Carolee Anne (Beggs) Hamblin Maher 1941-2021 Carolee Anne (Beggs) Hamblin Maher born July 17, 1941, to Donald and Oleta Merle (Ferguson) Beggs on the family farm near Clearfield, Iowa. Carolee, 80, entered eternal rest on Thursday, November 4, 2021, in Surprise, Arizona. Carolee attended school and graduated from Clearfield High in 1958. Later, she obtained an Associate Degree from Des Moines Area Community College: "University without Walls" pilot program. On September 5, 1959, she married Gary Hamblin, and to that union had three daughters. Gary and Carolee lived in Lamoni and Shenandoah, Iowa prior to settling in the Oakland, Iowa area. Carolee was the face of Oakland Manor Nursing home for nearly 30 years (1967-1995). She served as Activities Director, Administrator in Training, and eventually transitioned to Administrator in 1981. In 1995, she became Administrator at Elm Heights Nursing Home in Shenandoah, Iowa until retirement. Carolee took immense pride serving in the long-term care community and dedicated her career to making sure residents felt at home, while receiving compassionate, quality comfort care. Later in life, Carolee and Patrick Maher united together on their farm, "Irish Acres", in Imogene, Iowa. Over the years, they devoted countless hours working auctions and farming. After retiring, they enjoyed camping, going to fairs, and spending winters in Sun City West, Arizona. Attending the girls' activities, Saturday night dancing, TLC Mother's Club, Minnesota trips, state basketball tournaments, and weenie roasts with grandkids are just a few of the fond memories that were created with family and close friends. Carolee enjoyed entertaining, playing cards, and sharing stories. Her decorative touch, her knack for finding the most unique pieces and her "Timeless" perfume will always be remembered. Mom truly embraced the "circle of life" and asked that we celebrate the good times shared. Carolee is proceeded in death by her husband, Patrick Maher (June 8, 2021); her parents; and sisters Arlene Roether and Susan Beggs. Left to cherish her memory are her daughters Kim (Kenny) McDonald, Kolene Kohll, Kayla Gute, Kimann (Scott) Hoxie, Kala (James) Duysen, and Kelli Maher; sister Donna (Dave) Leeps; grandchildren: Jonathan, Meghan, Jessica, Hilary, Heili, Hayley, AnLi, Carli, Dillon, Jayde, Guthrie, Brooke, and Lexi; 24 great-grandchildren; Rusti, their beloved rescue dog; other relatives, and "oodles" of dear friends. Celebration of Life & Inurnment Carolee Anne (Beggs) Hamblin Maher, 80, of Sun City West, Arizona and Imogene, Iowa, entered eternal rest on Thursday, November 4, 2021, in Surprise, Arizona. A Celebration of Life gathering will be held on Saturday, December 4, 2021, at 11:30 AM at the Oakland Community Center, 614 Dr Van Zee Rd, Oakland, IA 51560. The family will greet relatives and friends to enjoy lunch and fellowship. In early 2022, a Celebration of Life will be held in Sun City West, Arizona. Inurnment at the Mount Calvary Cemetery, Imogene, Iowa will be held in Spring 2022 for both Patrick and Carolee Maher. "Those we love don't go away; they walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, but always near, still loved, still missed and very dear."
Published by Shenandoah Valley News Today on Nov. 24, 2021.