Beatrice Gray Walton was born on October 11, 1927, in Greenbrier, West Virginia. Her parents were Eric Ivan Walton (31 years old) and Myrtle Ellen (Rigsby) Walton (22 years old). She was the mother of Ernest Wilson (Brown) Lively Jr. and the paternal grandmother of Blake and Eric Lively, both actors.

Beatrice Gray Walton

Beatrice Gray Walton

On January 17, 1946, Beatrice married Ernest Wilson Brown Sr in Covington, Virginia, United States. Together, they had two children: Ernest Wilson Brown Jr. (1947-2021), a boy, and Betty Ann Brown, a daughter (1952–1996). Beatrice passed away on November 25, 1994, in Baltimore, Maryland, at the age of 67, and was buried at Glen Haven Memorial Park in Glen Burnie, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, USA.

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During Beatrice's lifetime, eight significant World Events occurred:

1. Around 13 million people lost their employment in 1929, when she was two years old, due to the Wall Street stock market collapse that began the Great Depression. President Herbert Hoover declined direct federal help at the time.

2. The SS Patrick Henry was inaugurated in 1941, when Beatrice was 14 years old. It was the first Liberty ship to be dedicated on September 27, 1941, at the Bethlehem-Fairfield shipyard. It was named after Patrick Henry's famous remark, "give me liberty, or give me death."

3. In 1945, when Beatrice was 18 years old, peace reigned in a postwar world. The Yalta Conference was convened in Crimea to discuss creating peace and postwar rebuilding in Europe. The United States, the United Kingdom, and the Soviet Union established the Government Head. As a result, the Conference became a source of contention when it launched the Cold War.