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Chillicothe News - Chillicothe, MO
  • Bedford, Iowa resident Agatha Beemer, 100, died Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012

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  • Agatha Beemer, 100, of Bedford, Iowa, died Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, at the Bedford Nursing & Rehab Center.
    Agatha was born in Mitchell, South Dakota, on March 25, 1912, to Russell and Adah (Casteel) Farrens, the third of six children. Their family lived in various places throughout the Midwest, settling in southwest Iowa. Agatha attended most of her elementary school years in Hawleyville, Iowa; she attended Clarinda High School for three years then attended New Market High School her last year to earn her Normal degree in 1929, so she could become a teacher. She taught in one-room country school houses until 1934.
    She married Horace H. Beemer, on April 21, 1934.
    Horace and Agatha made their home in Gravity, and later, Bedford, Iowa, and had five children. Agatha was a full-time homemaker until 1957, when she started teaching elementary school in Bedford. She loved teaching kindergarten and decorated Christmas cookies for her students every year. From 1957 to 1965, Agatha also attended college classes and earned her B.S. degree.
    Retiring in 1970, Horace and Agatha started an antique business. They enjoyed attending auctions and refinishing old pieces of furniture.
    She was an excellent cook, seamstress, and could beat most anybody in a game of cards.
    Agatha was a member of Fortnightly Club, BPW (Business and Professional Women), Eastern Star, Rainbow mother advisor, United Methodist Church, and numerous bridge clubs.
    Survivors include children Judy (Jim Mathew), Janet (Lanny DeMott), James (Marcia), Jo Ellyn (C.B. Adams); brother Keith (Gerry) Farrens; sister-in-law Faye Farrens (Kenneth); 20 grandchildren; 48 great grandchildren; nine great-great grandchildren; and numerous nephews and nieces.
    Preceding Agatha in death were her parents; siblings Lee (Hazel), Don, (Ethyl) Faith (Paul Stephens), Kenneth; Horace; son Jack; son-in-law Jim Mathew; and grandson Joseph Adams.
    Funeral services will be held Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, at 10 a.m., at the United Methodist Church in Bedford. Visitation will be Thursday at the Ritchie Funeral Home, from 3-7 p.m., with the family greeting friends from 5-7 p.m. Interment will be held at Washington Cemetery in Gravity.
    In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the Bedford Library or Hospice of Mount Ayr. Memories may be shared with the family at www.ritchiefuneralhome.com, under Obituaries.
    Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Bedford.

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