Obituaries — October 8, 2009

Mrs. Letha Beauchamp

Mrs. Letha Beauchamp

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Mrs. Letha Beauchamp, age 85, of Rockford was welcomed home on Friday, October 2, 2009, to be with her Lord and Savior whom she faithfully served and trusted.

As a young woman, she accepted Christ into her life. Letha always made sure her children and grandchildren attended Sunday school. Her Bible was used a lot, with many verses committed to memory. During WWII, she served her country in the Army Air Corps.

Her family has many precious memories of Letha playing the banjo while her husband played the guitar. She enjoyed drawing and painting; many of her artworks were of her early childhood. After Letha traveled to Israel, she captured many of those scenes in her art. She volunteered at the Mel Trotter Mission as a cook, and later in life, Letha took college courses in art.

She is survived by her loving family: her children, Dick and Wanda Beauchamp of Sparta, and Mrs. Dixie VanderMey of Rockford; grandchildren, Melinda Barajas, Lori Danko, Julie and Jason Neumann, Bill and Traci Beauchamp, Bethany Beauchamp and Chris Helmholdt, Brook and Richard Speck, Richard and Deb VanderMey, Marshall VanderMey, Michael and Roni VanderMey, Mrs. Cindy Baldridge; 27 great-grandchildren; brother, Donald and Betty Westbrook; sister-in-law, Helen Platt; sister, Joyce Westbrook; daughter-in-law, Deborah Beauchamp; nieces and nephews.

obit-flag-fcShe was preceded in death by her husband, William Beauchamp, on September 28, 1984; her son, Kenneth Roy Beauchamp, in 1981; her grandson, Caleb Matthew Neumann, on February 11, 2003; her son-in-law, Robert VanderMey, on October 14, 2006; her grandson-in-law, Dr. Rob Baldridge on July 9, 2007; her brothers, William Westbrook, Fred Westbrook, and Merle Westbrook; her sisters, Mary Munson, Jane Kessler, and Dorothy Westbrook.

The service for Mrs. Beauchamp was Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at Sparta Church of the Nazarene with Pastor Tim Smith officiating. Military honors were under the auspices of the Army National Guard with interment in Rockford Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Sparta Church of the Nazarene or Friends of Michigan Veterans Home.

Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.

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