Mabel C. Beach, 96, of Winona, died Thursday, April 3, 2014, at Saint Anne Extended Healthcare, Winona.
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Mabel was born Aug. 13, 1917, in Winona County. She was the third child of six for Earl and Mary (Frappier) Morcomb. On June 6, 1938, she married Raymond A. "Bud" Beach in Decorah, Iowa, and he preceded her in death July 31, 2002.
She was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church and a member of the former McKinley United Methodist Church. Mabel worked at Woolworths for a short time and then at Randall's Super Value for 21 years until her retirement.
She is survived by a son Keith (Nancy) Beach, Stockton; six grandchildren, Kim (Bruce) Onnen, Bill (Deb) Beach, Sam (Tom) Fisk, Kristi (Justin) Craig, Jim (Andrea) Randall and Robyn Randall; eight great-grandchildren; two siblings, Dora Morcomb, Brainerd, and Wayne Morcomb, Birmingham, Ala.; and other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter Dorinda Randall; brothers Stanley and Glenn Morcomb; and a sister June Neumann.
Services to remember Mabel will be at 11 a.m., Friday, April 11, 2014, at Wesley United Methodist Church, Winona, with the Rev. Justin Halbersma officiating. Interment will be at Bush Cemetery, Ridgeway, Minn.
Visitation will be 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 10, 2014, at Fawcett-Junker Funeral Home, Winona, and beginning at 10 a.m. at the church on Friday.
The following is an excerpt from Mabel's memory book:
In my lifetime I have gone from kerosene lamps to electricity, from horses to cars and airplanes, battery radio to television, typewriter to computers and word processors, and to landing a man on the moon. After a long battle, women won the right to vote in the national election when the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was approved in 1920. When I was born, Woodrow Wilson was president (1913-1921). I was married during the term of President Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933-1945). I saw the start of World War II, when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, Hawaii, on Sunday morning Dec. 7, 1941, and the end when Japan surrendered on Aug. 14, 1945.
I was wondering how to end this, but think I will do it with this: Young folks like to talk about the future because they don't have much of a past. Old folks like to talk about the past because they don't have much of a future." I think the latter applies to me. So be it!
Memorials may be directed to Homer United Methodist Church, 455 Baker Street, Winona, MN 55987 or Bush Cemetery, c/o Ray Gady, 39051 Maurice Drive, Dakota, MN 55925.
Words of sympathy or remembrance may be left at www.fawcett-junkerfuneralhome.com. Services entrusted to Fawcett-Junker Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Winona, MN.
Fawcett-Junker Funeral Home & Cremation Services
1476 W Broadway Winona, MN 55987
Published in The Post-Bulletin on Apr. 8, 2014