ERIE — Mardelle Naomi Beech, 91, of Erie died at 5:23 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020, at Guest Homes Estates in Erie. 

Mardelle was born on Jan. 31, 1929, to William and Hattie Claussen in Davenport, Iowa. 

Always a proud Iowan, Mardelle graduated from Davenport High School and lived in Davenport until she met her husband, James Wallace Beech, who was working as a carpenter for Alcoa after serving in the Navy during World War II. The couple married on Dec. 22, 1947, in a morning ceremony at Newcomb Memorial Church. They moved to Kansas in 1949 and built a house in Erie in 1956.

James and Mardelle had been married for 72 years.

Mardelle worked at the Erie Public Library and developed a keen interest in genealogy and local history, volunteering at the Mem-Erie Historical Museum. She enjoyed feeding birds, particularly hummingbirds, and was at war with local seed-stealing squirrels. She loved playing cards with friends and neighbors. Her favorite games were pitch and pinochle. 

Mardelle is survived by her husband, Jim; two daughters, Susan Buche and her husband, John, of Lewisburg and Mary Nevin and her husband, David, of Corvallis, Oregon; two sons, Michael Beech of Topeka and Jim Buche and his wife, Mary, of Olathe; a granddaughter, Joye Blume and her husband, Matt, of Overland Park; two great-grandchildren, Jackson and Eli Blume of Overland Park; a sister, Marsha Wolshim and her husband, Tom, of Florida; and a brother, Jerome Claussen and his wife, Sharon, of Iowa.

At Mardelle’s request, there will be no formal service. In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite charity in her name.


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