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 Mabel E. <I>Bennitt</I> Beard

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Mabel E. Bennitt Beard

  • Birth 4 Jul 1919 La Porte, La Porte County, Indiana, USA
  • Death 13 Sep 2000 Joliet, Will County, Illinois, USA
  • Burial Granger, St. Joseph County, Indiana, USA
  • Plot 4A; lot 52; # 1 & 2
  • Memorial ID 5058379

Mrs. Beard was born on the 4th of July, and she always did her best to live up to the happiness of that day. She was like Glinda, the Good Witch of the Sorth; she could walk into a room and make everything light up.

She lived in Joliet, Illinois, for the last 35 years of her life. She had also lived in Niles, Michigan; South Bend, Indiana; Richmond, Indiana; and Monterey, Mexico. She was the daughter of Francis BENNITT (1895-1997) and Elizabeth "Bessie" GRAY (1898-1973). Her siblings were Robert, Paul, Betty, Vivian, Dolores, Garold, Shirley, and Ruth.

On May 9, 1942, in South Bend, Indiana, she married Max Irvin Beard, a Purdue University student who was just days away from graduation. He became an engineer for the Caterpillar Corporation, and for the first many years of their marriage, she moved the family from place to place as he was transferred. She birthed their daughter in 1944 and their son in 1948. In the early 1960s, the family moved to Monteray, Mexico, for four years while her husband was responsible for setting up a factory for the Caterpillar Corp.

Mrs. Beard was widowed in 1988. She lived her last 12 years alone.


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  • Maintained by: AMB
  • Originally Created by: James Seidelman
  • Added: 15 Sep 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 5058379
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Mabel E. Bennitt Beard (4 Jul 1919–13 Sep 2000), Find A Grave Memorial no. 5058379, citing Saint Joseph Valley Memorial Park, Granger, St. Joseph County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by AMB (contributor 46844067) .