Margaret Ann Beason, a Filer resident, passed away November 12, 2019, in Twin Falls, Idaho, surrounded by her children at Serenity Transitional Care. Her passing left a big hole in the hearts of many of us.
Margaret was born in Anthony, Kansas, to Chester Henry and Mary Elizabeth (Munyon) Hankey on August 23, 1934. They lived in Argonia, Kansas, until she was 5 years old, moving to Kiowa, Kansas, where she graduated from Kiowa High School in 1952.
She married her best friend and high school sweetheart Gerald Wayne Beason on August 24, 1952, in a beautiful garden wedding ceremony at her parents’ home in Wichita, Kansas. They celebrated their 66th Wedding anniversary in 2018 but had been together for nearly 70 years total. They lived in Kiowa, Kansas until Gerald was drafted into the Army in the Korean Conflict. During his military service, they lived in Manhattan, Kansas and Grovetown, Georgia. Upon Gerald’s discharge, they moved back to their home town of Kiowa, residing there until March 1965. They moved the family to Idaho living in Burley for 23 years, Malta for 21 years, and Filer for 10 years. They resided in Filer until their deaths in 2019; his on March 6, and hers on November 12, 2019.
She was loved and made an impact on so many lives. Touching comments from some of the grandchildren include:
“After 9 long months apart, my beautiful Grandma, Margaret Beason was reunited with her soul mate, love of her life, and best friend today.”;
“She was such an inspiration and a true light of wisdom in my life.”
"Both of you were truly the most amazing, loving people and I'm so thankful I had you in my life and the lives of my kids.”
“Today my mind has continually replayed childhood memories seemingly desperate to lock them forever in place. Memories of conversations, adventures, exploration, and love. Memories I will share with my children. Memories of my Grandma and Grandpa."
Margaret worked hard her entire life. Her first job was at the Sweet Shoppe in Kiowa and told her children of playing pinochle with her friends in the back. During her time in Burley and Malta, she held many jobs but loved working at the Bureau of Land Management especially as a fire dispatcher. She retired from the BLM in November 1996. During her retirement, she and Gerry travelled, enjoyed 4-wheeling, boating, camping, snowmobiling and treasured their retirement years.
She is survived by one sister, Hester; a son, Bobby Delane Beason of Pocatello, Idaho; three daughters: Connie Leigh Dunn (Rick), and Jodie Elaine Johnson (C.J.) both of Filer, Idaho, and Tammie Lynne Darling (Cary) of Boise, Idaho, plus 13 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her parents Chester and Elizabeth Hankey, her husband Gerald, Great-Granddaughter Sierra Karlene Schmidt, and three sisters, Pearl Elizabeth, Vivian, and Thelma.
Per their request, Gerry and Margaret’s children are planning a celebration of their lives in mid-June 2020, at Heglar Canyon near Malta, Idaho. Many camping trips, day trips, hunting, and family and friend gatherings were held around the area. All friends and family are invited. More information regarding dates and how to get there will be provided at a later date.
Thanks to so many that helped make her time enjoyable and comfortable in the end Serenity Transitional Care, her dining room friends, Dr. Burgett, and Encompass Hospice.
Arrangements are under the care of Serenity Funeral Chapel Life Celebration Center and Cremation Services of Idaho, Twin Falls. Condolences may be shared at www.serenityfuneralchapel.com.
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