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Mildred Beymer

Mildred Irene Cole Beymer was born in Atchison County, Missouri, on September 16, 1922. She passed away on December 27, 2013, at Clearview Home in Mt. Ayr, where she had lived for a year. She was the first of 10 children born to Worley and Josephine (Kellison) Cole. She graduated from high school in Hamburg, Iowa, in 1940. She worked in a drug store in Randolph, Ia, and had a war service appointment at the the U.S. Navy Ammunition's Depot in Hastings, NE, during WWII. On April 13, 1946, she and Ronald A. "Bud" Beymer were married in Troy, Kansas. They made their home in Orange County, California, for a time, and moved to Bud's hometown of Diagonal, Iowa, where they raised 4 children.
Mildred's home was always open to friends and family, and she always made sure there was plenty of hot coffee and good food available. She was well-known for being a good cook even of the wild game, fish, and anything else that Bud hunted or caught and brought home. At family gatherings, the table was so full of food that there was not room there to sit and eat. You ate wherever you could find room, and even the ironing board was set up as a "table" for the younger ones. The children remember coming home from school and smelling her freshly-made rolls as they came up the street.
Many members of the extended family made their home with Bud and Mildred, for a few nights, weeks, or even months. Even though the house was not large, room was always made for a few more. Sometimes they stayed in Bud and Mildred's camper, which was parked in the yard when they were not camping. It was a special treat for the grandkids to stay in the camper, where Grandpa had hooked up a TV and Grandma had stocked the cupboards and refrigerator.
Camping was one of Mildred's favorite activities. She and Bud were able to enjoy many camping trips, as well as their trailer on a lot at Loch Ayr. That is where Bud took countless people on boat rides and taught several area children & adults to water ski. Mildred liked being near the water, but not on it or in it, but she loved being at the lake. And there, too, anyone who stopped by was well-fed, as she spent many hours cooking there as well as at home.
After Bud retired, he & Mildred were able to spend the winter months in Arizona, where they had children and grandchildren. Mildred loved being in Arizona and enjoyed exploring Phoenix and the surrounding areas. No matter where they traveled in life, she read about the area and was eager to learn what she could and share that knowledge with her family. She loved learning, reading, crossword puzzles, and word games and was a big fan of shows like Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune. She nurtured her children's learning and fostered their love of music and thirst for knowledge. She was a life-long learner.
Mildred was the kind of grandma every child should have. She encouraged them, praised them, loved them, and spoiled them just enough. No matter how many grandchildren, or great-grandchildren were present at any given time, each one got exactly what he or she wanted to eat. She did a lot of baby-sitting for her own grandchildren and others, and treated many people like she would family members. Those who joined the family by marriage were welcomed into the fold.
Mildred was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, infant daughter Julie Kay, sisters and brothers-in-law Dolores (Rene "Andy") Kuonen, Norma (Bob) Howland, and Nadine (John) Schinagel and sister Shirley Cole; brothers Buddy Cole, Worley Jr. "Bus" (Peggy) Cole, and Ron (Pat) Cole; sisters-in-law Maxine (Velmer) Stephens, and Pauline Norris, son-in-law Ron Smith, and granddaughter Lori Hower.
Survivors include her children Ann Smith of Diagonal, Iowa, Ron (Kathy) Beymer of Cincinnati, Ohio, Nancy (Steve) Roe of Mt. Ayr, Iowa, and Rick (Marcia) Beymer of Oxnard, California; grandchildren Bob Hower of Creston, Jim (Lori Beth) Norris of Diagonal, Melanie Corkish of Kalispell, MT, Courtney (Jeff) Damon of Brentwood, TN, Andee (John) Schneider of New York, NY, Cody (Purvi) Roe of Scottsdale, AZ, Brittany (John) Gaddum of Wilmington, NC, Ryan (Liz) Roe of Mesa, AZ, Carrie (Jason) Liakos of Phoenix, AZ, Jessie (Colin) Heisey of Tucson, AZ, and Rory Beymer of Gilbert, AZ; 18 great-grandchildren and another due in April; sisters Karen Snedeker of Diagonal and Jacky Davenport of Winterset, and many other relatives and friends.
A time of open viewing will be held at Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr on Monday, December 30 from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The public is invited to come by the lower banquet room at Fireside Bar & Grill in Diagonal on Monday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 pm for a Celebration of Mildred's Life. A time to see the family and share in memories. At 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 31, there will be a service at Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr with burial to follow in the Diagonal Cemetery.
A memorial fund has been established to the United Church of Diagonal Building Fund.

