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Mary Edith Beam

September 23rd, 1920 – March 3rd, 2016

Mary Edith Beam, age 95 of Smithfield, IL, passed away at 11:10 am on Thursday, March 3, 2016 at Red Oaks Estate in Canton, IL. She was born on September 23, 1920 in Woodland Township, Fulton County, IL, the daughter of Hiram and Nellie (Shawgo) Beatty. On February 16, 1939, Mary Edith married Lundry Beam in St. Louis, MO. He preceded her in death on September 6, 1996.

She was also preceded in death by 3 grandchildren, Lori Fulton, Matthew Howard, and Aaron Beam, and her sister Midra Markley.

Mary Edith is survived by 2 sons, Larry (and Celia) Beam and Terry (and Sherry) Beam, both of Cuba, IL, her daughter Linda (and Eldon) Howard of Ipava, IL, 7 grandchildren; Chad (and Elizabeth) Beam, Jason Cole Beam, Carrie Jo Beam, Brian (and Aimee) Beam, Bradley (and Sarah) Beam, Kelli (and Mark) O'Hara, and Rodney Howard, 17 great-grandchildren, 10 great-great-grandchildren, and 2 brothers, Charlie Beatty of East Peoria, IL and Carroll (and Mary Ellen) Beatty of Cuba, IL.

She was the clerk and postmistress for Smithfield for 36 years, retiring in 1985.

Mary Edith was a member of the Smithfield Church of the Nazarene, the Fulton County Home Extension, the Neighborly Circle in Smithfield, and the National League of Postmasters.

She was a die hard Cubs fan.

Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, March 7, 2016 at her church. Pastor Dean Potts will officiate. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the services. Memorials may be made to her church or Red Oaks Estate. Interment will be in the Baughman Cemetery.


March 3rd, 2016

Mary was one of the sweetest and kindest ladies I have had the privilege of knowing. I pray you will sense God's peace and find comfort in your beautiful memories of Mary.

March 4th, 2016

I got to know Mary these last two years and she was always gracious and kind. She always apologized for not remembering but often remembered quite well. I enjoyed listening to her tell about her days as postmistress and the people named on her "Memory Quilt"
Pastor Dean Potts

March 4th, 2016

You have our sympathy. We are thinking of you at this time. Warren and Linda Howe

March 4th, 2016

So sorry to hear of Mary's passing. Our condolences to you all.

March 4th, 2016

Our condolences to you all. Doug & Cheryl Martindale

March 4th, 2016

Mary was a beautiful person who gave so much of herself. I have many fond memories of her and consider it a true privilege to have known her. Our thoughts & prayers are with you all at this time. Shelley (Malone) Miller

March 4th, 2016

To the family of Mary Beam, Sorry for your loss. She was a sweet little lady. Thinking of you all during this difficult time. Sincerely Joe and Holly Thum

March 4th, 2016

Sorry to hear of Mary's passing. Another cousin (Ford) gone. Keeping your family in my prayers. Sharon (Haggerty) Hinkley, Brooksville, FL

March 4th, 2016

Dear Beam Family, I was so surprised and saddened to hear of the loss of your Sweet Mother! This is what I hate about Wintering in New Mexico, not being able to be there to show how much I care! Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers!

March 5th, 2016

To Mary's family we can only say you were blessed to know her as Mother, Grandmother, & Sister and we were blessed to know her as Neighbor & Friend! She was one of those kind & loving people who had the ability to make everyone feel loved & special. We cherish many wonderful memories of her & her family during the 30+ years we lived in Smithfield. We're praying for all of you & trust the Good Shepherd to hold you close during these days & give you the peace & comfort you need. - Rev. Layton & Dee Malone

March 5th, 2016

To all the Beam family: Our condolences on your loss. She was a great lady who treated me really good. I always liked being at the Beam house. Peace be with you. Terry Pickel

March 6th, 2016

My sincere condolences to the Beam family. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Michelle (Sights) Graves

March 7th, 2016

Howard &Shirley Taylor send our sympathy and love. Mary was a dear person and part of our life in Smithfield

March 7th, 2016

I am sorry to learn of Mary's passing. She was always nice to me when I visited my dad at the post office. Growing up in Smithfield was a wonderful life and we had great parents. I know she will be missed. My sympathy is with all of you. Cookie Strode Marshall

March 9th, 2016

Sorry for your loss ,she was so special. Kindness was her gift to all. All our family Hall s thought so much of her. She was a wonderful role model for so many.hugs to all melody Hall romine

May 31st, 2016

I am so sorry for your loss. The bible assures us soon he will swallow up death forever, and the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will wipe away the tears from all faces. Isaiah 25:8. Please accept my most heartfelt condolences.