She was born March 28, 1925, in Lexington, KY, to Walter Thomas and Nancy Ellen (Lowry) Handy.
Beatrice retired from Accurate Castings. She was a member of First Free Will Baptist Church in Rolling Prairie, IN. She was an avid Cubs fan.
On Nov. 1, 1947, in Lexington, KY, she married Henry McAlister, who preceded her in death on Jan. 1, 1994.
Beatrice was also preceded in death by her parents; son, Robert Wayne (Asmah) McAlister; grandson, Christopher Cunningham; two brothers, James and Jesse Handy; and two sisters, Ruth and Mary.
She is survived by her children, Henry (Rhoda) McAlister Jr. of Kingsford Heights, IN, Nancy (Dave) Inman of South Bend, IN, Walter (Theresa) McAlister of Ardmore, OK, Mark (Pam) McAlister of South Bend, Vickie (Rick) Swanson of Union Mills, IN, John (Victoria) McAlister of LaPorte, and Rose Cunningham of LaPorte; 26 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and one brother, Ora Handy of East Point, FL.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 17, at Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center, LaPorte, with Pastor Nathan Wireman and Pastor Lenard Johnson officiating. Visitation will be Sunday, Dec. 16, from 3 to 7 p.m. and Monday from 9:30 a.m. until the service. Interment will follow the service in Rolling Prairie Cemetery.
Contributions may be made to the family of Beatrice McAlister c/o Cutler Funeral Home, 2900 Monroe St., LaPorte, IN 46350.
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