Betty Jean Beck


Betty Jean Beck, 93, passed away peacefully March 5, 2019, at Burton's Care Home in Rohnert Park, Calif.
Betty was born in Onarga, Ill., to John and Elma (Smethurst) Maskal on February 9, 1926. She grew up on a farm near Rankin, Ill. After graduating from Rankin High School, Betty continued her education at Danville Business School.
On June 1, 1947, Betty married Warren Lane Beck of Henning, Ill. Warren farmed and owned the Beck & Son Blacksmith Shop.
They had two children, Gary of Boerne, Texas, and Nancy of Inverness, Calif. Over a 30-year period, Betty worked for Palmer American National Bank, Danville Junior College and Interstate Water Company. The Becks were members of First Presbyterian Church in Danville.
Betty and Warren retired in 1993 and moved to Port Isabel, Texas, where they enjoyed fishing and friendships.
In 2012, they moved in with their son Gary in Boerne, Texas. They were regulars at the early morning "Breakfast Club" at the West Bandera Road Whataburger.
After Warren died in May 2017, Betty moved to Inverness, Calif., with her daughter, Nancy, and husband David Herbst.
Betty was preceded in death by her husband Warren; her parents, and two sisters, Wilma (Bill) Barry of Danville and Suzanne (R.C.) Coats of Rankin. In addition to her son and daughter, her sisters Ruby (Richard) Bushue of Rankin and Dorothy (Dan) Bromley of Arvada, Colo., survive.
Betty was known for her quick wit and sense of humor. Even in the final week of her life, Betty kept all of us amused. She is greatly missed.
Warren and Betty's ashes are returning to Potomac Cemetery for burial. There will be a graveside service for Warren and Betty at noon Saturday, September 21. Reverend Ann Schwartz of First Presbyterian Church, Danville, will officiate. Arrangements by Blurton Funeral Home, Potomac.
Lunch will follow at our cousin Bryan and Cindy Simpson Severs' farm at 28770 N. 620 East Road, Potomac, IL 61865.
Special thanks to the professionals at Methodist Hospital, Boerne and San Antonio, Texas, and Burton's Care Home and Hospice of Petaluma in California.
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Published on August 27, 2019
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3 posts

Margaret Watson (Potter)
Sep 20, 2019
Oh memories , used ride bike to blacksmith shop get from warrens pop machine , little bottle coke
Laurie Meyers
Aug 27, 2019
I had the great pleasure of being one of Betty’s caregivers, she was such a character and I miss the laughs we shared, I hope I have such a great attitude in my later years!
Nancy Beck
Aug 26, 2019