Beth A. Broadbent, loving wife of the late Steven P. Broadbent, passed away on January 19, 2022, at the age of 71. A lifelong resident of Middleboro, MA, she was born to the late Vincent and Elizabeth Sukeforth and is predeceased by her brother, the late Lyle Sukeforth of Easton, MA. Beth graduated from Middleboro High School in 1968 and earned her associate degree from Bridgewater State University. She and Steve married on October 6, 1972, and began their life together, raising their two children Randy Broadbent of Middleboro and Nikkie Gaitan of Dedham MA.
Beginning a long and successful career within healthcare administration, including her high school job at the local pharmacy, she became the Director of Payroll at Lakeville Hospital in Lakeville, MA until it’s closure in 1992. She then moved on to the Paul A. Dever State School in Taunton, MA until it’s closure. Excited to begin the next chapter of her life, Beth retired in 2008 from the Department of Industrial Accidents for the Commonwealth of MA in Walpole, MA.
After meeting Steve and starting a family, Beth enjoyed spending weekends at the racetrack cheering on Steve and son Randy, and spending time with the extended racing family- a tradition that would span their lifetime- and in between, they would spend time camping at Nauset & Scusset Beach with family, both experiences creating lasting memories and so many cherished friendships. The fond memories brought the two of them back to the coast in the most recent years to share more time together at the beach.
Beth’s true passion was traveling all over the country to see the sights and visit with family and friends. Beth planned many excursions for the family and then for she and Steve. She loved spending time in Camden, Maine as well as South Carolina, and was so grateful for her recent trips to Arizona and Florida to reunite with long missed family and friends. After years of dreaming, the trip which stole her heart was when she and Steve took their “trip of a lifetime” in 2012 to California and Hawaii which she treasured so deeply for all the years that followed.
The simplest pleasures in life brought much joy to Beth, taking in a show at the theater, enjoying a concert with friends, or relaxing by the coast with Steve. Nothing was more important than enjoying time with family and friends. Everyone loved to be around Beth, to talk with her and laugh with her. She was never one to take life too seriously and always joked and her laugh was absolutely infectious. She so loved her coffee dates with the girls, her trivia nights, and extended Saturday lunches with the whole family. She treasured time spent with son Randy and fiancé Kerry Cook, as well daughter Nikkie and son-in-law Jamie Gaitan.
Beth leaves behind three grandchildren, Lola, Asher, and Noah who were the light of her life. Spending time baking in the kitchen with Lola, learning history with Asher, and playing board games with Noah are just a few of the most precious memories. Nana’s kind heart and warm, inviting nature will be so missed.
Beth will be laid to rest with her beloved husband Steve in a private graveside service. A memorial and celebration of life will be planned later this year and all loved ones are welcome to attend.
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