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Bee Smith’s soul was as beautiful as the splendid blue gardens she created . . .

Anyone who met Bee Smith will always remember her Blue Art Garden, and they also know this was likely a very rare picture of her. In fact, she got great pleasure posing for me because we both understood the joke that gorgeous gardens like hers don’t emerge by laying around in the hammock.

Bee you profoundly touched the lives of everyone you met, and I feel blessed to have been one of the lucky people who met you.

“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a little better; whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even life has breathed easier because you have lived, this is to have succeeded.” ~ Emerson

Smith, Bee 81 – Sept. 04, 1929 Aug. 27, 2011 Phyllis Jean “Bee” (Sessions) Smith passed away Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011, of age-related health problems. Bee was born Sept. 4, 1929, in Tillamook. She graduated Valedictorian from Bay City High School, Bay City, Ore., in 1947. She attended Linfield College, where she met her future husband, Pat Smith. They were married for 57 years. Bee also attended Clackamas Community College, studying art, pottery and architectural design. She was an active member of the Hardy Plant Society and, along with her husband Pat, a member of the Oregon State University Master Gardener Program. She was very proud of her unique garden with sculptures made of blue bottles and rusty art objects. Her garden was featured in a number of publications and books. She had a passion for throwing pottery and making ceramic art. Bee loved hiking and being outdoors. She loved trekking to the coast for high tides, watching sunsets at Rocky Butte or Larch Mountain and staying to see the moonrise. She loved Blue Rock Beach and the unique sound of the waves on the rocks. Bee always spoke her mind and was sharp as a tack. Bee is survived by her husband, Pat Smith; sons, Biff (Jan) and Mike (Darcie); granddaughters, Jessica and Sarah; and brother, Bill (Marie) Sessions of Seattle. Per her instructions, we will be having a celebration of life ceremony instead of a formal funeral. This celebration will be at Pat and Bee’s home at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011. In lieu of flowers, please support the Clackamas Community College programs that she loved. Donations to Clackamas Community College Foundation in memory of Bee Smith will go to the Ceramics Program. An alternative would be the Clackamas Community College Master Gardener Endowment Fund. Donation forms will be available at the celebration. Published in The Oregonian on September 4, 2011

Click here for a link to a previous post with photos and a slideshow of other visits to Bee’s Garden.