THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Verla M. Beath
Issue Date: October 11, 2017
Verla M. (Fleck) Beath, 91, of Goodman, passed away Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017 at Dickinson County Healthcare System in Iron Mountain, Mi.
Born May 3, 1926 in Lakeview, Mi., to the late Harlan and Lois (Forgar) Fleck, she grew up in Six Lakes, Mi. and graduated from Edmore High School in Edmore, Mi. She married Gordon Beath in 1958 in Greenville, Mi. and he preceded her in death in 1987.
They lived in several places before moving to Elkhart, Ind., where they resided for many years. In 2013 she moved to Goodman to be closer to her daughter.
She enjoyed crossword and jigsaw puzzles, word searches, reading and sitting on the deck enjoying nature, but especially time with family.
She is survived by two sons, Jim (Kay) Beath, Nappanee, Ind. and Lyn (Dee) Beath, Mishawaka, Ind.; seven daughters, Maureen (Jim) Strickland, Mobile, Ala., Bonnie (Bill) Hale, Richland Center, Kristine (Daniel) Baranczyk, Ripon, Rosalie (Jim) Sebastian, Milwaukee, Karee Beath and Kathleen Sipple, both of Goodman and Jamie Kmitta, Elkhart, Ind.; five grandchildren and many other grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, Gordon, she was preceded in death by a son, Danny Beath; a daughter, Gail Payne; two brothers, Dorrence and Calvin Fleck; a sister, Neola Adams and a son-in-law, Bill Sipple.
Per her wishes, private family services were held. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery in Six Lakes, Mi. Memorials can be made to the American Heart Association. Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron Mountain is assisting the family.