Beth Ann Mushovic, 65, passed away suddenly and peacefully of a non-COVID-19 related illness at her home in Oceanside the evening of June 9 with her brother Jim at her side.
Beth was born into the arms of her loving and proud father, Naval Flight Surgeon Lt. James Mushovic, and Marcella Mushovic on Oct. 30, 1954 at the Infirmary Annex right before the O.B. functions were transferred across the bay to Balboa Naval Hospital. She was the middle child and only girl amid four brothers.
Beth grew into the most loving and caring of people, always supportive and loyal to her many friends. She was active in her community and her school and brought pure joy and happiness to everyone around her. Beth loved everyone and everyone loved Beth. A favorite activity was her involvement with Job’s Daughters and she is a past Honored Queen of Bethel 160, Coronado, in 1971.
Beth graduated with the Coronado High School class of 1972 and attended the University of California at Davis, graduating in 1976 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Soil Science. Her work career started with the Anheuser-Busch Budweiser Brewery located in Fairfield in Northern California as a quality control specialist. She met and married her husband Frank Seitz and those were happy times but by 1982 they divorced and it was time to turn the page and start a new life. She decided to head north to Alaska where she spent many happy years with her four brothers, their families and her mother. With her mom, she bred national prize winning Boxers, though in her later years she turned from breeding to rescuing dogs.
Initially Beth was a supervisor for Hertz in Anchorage but eventually became a manager for Span-Alaska, an important freight hauling company in Alaska. Beth met the love of her life, Kurt Luiten of Anchorage and they built a life together until his death in 2015. In 2018 she had returned to California and moved into her home in Oceanside where she packed more “good living,” hobbies and passions into her life. This included golf, gardening, quilting, ceramics, volunteering at the Mission San Luis Rey and Oceana’s Share and Wear for which she was Treasurer.
And then all too soon there was a date to play golf with Jim. Instead without warning, in a blink of an eye there was a call from the hospital. Within days it was home- hospice and then Heaven’s Gate and into the arms of angels.
Beth was preceded in death by her parents, Marcella and Dr. James Mushovic, M.D, and her brother Gary. She leaves behind her loving brothers James (Janis), Steve, and David (KJ); nieces Emily (Greg) Pruett, Jessica (Broneil) Mushovic, Megan (Tom) Irving, Sasha (Rodrigo) Mushovic and Kellyn Mushovic.
She will be greatly missed for her love of life, love of friends, love of animals and general joy in all she did. It was a joy she happily shared with others. It is a gift for which we will always be grateful.
In her memory donations in her name can be made to The Mission San Luis Rey in Oceanside.