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Barbara Grace Kresie Beach

August 10, 2013

Maple Hill-Barbara Grace Kresie Beach, 91, passed away Saturday, August 10, 2013 at the House at Midland Hospice Care in Topeka.

She was born February 10, 1922 at Auburn, the daughter of Albert and Adeline McLaughlin Kresie.  She lived in McLouth as a youngster and then moved to Iowa.  Her father was a foreman in the paving business.  They moved where he could find work and then wintered in Ames where she graduated from high school.

Barbara moved to the Ivy Vine Farm East of Keene in 1945.  She was married to Merrill E. Beach on June 5, 1946 at Cottonwood Falls.  They moved to the Beach Family Farm in 1948.  She was an avid gardener and loved to dance and was an accomplished tap dancer.

She was preceded in death by her husband Merrill on August 19, 2008.  Barbara was also preceded in death by her parents and by her brother Albert “Bud” Kresie Jr. in WWII.

Survivors include three sons, Rodger (Sheryl) Beach, Maple Hill, Ronald (Linda) Beach, Topeka and Robert (Marilyn) Beach, Maple Hill; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Memorial graveside services will be at 10:00 A.M.Saturday, August 17, 2013 at the KeeneCemetery.  Inurnment will be in the family columbarium.  Memorial contributions may be made to Midland Hospice Care or Helping Hands Humane Society both of Topeka and sent in care of Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple, St. Marys, Kansas66536. 

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5 thoughts on “Barbara Grace Kresie Beach

  1. What a treasure Barbara was. I feel so blessed to have known her all my life. I will miss her as I miss Albert……and my grandparents,Buck and Crystal Sherretts. They were all one of a kind ! Good people. The funeral was lovely….what a perfect day to honor her life.

  2. So sorry for your loss. I feel so blessed that I met and was able to spend some time with Barb and her family. My heart and prayers are with all of you.

    Lots of Love,
    Tammy Wistuba

  3. Rose Bush Theory

    ****** From my book, “Life is a Choice” written in 1999, part of my first book, “Keep on the Sunny Side of Life.”
    Many years after my husband’s death, 1982, still mourning Loren’s loss; my favorite brother, Bob Eastman, 1988, (age 54,) died a lingering cancer death and I spent many hours with him. I had time to console him with our childhood memories by laughs and our favorite taped music. As I sat with him during his last weeks, I spent time on the front porch outside his bedroom window in the porch swing when he slept. There was a big rose bush there that had not been manicured because his wife was busy keeping her head above water taking care of Bob and keeping her job.
    One morning early with the dew on the roses and the sun shining on the dew (God’s angle,) I formed what I call my “Rose Bush Theory of Life and Death.”

    The Rose Bush Theory
    I relate life and death to a big, beautiful rose bush. Picture a large blooming rose bush and you can see your family or circle of friends.

    Some of the roses are in full bloom with gorgeous color and perfect shapes. Some roses are starting to form buds. Some of the buds never complete the full growing process. Some of the roses are dead and remain on the bush, while others are starting to wither.

    Now, relate each and every one of those blooms to different members of your family or your circle of friends and you can see the living and dying process. Life is a process with death being the final phase

    Please do not wait —- live life to the fullest each and every day.
    Keep in mind, to maintain that “rose bush” (loved ones) big and pretty, it must be fed, watered, nurtured, pruned and protected from the elements and loved with a gentle caress plus some tender talk. The care is more essential when caring for people. 1995 *******

    Love and prayers,
    Dorothy Masters
    Harveyville, Ks.

  4. Barbara was a very beautiful, sweet and funny lady that we are glad we had the opportunity to meet. Our heart and prayers are with all of you.

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