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Merle "Del" Beebe


1922 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
Merle "Del" Beebe Obituary
Del, our mom, passed away peacefully on June 1, 2015, at the age of 92.  Her passing was attended by her sons and daughter, her children of whom she was exceedingly proud.
Merle Adelpha Beebe was born in Nampa, Idaho, on August 1, 1922, the second daughter of Stella Parham Snowberger and Harvey Snowberger.  Del had an older sister, Mary Alameda Snowberger.
Del grew up during the spartan years of the Great Depression, the recipient of the basics of life provided by her father's hard work as a carpenter, janitor, Fuller Brush salesman, and preacher.  During her ample religious training Del sang hymns, and sang them well, and developed a lifelong love for music.
After graduation from Nampa High School in 1939, Del attended the University of Idaho and Boise Junior College where she studied music.  While Del attended the U of I, she was a member of the Vandeleers.  She also sang with a dance band and sang so sweetly she became known as "Idaho's Sweetheart of Song".  She also received nurse's aide training during World War II.
Del's high school sweetheart was the dashing and intelligent Arnold T. Beebe. She and Arnold married on January 25, 1942. They were married until death did they part. Arnold preceded her in death in 2007. 
            Del and Arnold became the parents of four children, all of whom grew up in Blackfoot and graduated from Blackfoot High School and attended all of Idaho's universities.  The accomplishments of Del's family were the pride of her life.  Stephen Arnold Beebe of La Quinta, California, became the president and CEO of the J.R. Simplot Company.  Judge Mark Beebe of American Falls, Idaho, has served 23 years as a magistrate Jjudge in Power County.  Wynn Beebe of Blackfoot, Idaho, was a longtime owner and operator of Ed's Painting Contractor, Inc. and Blackfoot Paint and Glass Inc., businesses that he founded with his in-laws.  Joan Beebe Caywood of Nampa has had a long career as an elementary school teacher in Nampa.  Del's husband, Arnold, served as a 7th Judicial District judge with resident chambers in Blackfoot between 1968 and 1986.
Del was mostly a stay-at-home mom who was the "wind beneath our wings" and the glue that held our family together. She later worked at the Fashion Bar clothing store for several years. She sang for many years with the Blackfoot and Idaho Falls chapters of Sweet Adeline's, an activity she loved.  Our home was always filled with music.  Del was active in the Blackfoot Ladies Golf Association, Beta Sigma Phi, and was an avid bridge player.
Del is also survived by her daughters-in-law, both of whom also grew up in Blackfoot, Mark's wife of 46 years, Laurie Bates Beebe, and Wynn's wife of 40 years, Sandra Tauscher Beebe.  Del left nine grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.  Del was preceded in death by Stephen's wife, Debra Barta Beebe, and Joan's husband, Brent Caywood.
Del was a longtime member of Jason Lee Memorial Methodist Church in Blackfoot where a memorial service for her will be held at 11 a.m. on June 19, 2015.  The family will meet with friends at 10 a.m. at the church.  In lieu of flowers the family asks that a donation be made to Jason Lee Memorial Methodist Church, 168 S. University, Blackfoot, ID 83221.
The family thanks the caregivers at the Gables and Hands of Hope Hospice Care for their loving care and comfort during Del's final days.  
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.hawkerfuneralhome.com
Published in The Morning News on June 11, 2015
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