Beatrice Sandström was born in San Francisco, California on 9 August 1910, the daughter of Hjalmar Leonard Sandström (born 21 June 1886 in Forserum, Småland), an ironworker and later a merchant who had emigrated to the USA 11 August 1906 and Agnes Charlotta Sandström (nee Bengtsson; born 8 November 1887 in Lerbäck, Örebro County) who had emigrated to the USA on 5 May 1906.
Beatrice, as well as her sister Margit (born in Chicago, Illinois), were christened in the Methodist Episcopal Church 28 July 1911 in San Francisco.
They boarded the Titanic at Southampton as third class passengers.
When the family returned to Sweden, her father bought a shop in Sund, near Forserum in Småland.
Her three brothers were later born in Sweden; Vilhelm Leonard 24 February 1913 in Hultsjö, Jönköpings County, Bengt Alfred 13 December 1916 in Virserum, Kalmar County, and Lars Magnus 9 September 1924, also in Virserum.
In school, her classmates did not know about her Titanic experience and when she mentioned it, few people actually believed her. She remembered nothing about the trip itself and could only tell what other people had told her, but once said that when she was a child she used to say: "Look, the moon is falling down", perhaps recalling the rockets fired as the ship went down.
Later in life she ran a bakery in Motala, Östergötland, Sweden until she retired. She died 3 September 1995 and is buried at Klockrike Kyrkogård, Klockrike, Sweden.