Oysterville, so please say hello next time you’re on the Peninsula for a clam tide.