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[January 14, 2021]
- Kathleen Beaver, 74, of Lincoln passed away at 3:40
am on Sunday, January 10, 2021 at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital
after a courageous battle against pancreatic cancer.
A Celebration of Life is being planned for a later
Kathleen Beaver, 74, of Lincoln
passed away at 3:40 am on Sunday, January 10, 2021
at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital after a
courageous battle against pancreatic cancer.
Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home of Lincoln is
in charge of arrangements with a private family
graveside service at a later date. In lieu of
flowers, memorials can be made in Kathy’s name to
her church, Zion Lutheran of Lincoln. A Celebration
of Life is being planned for a later date.
Kathy was born in Normal, Illinois on November 26,
1946 to Julia Louise Lanterman and Russell William
McAtee. She married John Robert Beaver on November
27, 1965. They recently celebrated their fifty-fifth
She is survived by her husband John, two sons Brian
(Christine) of Bloomington, and Brad (Michele) of
Sherman, four grandchildren Kyleigh Snavely (Cole
Callahan), Brandon Beaver, Caitlin Beaver, and Corey
Beaver, two sisters Judy Gaye Brian of Chatham and
Michalene McAtee (William Buzard) of Springfield,
brother-in-law David Coogan of Lincoln,
sister-in-law Sue Beaver of Lincoln as well as
several nieces and nephews.
Kathy was raised in Elkhart where she
began her working career at the age of 14 at the
Elkhart Grill. After high school graduation she was
employed by the State of Illinois in the Department
of Mental Health Personnel Services. She was a stay
at home mom for several years while raising her two
sons before going back to work as the secretary at
Northwest Grade School. From there she went to work
for the Judicial System at the Logan County
Courthouse as the secretary for Judge David Coogan.
Upon his retirement she became the secretary for
Judge Thomas Harris. When Judge Harris was assigned
to the Fourth District Appellate Court, she remained
his secretary until her passing.
She was truly devoted to all of her
grandchildren and will be remembered for her
signature cooking dishes at birthdays and holidays.
Statements frequently voiced about Kathy were that,
“She was the nicest person I knew” and “I never saw
her without a smile on her face”.
A Special Thanks to the wonderful staff at Abraham
Lincoln Memorial Hospital. Their unending dedication
and compassion will never be forgotten.
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