Clarice L. Beekman, 104, of Peoria, Ariz., and formerly of Le Mars and Sioux City, died July 1, 2005, in Arizona.
Clarice was born Dec. 9, 1900, in Mason City, the daughter of John and Lydia (Walther) Stark. She was raised by Mason City, living on a farm her first eight years and then the family moved into town.
She married Ross F. Beekman on Jan. 31, 1926, in Fremont, Neb., and they spent most of their married life in Sioux City.
She was a homemaker; a member of P.E.O.; and the Rose Croix Chapter, Order of Eastern Star. She was also an active member of the Gray Ladies during World War II. The couple were also members of the Sioux City Boat Club.
She had worked as a beautician and worked for T.S. Martins Department Store, where she was very proud that she was their highest paid employee.
Ross and Clarice were in Le Mars for a few years, and then resided at North Park Place. After Ross died in 1966, she went to Arizona in the winters with her son, John, and came back to Iowa in the summers. Her last residence in Arizona was an assisted living facility, Desert Winds, where she had many dedicated people caring for her.
Survivors include her son, John Beekman and his wife, Mary; grandchildren, Barb and Carl Scoles, Lisa and Rick Kraus, Dirk and Karen Beekman, Dan and Lisa Beekman and Bill and Meg Beekman; and great-grandchildren, April and Mike Ramsey, Amy Scoles, Brett Kraus, Tad Beekman, Ellie Beekman and Cody Beekman.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and 10 brothers and sisters, Walter, Viola, Alice, Annette, Gertrude, Myrtle, Lavera, Earl, John and Marjorie.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 12, at Memorial Park Cemetery in Sioux City. The Rev. Roger Madden of First United Methodist Church in Sioux City, will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, July 11, at the Christy-Smith Morningside Chapel in Sioux City.
Memorials may directed to Mayor Clinic in Rochester, Minn., or a charity of the donor's choice.