  • Open Viewing Without The Family Present

    December 30, 2013
    12:00 PM to 6:00 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Family & Friends Will Celebrate Her Life

    December 30, 2013
    6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    Fireside Bar & Grill

    Lower banquet Room
    Diagonal, IA

  • Celebration of Life

    December 31, 2013
    9:00 AM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Burial

    Tuesday December 31 2013

    Diagonal Cemetery

    Diagonal, IA

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Mildred and Bud hold special memories for me. They always took time to stop and check on me wherever I ran into them. I always enjoyed going to Uncle Bud''s station and sitting in Aunt Mildred''s yard to watch the Labor Day parade (as Dad called them).

She will truly be missed. My prayers go out to you.


Posted by Amy Stephens Ford - Mount Ayr, IA - "cousin"   January 02, 2014

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Ann, George, Nancy, and Rick

So sorry to hear about your mother. We know the pain of losing ones mother all too well.

You are in our thoughts and prayers

Mark & Teresa

Posted by Mark & Teresa Brown - LaVista, NE - Nephew   December 31, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

To Ann, Ron, Nancy, Rick & entire Beymer family- We are so sorry to hear of Aunt Mildred''s passing. Please know you''re in our prayers and on our hearts. Can''t help but recall all the good times Aunt Mildred and Uncle Bud shared with all of us, especially at the Mt.Ayr lake, not to mention their home in Diagonal. Don''t think that either one of them ever knew a stranger. God be with you through this difficult time and always!

Pam & family

Posted by Pam (Cole) & Ralph Doering and family - Omaha, NE - niece   December 31, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Ann, Ron, Nancy, and Rick; Sorry to hear of your loss! Aunt Mildred was a dear person! I lived briefly back in Diagonal about 30 years ago sband walked Jeremiah and Sarah up to the park. Your Mom made a point of stepping out and waving/chatting a bit as we headed back to our home! Please know you are in my thoughts! Sheryl

Posted by Sheryl Stephens Benedict - Truro, IA - Niece   December 31, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Our thoughts, prayers, and sympathies to Ann, Ron, Nancy, Rick and all of your families on the loss of your Mom.

Posted by Jim & Donna Pedersen - Mount Ayr, IA - Friends   December 31, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Marla Kay and I extend our condolences to the family. Mildred was a great lady and will be missed by her family and friends.

Posted by Dan and Marla Kay Roe - Dewitt, IA - friend of family   December 30, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Sorry to hear of your loss. Always so hard to lose your Mom. I never really knew Mildred very well but she had to be a wonderful Mother as she raised some great kids. I was a classmate of Ron''s and he was always pleasant to everyone. In fact all of the Beymer children were good kids. She had to have put a lot into raising them so well.
Remember all of the happy times you spent with her.

Posted by Dorothy Garrett-Smith - Diagonal, IA   December 30, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

With heart felt sympathy to you and all of your family, however as you remember all of the good things about your mother, you will remember most she loved you.

The Beymer family was always such a big part of the Diagonal scene and the memories will make you smile.

Posted by Tom and Liane Austin - Des Moines, IA - friends   December 30, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Please know we are thinking of you at this time.

Posted by Howard and Jenny Tull - tingley, IA - friends   December 29, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Beymer family- I am sorry to hear of Mildred''s passing. She was a great lady and always had a smile for everyone. I remember many times we kids ran together the streets of Diagonal and our moms knew where to find us. Often times your mom would include some of us in your family plans. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted by Ellen Hayworth Landers - Carlisle, IA - Friend   December 29, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

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