Dec. 29, 1988 Lebanon Laclede County Missouri, USA
Lois Roper Beard, daughter of Josephus Miles and Ella Burns Roper, was born April 29, 1905 in Laclede County Missouri. She departed this life December 29, 1988 in Breech Medical Center, Lebanon, Missouri at the age of 83 years and 8 months. On Easter Sunday, April 1, 1923, she was united in marriage to Arthur Coleman Beard. They spent 37 happy years together until his death November 15, 1960. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Cole; one infant brother, and three other brothers, Lloyd, Lee and Lannie Roper. She leaves to mourn her passing three sisters, Edith Miller, Marshfield, Missouri, Vernis Jordan, Grovesprings, Missouri and Vera Davis, St. Louis, Missouri; a number of nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives. Lois lived all her life in Laclede County and spent all of her years since 1929 on her farm on the rim of Wildcat Hollow, near Conway, Missouri. She was a learned historian and an avid creative writer. From her many works she had three collective editions published: "From Sunrise to Sunset", "Little Gems", and "Refelctions". She was the founder of The Laclede County Heritage Association and served as chairwoman for the 1979 edition of the Laclede County History Book. For many years she wrote a weekly column for the Lebanon Daily Record under the byline "Granny Grunts". She enjoyed working with youth and helping with the students publication of "Bittersweet". She spent many hours working in scouting and 4-H Clubs as well as helping with the Heart Fund. She was also a long time member of the Lebanon Order of the Eastern Star. Lois was baptized into the Washington Christian Church in 1918 and had been a faithful member for 70 years. She served as a Sunday School teacher for the children's class for over fifty years.