Born 11-6-1929 -- Died 4-5-2007
Shirley Jean Shelton Beavers, 77, of Mason City, Ill., died April 5, 2007, in Beason, Ill. She was born Nov. 6 1929, in Beardstown,?Ill., the daughter of Claude and Edith May Blair Shelton.
She was married to Harry L. Beavers on Oct. 29, 1949 in Morris, Ill. He preceded her in death January of 1999.
She retired from Lincoln Development Center in 1983 where she had worked since 1967 in the laundry and dietary departments. 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, Franklin Baptist Church of Franklin, Ark., and Literberry, Ill., Baptist Church.
During their 49 years of marriage Shirley and Harry lived in Jacksonville, Plain-field, East Moline, Millbrook, Varna, Hartsburg and Mason City areas in Illinois. After retirement they also resided near West Plains, Mo., and Horseshoe Bend, Ark. Shirley attended elementary and high school in Beardstown. She and her husband had previously been very active at Ozark ?Mountain?Music Makers at Salem where she served on the board of directors a few 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 vegetable garden. A quotation that describes Shirley's life is simply "A mother's heart is always with her children."
Survivors include: two sons, Harry Alan (Linda) Beavers of Atlanta and William "Bill"?(Sue) Beavers of Beason; two daughters, Alice (Larry Steen of Oxford, Ark., and Mary Ann (Kenneth) Andrews of ?Mason City; seven grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren;
She was preceded in death by her parents; a step-daughter, Norma Jean Beavers Slinker; a stepson, George Robert Beavers and a step-granddaughter; six brothers, infant Edward, David, Everett, Robert, Donald, Harold and two infant sisters, Dorothy and Betty.
Services were April 9 at Fricke-Calvert Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln, Ill., with Vance Russell and Rev. Curt McCallister co-officiating.
Memorials may be made to Literberry Baptist Church of Literberry, Ill., Prairieland Christian Church, Hartsburg, ?Ill., Franklin Baptist Church of Franklin, Ark., or Visiting Nurses Association of?Hospice.