OBITUARY - BETH BEYMER EASON
Beth BEYMER EASON, 92, died of pneumonia at the Ringgold County Hospital in Mount Ayr, Iowa on August 5, 2000.
Beth was born just southwest of Diagonal, Iowa, on October 10, 1907, to George Alonzo and Mary Estella SHAFER BEYMER.
She was the seventh of nine children in this family. She later moved with her family to Creston, Tingley and Mount Ayr
where she graduated from the Mount Ayr high school in 1925. After completing the Normal Training Program offered by the
Mount Ayr high school she taught in the county country schools for a number of years.
In 1929 she was married to Paul J. EASON of Diagonal at the Methodist Church parsonage in Mount Ayr. Following her
marriage she became a full time homemaker.
She and Paul made their home in Diagonal where their first son Jim was born. Later they moved to Mount Ayr where their
second son Clair "Skip" was born. In 1934 they moved to the family farm where they resided until her untimely death.
Beth served as a Washington township 4-H leader for several years. She served a second brief stint as a country school
teacher in 1946-47 as she completed a term for another teacher at the Washington township #9 school.
Beth was a Methodist Church member and was active with the United Methodist Women as long as her health permitted.
Beth's family was her life. Her sons and daughters-in-law provided her and Paul with eight grandchildren, 22
great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. She was a hard to follow model of what a grandma is to be to
their grandchildren. She remained close and involved with the greats and great-greats even though some lived out of the
area. She was referred to as "Grandma Beth" by her own children, her grandchildren, of course, and a host of non-related
adults and children who knew her.
Beth enjoyed gardening and took care of it as well as she did children. She felt working in the soil was good for the
Until death came she spoke often of her husband Paul. They were a team. She missed him so.
She was preceded in death by her husband Paul in 1978; two great-grandsons, Lucas EASON and Cole SMITH; her four brothers:
Paul BEYMER, Mark BEYMER, Luther BEYMER and infant BEYMER; three of her sisters: Olive (Mrs. Neil) JOHNSON, Esther (Mrs.
Orlo) JOHNSON, and infant BEYMER; and all of her sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.
She is survived by her two sons and
their spouses, Jim and Nina EASON of rural Mount Ayr and their four children, Steve and Alisa EASON and their daughters,
Amanda, Sara and Kelli, of Clarinda, Curt and Mary EASON and their sons Jim, Chris, Kyle and Korey of Mount Ayr, Mike and
Lori EASON and their daughters Elizabeth and Jennifer of Dubuque and Susan EASON of Kansas City, Missouri; Clair "Skip"
and Donna EASON of Waukee, and their four children, Ted and Paula Eason of La Crosse, Wisconsin and their children, Hilary
and daughter Kendell and son Carter of West Des Moines, Paul and Jill EASON of Nixa, Missouri and Adrienne and daughter
Emma also of Nixa, Missouri; Terry EASON and his son Trey of Waukee and son Tyler of Norwalk; Debra EASON SMITH and
husband Doug and their sons Adam, Lucas and Dylan of Waukee; Jo Ann EASON SCHLITTER and husband Terry and their son Cody
and daughters Donna Jo and Claire Beth of Redfield; her sister Fern BADGER of Rochester, Minnesota and a host of relatives
Funeral services were on Tuesday, August 8, 2000 at the United Methodist Church in Mount Ayr with Reverend Michael DRUHL
and Reverend Eydie STEPHENS officiating. Debbie CANNON and Dwight INGRAM provided music. Casket bearers were Steve EASON,
Terry EASON, Curt EASON, Mike EASON, Doug SMITH and Terry SCHLITTER. Honorary pallbearers were Debbie EASON SMITH, Susan
EASON and JoAnn EASON SCHLITTER.
Beth was laid to rest in the Bethel Cemetery, Diagonal.
Wilson-Watson & Armstrong Funeral Home of Mount Ayr was in charge of the arrangements.
Transciption by Sharon R. Becker, March of 2010
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