|Mary E. Beckham, 89, 1475 N. Prairie St., Galesburg, died at 6:25 AM Wednesday, December 16, 2009 in Heartland Health Care Center.
She was born September 26, 1920 in Cambridge, OH, the daughter of William H. and Mary Emanuel Morgan. She married Allen D. Beckham on April 3, 1948 in Galesburg. He preceded her in death on April 20, 1984.
She is survived by a son, Mark A. (and Jann A.) Beckham of Galesburg, a daughter, Susan Beckham of Alexis, IL, and 5 grandchildren, Levi Morgan and Laney Morgan, both of Alexis, and Tammy Gast, Todd Varaneckas, and Michael Degener, all of Indiana. She was preceded in death by a step daughter, Rosemarie Newberry and 2 brothers.
Mary was a homemaker who provided childcare for many neighbors. She had also worked in the office at Butler Manufacturing Company. She was an active member of First Presbyterian Church for over 50 years. During World War II, Mary volunteered as a "Gray Lady" at Mayo General Hospital. She graduated from Brown's Business College.
Funeral will be 2 PM Friday, December 18, 2009 in Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel. The Rev. David Parker will officiate. Visitation will be 1 to 2 PM Friday at the chapel. Burial will be in Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.