Born May 9, 1920, as Beatrice Louise McKean, Ragains died peacefully in her sleep at Mercy Care Adult Family Home in Gig Harbor Dec. 27, 2017. As a young schoolgirl, she was teased with cries of “Bea Bea Bumble Bee” and thus preferred the name Louise. She graduated from Vaughn Union High School, class of 1938.
Ragains spent the last 30 years of her life living in the home she designed and built in Longbranch. She was an active member of the community and a longtime member of the Longbranch Improvement Club, where she served on its board of directors. A fiercely self-reliant woman, Louise demonstrated her strength of character by living independently well into her 90s until she grew too frail to remain at home. With her charming sense of humor and warm smile, she, along with her favorite cat, Felix, continued to make true friends along the way. Toward the end, “Bea Bea Bumble Bee” was a name that made her laugh, smile and reply “Yes, yes, it is me.” She will not be forgotten.
Ragains is survived by her son, Robert, and daughter-in-law, Ann Yeager. of Arizona; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.