A graveside service
will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Jacksonville Memorial
Mrs. Beavers retired in 1983 from Lincoln
Developmental Center, where she had worked since
1967 in the laundry and dietary departments.
She was born Nov. 6, 1929, in Beardstown to
Claude and Edith May Blair Shelton. She married
Harry L. Beavers on Oct. 29, 1949, in Morris. He
preceded her in death in January 1999.
She is survived by two sons, Harry Alan (and
Linda) Beavers of Atlanta and William "Bill" (and
Sue) Beavers of Beason; two daughters, Alice (and
Larry) Steen of Oxford, Ark., and Mary Ann (and
Kenneth) Andrews of Mason City; seven grandchildren
and five stepgrandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren;
and numerous step-great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by one
stepdaughter, Norma Jean Beavers Slinker; one
stepson, George Robert Beavers; a stepgranddaughter;
six brothers, infant Edward, David, Everett, Robert,
Donald and Harold; and two infant sisters, Dorothy
During their 49 years of marriage, Mrs. Beavers
and her husband lived in the Jacksonville,
Plainfield, East Moline, Millbrook, Varna, Hartsburg
and Mason City areas of Illinois. After their
retirement, they also resided near West Plains, Mo.,
and Horseshoe Bend, Ark.
She was a member of Mason City Christian Church. She
also had spiritual associations with Mason City
Baptist Church and Prairieland Christian Church at
Hartsburg. In the past she had been a member of
Emden Christian Church, Literberry Baptist Church
and Franklin Baptist Church in Franklin, Ark.
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She and her husband had been very active at the
Ozark Mountain Music Barn at Salem, Ark., where she
served on the board of directors for several years.
She was also active as a volunteer for the Mason
City Area Food Pantry, CIEDC Meals on Wheels and the
Mason City Area Nursing Home.
She enjoyed attending bluegrass, country music
and "oldies rock-and-roll" concerts and tending her
She attended elementary and high school in
A quotation that describes her life is simple: "A
mother's heart is always with her children."
Memorials may be made to the Literberry Baptist
Church, Literberry; Prairieland Christian Church,
Hartsburg; Franklyn Baptist Church, Franklin, Ark.;
or the Visiting Nurse Association Hospice Care of
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