Thelma Alice Beem
May 03, 2001 11:00 pm

Thelma Alice Beem, 94, Brookings, died May 3, 2001, at Sutter Coast Hospital in Crescent City.

She was born Feb. 16, 1907, in Yetter, Iowa, to Hervey and Maude McLaughlin.

She assisted her father in the fields when horses were still used, her family said.

She married Miles Clifford Beem June 28, 1929.

Mrs. Beem worked as a school bus driver in South Dakota and Estacada.

About 1943 she worked in the ship yards as a electricians helper.

For several years, she also sat with terminally ill people. Later, after moving to Brookings in 1949, she assisted Dr. Samuels with births.

She received many awards including the Chivalry Award from the Rebekah Lodge, the Do- Gooder certificate from the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Her work on the Curry Good Samaritan Center, which she helped to build, was profiled in Ladies Circle Magazine.

In 1988 she was presented with the Beta Sigma Phi Woman of the Year award.

She enjoyed playing the piano and visiting patients at Curry Good Samaritan Center. She moved into the center in 1993.

Survivors are her son Russell Beem of Grants Pass; daughters Gerry Buchner of Medford; Jeanie Cornett of Cave Junction.

Also surviving are 17 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were her parents; husband; and son Clifton Beem.

A memorial service is planned for Friday, May 11, at 1 p.m. at the Brookings Presbyterian Church, 540 Pacific Ave.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in her name to Curry Good Samaritan Center, P.O. Box 1217, Brookings, OR 97415 or the Brookings Presbyterian Church.

Interment will be in Eagle Point National Veterans Cemetery.