K. Marie Beam, 86, of London, Texas passed from this life on October 22, 2013, at a local hospital.
Marie was born April 9, 1927, in Eldorado, Texas to Joe F. and Lilly Mae (Mercer) Wilson. In her early childhood she lived on a ranch far from any town where she rode horses and took care of sheep with her father. She started school and learned to speak English in the first grade. She learned to play the tuba and the clarinet while attending schools in El Dorado. The family eventually moved to London, and she graduated from London Schools.
Marie married Robert F. Beam in Mason, Texas on April 14, 1945. They had a large family which often included neighbors or anyone who needed care. She enjoyed flowers, indoor plants, quilting, telling stories, and reading fiction and non-fiction western novels. Marie loved to dance with her husband even when he was in a wheelchair. She was a simple woman of labor who never owned a diamond ring. Material things didn’t matter to her unless they were given as a special gift from one of her children. Marie was full of laughter and love and gave God credit for her lifetime of accomplishments.
Marie is preceded in death by her husband; son, Wayne M. Beam; brother, B.A. Wilson; sons-in-law, Dean Etheridge and James Hansen.
Those left to honor and cherish her memory include her children, Roberta Inez (Bob) Dimwiddie of Eureka, Nevada; Tossie Mae (Tommy) Burney of London, Joanna Etheridge of Hobbs, New Mexico, Ruth Marie Hansen of London, Wanda Lou (Ken) Hasten of Hobbs, New Mexico, Elzy Edward (Beth) Beam of Junction, Rufus F (Linda) Beam of Rochelle, Joe F. (Pam) Beam of Mason, Robert H. (Sandra) Beam of Junction, and Dean (Debbie) Horton of Burnet; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held 2:00 PM, Friday, October 25, 2013, at the London Baptist Church with Rev. Bob Schmeltekopf officiating with interment following in the London Cemetery. Visitation was held 6-8:00 Thursday, October 24, 2013, at Kimble Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Dell Children’s Medical Center Foundation of Central Texas, 4900 Mueller Blvd, Austin, Texas 78723, Phone: (512) 324-0170.
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