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Iliene Beard - March 10, 2014


Iliene Viola Beard was born Oct. 18, 1928, in Madrid, Neb., to George Athel and Elizabeth Catherine (Schick) Tatum. Iliene died at Regent Park Nursing Home in Holyoke on March 10, 2014.

Iliene moved to Holyoke when she was a young girl. She attended Holyoke schools and graduated from Holyoke High School. She went to work as a young girl at a turkey farm that was located just north of Holyoke.

She met Vincen Beard, and they were married Sept. 15, 1946, in Torrington, Wyo., and then moved to the Champion, Neb., area, where she spent most of her time being a wife and mother. Later, Vincen and Iliene moved to the Lamar, Neb., area, where she was a member of a knitting club and was busy taking her children to 4-H meetings and activities.

After the kids got older, she ventured out to work outside the home. She started cleaning houses in Imperial, Neb., and then later started working in Holyoke at Shew’s Jewelry. They moved to Holyoke in 1970, where she remained working at Shew’s Jewelry until the store closed.

She also worked at Dr. Bob Wiest’s dental office and at several of the restaurants in Holyoke as a second job. She helped Vincen with remodeling the house, as well. Her favorite hobby was her flowers in the yard and her gardening. She also enjoyed sharing her garden crop with her neighbors and friends.

After Vincen died, she became a volunteer at Melissa Memorial Hospital as a greeter. She enjoyed socializing with the people who came in. Due to health issues, she entered Regent Park in December of 2013 and resided there until her death.

Iliene was preceded in death by her parents, George and Elizabeth Tatum; her husband, Vincen Earl Beard; her sisters, Louise, Mildred and Dorothy; brothers, Leo, Ernest, Chester and Herman; and daughters, Cynthia and Debbie.

She is survived by two sons, Danny Beard and wife Luana of Marion, Ark., and Tim Beard of Boise City, Okla.; two daughters, Barbara Statz and husband Bob of Sun Lakes, Ariz., and Patty Coyne of Holyoke; sisters-in-law, Maxine Beard of Imperial, Marlene Beard of Imperial, Thelma Gibbs of Oxford, Neb., and Lois Beard of Loveland; 11 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and many friends.

The memorial service was held April 26 at First Christian Church in Holyoke, with Pastor Merle Powell officiating with friend Paul Wickenkamp. Interment was held at the Lamar Cemetery.