Loss of Arba-Della Beck

Loss of Arba-Della Beck

Jun 18, 2021

It is with great sadness that we share news that our President Emerita, Arba-Della Beck, has passed away after a courageous battle with cancer.  It comforts us all to know that her final days were spent surrounded by family in her Stillwater home.

Arba-Della shared her big heart and administrative gifts with FamilyMeans from 1996-2020. Under her leadership, the agency grew in its impact on the community, the excellence of its programs, and expanded its facilities to include the beautiful main office in Stillwater, the Center for Grief campus in St. Paul, and the Youth Development Center in Cimarron. More so, Arba-Della hired strong staff members, collaborated with board members, and befriended donors. She was a wonderful peer colleague to many St. Croix Valley nonprofits. Her background in social work helped us all to keep FamilyMeans mission centered on serving clients.

Arba-Della was active with the Stillwater Sunrise Rotary, The Council on Accreditation, and Trinity Lutheran Church. She loved to travel and experience other cultures. She made an utterly delicious toffee at Christmas time. She spoiled her cats, even ones who frequented her office window. She was beloved by many; we will miss her quiet counsel and her clever wit!

Our prayers and thoughts go out to her four adult children and their families, along with her many cherished friends.  

Her mark on FamilyMeans will not be forgotten.

Jim Kroening
President & CEO


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