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Meda Beckham, 82, of Waltonville, Illinois passed away at 10:50 P.M. Thursday, January 12, 2017 at Mount Vernon Countryside Manor in Mount Vernon, Illinois. She was born Saturday, February 17, 1934 in Waltonville, Illinois to parents, Orval & Anna Belle (Braden) Fairchild. She married Charles Beckham on February 28, 1953 and he survives.
A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 P.M. Sunday, January 15, 2017 at Newell Funeral Home in Waltonville, Illinois with Reverend Harold Hungate officiating. Interment will follow at Abner Cemetery in Nason, Illinois.
A Visitation will be held Sunday, January 15, 2017 from 11:00 A.M. until service time, 1:00 P.M. at Newell Funeral Home in Waltonville, Illinois.
Meda Beckham is survived by her husband, Charles Beckham of Waltonville, Illinois; daughter, Mary Beth Beckham of Mount Vernon, Illinois; son, Kevin Beckham and girlfriend, Lana Peerbolte of Bonnie, Illinois; 7 grandchild, 2 of whom were raised in their home, Shawn Artis and Amy Sloan; 16 great grandchildren; 3 sisters, Faye Ratajyck and husband, Ronnie of Tamaroa, Illinois, Shirley Gilbert and husband, Jerry of Bonnie, Illinois, and Cheryl Wilderman and husband, Jerry of Waltonville, Illinois; and several nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Anna Marie, Irene, and Barbara; and brothers, Alden, Tom, Jackie, Ronnie, and Bob. She loved flowers, yard work, and gardening.
Mrs. Beckham worked as a book keeper for a Holman Ford in Mount Vernon for several years, later as secretary treasurer for Waltonville Unit School District.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Newell Funeral Home where you may call the Mount Vernon office at (618) 246-0100, the Waltonville office at (618) 279-7272, or visit www.newellfuneralhome.com for further information and to send condolences.
Published on January 13, 2017
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