Celebrating the Life of Wanda Beebe
Sunday, April 2, 2017 • 2 p.m. • Newberg Friends Church
Wanda (Pierson) Beebe passed away on Saturday, March 18, 2017, at Friendsview Retirement Community in Newberg, Oregon. She was 83 years old, and had been married to her high school sweetheart, Ralph Beebe, for almost 64 years.
Wanda LaVonne Pierson was born October 9, 1933, in Hugoton, Kansas, to Nathan and Hazel Pierson. After living five years in Friendswood, Texas, the family moved to Vancouver, Washington, then to Star, Idaho, in 1948. She graduated from Greenleaf Friends Academy in 1950, then attended George Fox College in Newberg, Oregon, for two years.
In 1953 Wanda married Ralph Beebe. They moved to Eugene in 1957, where they were active in Eugene Friends Church, and Wanda served as homemaker for their three children. Wanda and Ralph returned to Newberg in 1974, where she worked in the George Fox business office until retirement in 1996. In 2000, the couple moved to the Friendsview Retirement Community.
Wanda suffered kidney failure in 1996 and was on dialysis for 18 months until her son, Ken, donated a kidney at Thanksgiving time in 1997. Husband Ralph reported it as being the greatest Thanksgiving of their lives, and “the giving of sincere thanks continued throughout her life.”
Wanda was a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother. She was an avid reader who enjoyed photography and knitting, and went out of her way to come alongside and help others – perhaps most notably through the love and loyalty she displayed to her kids and grandkids. She held a strong commitment to following Jesus and gave many hours of volunteer work to Newberg Friends Church, Friendsview Retirement Community, Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends Church, and George Fox University.
Wanda is survived by her husband, Ralph; three children: Diane Beebe, Lori (and Ron) Tuning, and Ken (and LeAnn) Beebe; ten grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and her brother, Neil (and Pat) Pierson. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Esther (and Milford) House.
In lieu of flowers, gifts may be sent to benefit missions through the Board of Global Outreach of Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends Church (200 N. Meridian St, Newberg, OR 97132).