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Community crafts memories of local artist

By: Joyia Emard, Loomis News Editor
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Services will be held this Sunday, Jan. 29, for Loomis artist Millie Beatie, 68, who died on Jan. 6, after a short battle with lung cancer. Services begin at 1:30 p.m., at Shepherd of the Sierras Presbyterian Church, 5400 Barton Rd,. followed by a celebration of life at the Blue Goose Event Center on Taylor Road. Beatie is best known for the pottery she created, showed and sold at area shows, including at the Loomis Eggplant Festival. Her studio on Arcadia Avenue was a regular stop on the Loomis Art Loop. Her pieces were made in porcelain and high-fired stoneware and were even featured in a show at the Crocker Art Museum, in Sacramento. On her website, Millie wrote, “Clay is so much like life with the wonderful surprises being much more exciting than the planned and predictable.” Local artist Victoria Brooks said, “She was a friend, and fellow artist in our long-running Loomis Art Loop and an important member of our wonderful community. Her beautiful art, giving spirit and always sunny disposition will be sorely missed by me as well as all those who were touched by her special life.” Her daughter-in-law, Mary Grandy, said Beatie raised her sons, Aaron Grandy, of Foresthill and Dwayne Grandy, of Paradise, in Auburn before moving to Roseville. She had lived in Loomis for 12 years. Mary Grandy said Beatie worked as a claims adjuster for insurance companies and discovered her love of pottery when she took a class at Sierra College in the mid 1990s. By the late 1990s she was selling her artistic pottery that was designed for actual use. Mary Grandy said Beatie was very generous about donating her pottery to charitable organizations and she also volunteered with Loomis Basin Soroptimists, the Loomis Basin Chamber of Commerce and The Gathering Inn. Beatie, Mary Grandy said, built a studio in her home and had two kilns to fire her pieces. She said Beatie loved nothing more than listening to books on tape while she created her art on the potter’s wheel. Brenda Newsom, a fellow Soroptimist, said Beatie loved being in the organization and volunteered to create custom commemorative pieces from clay for the group’s Loomisopoly game. She said that Beatie chaired an effort to provide items for the Gathering Inn to help women and girls. Last week, the group presented those items.