She, husband honeymooned aboard the ill-fated ship
Ethel Bean, one of the remaining survivors of the sinking of the S.S. Titanic on April 15, 1912, died Saturday in Rochester. She had been living at a Rochester nursing home in recent years. She was 90.
Throughout her life she never spoke about the experience, except to family members. Relatives had said her husband, Edward, who died in 1948, set the policy of silence, according to a story published in the Democrat and Chronicle on the 70th anniversary of the catastrophe.
According to the newspaper account, there were 12 couples, including the Beanes, known to be on honeymoons aboard the Titanic. Mr. Beane had lived in Rochester for a time before he went back to England to bring home his bride. The Titanic sank on its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City.
Mrs. Beane, interviewed shortly after the sinking, said she had seen members of the Titanic's crew holding men back at gunpoint from the lifeboat stations after the order was given for only women and children to board the boats. According to the interview, she said she had seen one man shot.
Her husband was the only surviving groom among the dozen honeymooners. He had jumped from the Titanic as it sank and was later pulled into a lifeboat.
The Beanes, according to accounts at the time of the sinking, were brought aboard the S. S. Carpathia, but neither realized the other was saved until the ship reached New York City.
Mrs. Beane is survived by her son, George Beane, of Rochester; four granddaughters and six great-grandchildren.
September 17, 1983. Mrs. Beane is survived by her son, George, four granddaughters, 6 great-grandchildren, a sister and nieces and nephews in England.
Services will be at the convenience of the family at Younglove-Smith Funeral Home, Inc. Interment private, White Haven Memorial Park. Friends wishing may contribute to the Parma Greece United Church of Christ Organ Fund, 1211 Manitou Rd., Hilton, NY 14468.