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BECKMAN, Abbie 1868-1958


Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 2/24/2019 at 18:37:10

Mrs. Abbie Beckman
(From the Colfax Paper)

Mrs. Abbie Beckman, 90, died at 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, in the Shaw Nursing Home in Newton where she had been a patient since May 21. Death resulted from complications following the fracture of her right hip in a fall October 3rd.

She had been a resident of Colfax since May of 1920, coming here with her daughter, Mrs. S. E. Tennant, and family. After 17 years in the Tennant home she maintained her own apartment with the assistance of her daughter until failure of health made it impossible.

She was born June 20, 1868, in Elkhorn Grove, Carroll county, Illinois, the daughter of William and Hanorrah LaGrant. At the age of 12 she moved with her parents to Grundy Center, Iowa, where she lived until 1880 when the family went to Bonilla, South Dakota, to homestead land.

October 5, 1885, she was united in marriage to Otto W. Beckman at Bonilla, So. Dak. They "set up" housekeeping on a farm near Grundy Center, where they resided until his death June 2, 1911. She remained in Grundy Center until coming to Colfax to reside.

She was a 50-year member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood and of the Presbyterian Church, being one of the most regular attendants at Sunday School and church as long as health permitted. She also took an active part in the work of the church societies. In her early life she also held office in the Pythian Sister Lodge, the W.C.T.U. and the Service Star Legion organization.

She was the mother of four sons, William E. and Fritz O. of Grundy Center, John A. of Davenport, Herbert H. of Hampton, and one daughter (Ernstena) Mrs. S. E. Tennant of Colfax, all of whom survive. A sister, Mrs. C. E. Wright of Topeka, Kans., 14 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, a number of nieces and nephews also survive. Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a brother and a sister.

In her almost century of living, she touched many lives and many were abetted by the wisdom of her comments and her example of courage, patience and unfaltering faith in adversity.

Funeral services were held at 1:30 Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 9th, from the Presbyterian church in Colfax, with Rev. Frank Hladky officiating. Interment was in the Beckman mausoleum in the cemetery at Grundy Center.

--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 18 December 1958, pg 17


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