Dorothy Marie “Grandma” Beard


Dorothy Marie “Grandma” Beard, 96, of Gardner, KS, passed away Dec., 10, 2017 at Delmar Gardens. Funeral service will be held 11:00 am Sat., Dec. 16, 2017 at Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner, KS (913) 856-7111. Burial follows at Edgerton Cemetery, Edgerton, KS. Visitation 6:00 to 8:00 pm Fri., Dec. 15, 2017 at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Encompass Hospice.
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Dorothy was born Nov. 23, 1921 in Shawnee, KS to Clyde and Bertha Lee (Ebberts) Clarrey. She lived in Merriam, KS for 33 years, then spent 21 years in Edgerton, KS and moved to Gardner, KS in 1985.She married James Beard on Dec. 3, 1942 in Merriam, KS. Dorothy was a member of Shawnee Baptist Church. She loved shopping, garage sales and going out to lunch but most of all she loved being with her family. She will be dearly missed.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, James, in 1992; siblings: Steve Clarrey, James Clarrey, Donald Clarrey and Mary Ambrose. Dorothy is survived by her children: James Beard, Jr., Gardner, KS, Eric and wife Wendy Beard, Edgerton, KS, Joyce Winfree, Lenexa, KS, Janice and husband Woody, Sr., Farmer, Warsaw, MO, Judy and husband Chuck Hartman, Kansas City, KS and Juanita Long, KCMO; fifteen grandchildren and many great-grandchildren and sister, Alberta Greenwell, Lenexa, KS.