Hjalmar and Agnes had emigrated to the United States from Sweden in 1908 shortly after Marguerite's birth, and settled in San Francisco. However, they didn't enjoy the lifestyle too much and by 1911 they had saved up enough money to get by for a while and were planning to move back home to Sweden. Beatrice, her mother and sister had been visiting her mother's parents in Hultsjö as well as friends in Forserum before boarding the Titanic to return to the United States.
Shortly after Titanic's collision with the iceberg at 11:40 p.m. on April 14, Agnes and Elna were woken by a steward and told to get up to the boat deck. The women dressed their daughters and made their way to the deck. In the confusion on the aft well deck ladder, Agnes lost sight of the Ströms and never saw them again; Elna and Selma both perished.
The Sandströms were loaded into Lifeboat No. 13 which was picked up by the rescue ship RMS Carpathia. The ship arrived in New York City on April 18. After its arrival, Agnes and her daughters were sent to St. Vincent Hospital, and then continued on their way to California. In the fall of 1912, the Sandström family moved back to Motala, Östergötland, Sweden.
Although Beatrice did not remember anything about the voyage, as a child, she used to say: "Look, the moon is falling down", perhaps in reference to the distress rockets fired as the ship went down.
After the sinking, Agnes and her daughters headed back to San Francisco for only a few months. They sold their house, packed up everything they owned and returned to New York. It has been said that because of what happened on the Titanic, Hjalmar bought their tickets from the Cunard Line and in August 1912, the family sailed back to England aboard the RMS Mauretania as Second Class passengers. From England they sailed on another ship for Sweden, where they remained for the rest of their lives.
Later life and death
In 1988, Beatrice returned to the United States for the first time since 1912 when she took part in a gathering of Titanic survivors organized by the Titanic Historical Society.
Beatrice died on September 3, 1995 at the age of 85 in Motala, Östergötland, Sweden. At the time of her death, she was the tenth remaining survivor of the disaster.