MATTOON — Iris C. Beaver, 96, of Mattoon passed away Sunday, March 31, 2013, at Odd Fellow Rebekah Nursing Home in Mattoon.
Born Aug. 17, 1916, in Westville, S.C., to the Rev. C.P. Chewning and Ruth (Sessions) Chewning, she married the Rev. Ervin T. Beaver May 24, 1938, in Mullins, S.C. He preceded her in death in 1982.
She was a graduate of Columbia College, Columbia, S.C., in 1937 and did graduate studies at Appalachian State Teacher College, the University of Missouri and Northern Illinois University. She taught in the Princeton Elementary Schools from 1953 to 1983.
She was an active member of St. Matthews Lutheran Church for 50 years, having taught Sunday school for many years. She served as president of the Women's Guild, chairman of the Stewardship Committee and president of the Church Council. She also was an active member of Prairie View Health Care Auxiliary, Church Women United and Retired Teachers Association. After moving to Brookstone Estates in Mattoon in August of 2003 she was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Friends of the Library, Quadrangle Book Club and the Women's Auxiliary of the Salvation Army.
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