Elizabeth (Beth) Clowers
Beth Acri Clowers passed away on February 2, 2023. Beth was born in Cedar Rapids and raised in Des Moines, Iowa. A Lincoln High cheerleader, she continued her education at the University of Iowa. She graduated from Iowa in 1974, and was a fervent Hawkeye fan forevermore.
After graduation, she moved to Santa Barbara California, then spent a year traveling throughout South America. Having learned to speak Spanish on her trip, she became a bilingual Social Worker. Later she worked for the CAC (Community Action Committee) serving free lunches, where again speaking Spanish came in a very handy. Beth also worked for the US Postal Service, and Enrico and Associates accounting firm.
She met her husband Pat Clowers in 1976 and was married in 1982. They enjoyed a wonderful life together for 40 years in a home near enough to the Santa Barbara Mission they could hear the Mission bells ring daily. They had two children together, a son Connor born in 1983 , and a daughter Laura born in 1986.
Beth was a devoted wife and mom, great cook (particularly excelling in Italian cuisine!), exercise fanatic, and a major dog fan. She was an active PTA member at Roosevelt Grade School helping to raise money to rebuild the school through the jog-a-thon for several years. She was a member of a tap dancing troupe who performed at the Lobero Theater. When she was 45 she survived a very serious ovarian cancer ordeal & frequently quipped afterwards “only the good die young”. She was a fighter and “refused to go gently into that good night” as Dylan Thomas so aptly stated. Beth was an outspoken liberal who danced to the beat of her own drum. Her passion and enthusiasm enabled her to make friends easily. She had many friends and touched many lives.
Beth was proceeded in death by her mother, Mary V Amedio Acri, her father Peter F. Acri, and her daughter Laura. She is survived by her loving husband Pat, son Connor, brothers Frank (Nancy) and Joe Acri, sister Phyllis Jackson (Glenn), stepmom Rose Acri and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. RIP Beth – you will be greatly missed.
Services for Beth will take place on March 4th at 2:30 pm, Unity Church, 227 Arrellaga St, Santa Barbara CA 93101. Donations can be made to Planned Parenthood.