Josephine G. Beach
I am the resurrection,
and the life:
he that believeth in me,
though he were dead,
yet shall he live:
And whosoever liveth
and believeth in me
shall never die.
Believeth thou this?
John 11:25, 26
Josephine G. Beach, 96, of Columbia, formerly of Mexico, died at 5:30 a.m. today, Saturday, January 07, 2006, at Lenoir Woods in Columbia.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday at Pickering Funeral Home in Mexico with the Rev. Dale Stone officiating. Burial will be at Fairmount Cemetery in Middletown. There will be no visitation.
She was born on June 7, 1909, in Middletown, a daughter of William Baker and Bartonia (Ford) Graham. She attended McMillan Elementary and High Schools, and was a graduate of Hardin College as a member of the first graduating class in Presser Hall. She taught elementary grades at Rush Hill.
On Sept. 2, 1939, in Kansas City, she married Benjamin Franklin Beach II, who survives at the home. Together they owned and operated an import business in Kansas City, traveling around the world to locate and buy merchandise.
Mrs. Beach was a member of the United Methodist Church in Mexico where she had served as a greeter and usher. She was also a member of the Kansas City Club and Milburn Golf and Country Club where she was women’s golf champion.
In addition to her husband, survivors include a brother, Warren F. Graham, Baton Rouge, La. and two nieces, J. Girland Branstetter, Middletown, and Dorcas Graham, Jefferson City.
Two sisters, Anna Bartonia Cash and Willie Wildey Quisenberry, and three brothers, Joseph Girland Graham, Rupert Hubbard Graham and Samuel Oxier Graham, preceded her in death.