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Iris Beaver

Published: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 5:10 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 4:14 p.m. CDT

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.

Surviving are one son, David (Kathy) of Mattoon; one daughter-in-law, Carol of Keene, N.H.; four granddaughters, Michelle (Pema) Wangdak of Tobyhanna, Pa., Cassandra (John) McMillan of Humboldt, Amy (Jeff) Swearingen of Mattoon and Emily (Kevin) Hilligoss of Lovington; eight great-grandchildren, Rowen and Tessa Wangdak of Tobyhanna, Pa., Dawson McMillan of Humboldt, Raegan, Reese and Rebecca Swearingen of Mattoon, and Wyatt and Will Hilligoss of Lovington; one brother, the Rev. J. Boyd Chewning of South Carolina; and one sister, Mary Lowder of South Carolina.

She was preceded in death by one son, Michael in 1972; her parents; and three brothers and one sister. Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Matthews Lutheran Church, Princeton, with the Rev. Alfred Beck officiating. Burial will be in Elm Lawn Memorial Park, Princeton.

The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at the church.

Memorials may be directed to St. Matthew's Lutheran Church or the donor's choice.

The Norberg Memorial Home, Princeton, is in charge of arrangements.

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