Friday, February 11, 2011

My beautiful Grandma

Mary Geraldine Beckman
Published: 2/10/2011 11:09 PM | Last update: 2/10/2011 11:18 PM

Mary Geraldine Beckman

Mary Geraldine 'Jerry' Beckman, loving wife, mother and grandmother, passed away
Feb. 9, 2011, after a courageous battle with cancer. Jerry was surrounded by her family at the
time of her passing. Jerry was born July 16, 1930, to Thomas W. and Mary Fike Ford in
Benbush, West Virginia.

Jerry graduated from Aurora High School and Morgantown Business School in West Virginia.
Jerry married her childhood sweetheart, John H. Beckman. They shared their lives together for
60 years. They had three children, Steve Beckman (Kelly Collins) of Hutchinson,
Laurie Beckman Hoag (Mike) of Lindsborg and John Beckman (Cindy) of Derby. Jerry's
surviving family includes: her husband, children and grandchildren, Ben Beckman,
Kelsey Collins, Tabitha Hoag Wright, Olivia Hoag Gates, Christine Hoag and Emily Beckman;
six great-grandchildren; sister, Arlene (Doyle) Bolyard; brothers, Donald (Anne)
Ford and Ray (Julita) Ford; and sister-in-law, Margaret Ford. She was a loving wife and
homemaker and a generous gift giver. Life for her was an adventure, and she lived it with

Jerry will be sadly missed and always cherished by her family. Jerry was preceded in death by
her parents and brother, Cecil G. Ford.

The family will receive friends at Old Mission-Heritage Funeral Home and Cremation Services
Chapel on Monday, Feb. 14, 2011, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Memorial donations may be made in her
honor to Hospice Care of Reno County.

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