In Memory

Lois Beesley

Lois T. Paris Beesley, 94, Delphi, died Sept. 23, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Healthcare Center, Delphi.
  A teacher, Mrs. Beesley started teaching elementary in 1937 in Michigantown, and continued teaching.  She taught at Hillcrest Elementary School in Delphi from 1955 to 1978.
  She owned Beesley Department Store for 22 years with her husband, the late Myron E. Beasley.
  Two sisters, Marie Giles, Muncie, and Ruth Emens, Frankfort, survive.
  Services were held Tuesday in Delphi with burial following at Masonic Cemetery, Delphi.
Obituary notice taken from the Carroll County Comet, Wednesday, September 28, 2011

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12/09/14 07:54 PM #1    

John O'Neill (1981)

I loved her class, and I loved shopping at her department store. I think I bought about a dozen pairs of shoes there over the years, and probably half of those were the exact same canvas Converse ones that I wore all through college.

Had her for third grade, which was just a year after we moved to Delphi and I was still generally shy and nervous. She helped bring me out of my shell and she read us several stories that I still remember, including the one about Pepper, an adopted raccoon, and the Grey-Nosed Kitten, about a kitten nobody wanted because it's nose was grey. Anyone else remember those? Or how she taught us fractions by cutting up an apple and asking how much of it we wanted? Of course we said 1/16 because that looked bigger than 1/2. Ha. What about watching the Monarch butterfly hatch? Great teacher.

Years later, I adopted a grey-nosed kitten and named it Mrs. Beesley. Unfortunately, about a week later, the vet said, you know, I made a mistake, and this one's a boy. So I made him Mr. Beesley. I got to tell her that story once at a basketball game at DCHS, and I couldn't tell if she found it strange or amusing or a little of both.

It wasn't for a long time that I realized how important she and Myron were to Camp Tecumseh, where I worked for several summers after high school. A very special couple.

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