Grace Mary Beck Lenox

Published: Monday, Oct. 22, 2012 11:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Oct. 22, 2012 11:38 a.m. CDT

Grace Mary Beck, 83, of Lenox died Oct. 18, 2012, at Greater Regional Hospice Home in Creston.

Funeral services were 11 a.m. today, Oct. 22, at the United Methodist Church in Lenox. Burial will be held at a later date. Ritchie Funeral Home, 124 S. Main St., Lenox, was in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be directed to the family. Online condolences may be left at

Grace Mary Callison, daughter of Grace (Shenton) and Donald Callison, was born Aug. 20, 1929, in Newton.

Mary attended schools in Newton and Altoona and graduated from Allerton High School.

After graduation, Mary began working for Bell Telephone Company in Des Moines as a telephone operator.

Her father pastored a church near Clearfield, where she met Wayne Beck. They married Aug. 22, 1948.

Mary and Wayne moved to Lenox, where she started working for Hughes Law Firm.

Later, they moved to the family farm in Ringgold County, where she helped Wayne as a farm wife.

Mary was a member of the United Methodist Church in Lenox and active member of Calvary Neighborhood Club.

Mary is survived by her husband Wayne Beck of Lenox; daughters, Trudy (Terry) Weaver of Sharpsburg, Nancy (N.L.) Pugh of Cameron, Mo., Peggy (Tony) Althaus of Bellevue and Mary Lou (Jim) Cabeen of Mason City; 12 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; siblings, Don Callison, Caroline (Hank) Garner and George Callison; sister-in-law Joan Callison; and many other friends and family.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; brother Jack Callison; and granddaughter Jennifer Jodine Wolfe.

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