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“Alice was my mother's best friend and they did a lot of art together for many years. Nan is in a nursing home and if she could remember would be...Read More ยป
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Alice G. Beard died Saturday, April 27, 2019 at visiting Nurse Hospice Home. Born on April 3, 1920 in Washington Grove, ILL. Alice was a longtime resident of Fort Wayne where she raised two sons and helped raise three grandchildren. She will be missed dearly and remembered for the love and creativity she shared with her family and community.
Alice was an incredibly talented woman who enjoyed creating and sharing many forms of art throughout her life. She was constantly seeking knowledge and learning something new, and then teaching her grandchildren what she discovered. For the better part of four decades, her greatest joy was making quilts for newborns, which she did for countless families and friends. Being able to welcome a new life with a gift of warmth and love was her special way of making this world a more beautiful place. She was an incredible story teller with a flawless memory. Her stories covered a century and not only provided entertainment, but also a chronicle of her family's history that will live on with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Alice was preceded in death by father Reverend E.C. Geeding, mother Bessie Geeding, husband Fred I. Beard, son Michael E. Beard, daughter-in-law Suzy Beard, and sisters Winona Geeding, Beryl Collins, and Ruline Steininger. She is survived by her son William F. Beard of Fort Wayne, grandchildren Christopher M. Beard of San Francisco, CA, Erin L. (Hazen IV) Kreis of Steamboat Springs, CO, Kelly S. (Seth) Arentsen of Fairfax, CA; great-grandchildren Hazen V Kreis, Holden Arentsen, Vander Arentsen, Nash Arentsen and dear friend and caretaker Sandy (Tom) Wilson of Fort Wayne.
Funeral services will be held June 17th at 11:00 am at Plymouth Congregation Church 501 West Berry Street with visitation one hour prior.
Please no flowers. Memorials to Plymouth Church Music Department or an "act of kindness in my memory."