Erhma “Casey” (Bagg) Beattie passed away Sunday evening, April 5, 2009, following a brief illness. Erhma was born February 5, 1918 to Charles and Ethel Bagg in Buffalo, NY. As a child, she lived in Niagara Falls as well as St. Catharines, Ontario. She graduated high school in Niagara Falls, NY. She was the first President of Gaskill Jr. High School. Erhma received her degree in nursing from the University of Buffalo and was a visiting nurse in the Buffalo area during World War II. She married Dr. John D. Beattie, Jr., her husband of 63 years, on August 28, 1942. In 1946, Erhma and John moved to Warwick, NY where John joined his father in a community dental practice. During 41 years of living in Warwick, Erhma was heavily involved in community activities, including service on the board of St. Anthony’s Hospital and numerous volunteer activities with the local chapter of the American Red Cross. As an avid athlete, Erhma won tournaments in golf, bowling and tennis.

In 1983, Erhma and John retired and moved to Pawley's Island, SC. In 1988, they moved to Albuquerque, NM and in 1992 they moved to Homosassa, FL. Following the passing of her husband, John in 2005, Erhma moved to St. Petersburg, FL.

Erhma was best known for her extraordinary artwork. Although she used numerous mediums, her best work focused upon oil paintings of seascapes in which she made water and sky come alive. She also created vivid paintings of the southwestern desert, capturing the rich pastel colors of earth, rock and sun.

She is survived by her two sons, Gordon “Skip” and Dr. Paul Beattie (Karen); brother, Gordon Bagg (BettyJane) of North Tonawanda, NY; four grand-children, Skylar, Devin, Misty and Andrew Beattie; one great-grandchild, Elizabeth; nieces, nephews and many friends. Also predeceased by brother, John Bagg.

A service was held April 19th at Westminster Suncoast, St. Petersburg, FL.

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