We get asked all the time if Aunt Bea is a real person. I never imagined that people would think we made her up for marketing purposes, although I can see now how one might drawn that conclusion. Bernice Waniska, lovingly known as Aunt Bea, was my great aunt (my grandma Helen’s sister) and I loved her dearly. She passed away in 2009 and I miss her very much. It is difficult to put into words what she brought to my life. Naming our apiary after her is the best way I can think of to honor her memory because this little non-profit means the world to me, just as she did. I hope that what we are doing on our farm would make her proud.
The photo we use for our logo is her high school senior portrait. It was taken in the 1940’s. Here are a couple of photos of us. This is before camera quality became so advanced!
Big Lake, Missouri 1981
4th of July 1985
Disney World 1988 – Cousin Chad, Aunt Bea, Nikki, Grandma Helen, Aunt Lou
Bea’s House for my bridal shower in 2000.
Now you know the story, and hopefully the love that went into choosing the name “Aunt Bea’s Apiary” will make the honey that much sweeter.