Muriel E. Beckus

Born: Thursday, September 4, 1919
Passed: Monday, April 23, 2018

Visitation:
5/12/2018 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Fred C. Olson Chapel 

Obituary

Muriel Beckus, 98 years old, passed away peacefully in the home of her daughter Judy Wagner on Monday, April 23, 2018. Born September 3, 1919 in Roggen, Colorado to parents Edwin D. Chapman (1879-1943) and Malinda Shaw Chapman (1887-1932).

Muriel was a beautician for many years, starting with styles, cuts, and permanent waves for friends and her children in Tomah, WI, then becoming state licensed and owning her own salon in New Milford, IL serving her family, friends and community for (+/-) 30 years before retiring.
She worked at the Veterans Administration Hospital for a few years in Tomah, WI.
She proudly served as a Jenny Lind Volunteer at SwedishAmerican Hospital (Rockford, IL) for many years, and was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Holcomb Chapter #455 for several years.
Muriel pursued many hobbies in her life, including flower gardening, crocheting, and reading. She enjoyed working outside, planting a variety of flowers and plants, caring for them thru the season and watching them grow and attract many birds. She crafted countless afghans, newborn layette sets, and delicate thread lace doilies for family and friends for many years. Reading, working cryptogram and crossword puzzles were also favorite activities. These passions were passed along to several of her children and grandchildren.
She had a fondness for traveling and visited several states, as well as Alaska and Hawaii in her lifetime. She also enjoyed seeing the youngest members of her family, and lived to see 5 generations extend out beyond her.

Muriel is survived by her daughters, Carol J Nichols (Clint) of Rockford, Judith Wagner (Elwood) Rockford, Marlene Morrow (Spokane WA), Sandra Kiesling (Gerald) of Rockford, as well as multiple nieces and nephews, 12 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren, and 14 great-great grand- children.

She is predeceased by her parents, husband, William Richard Morrow (1916-1954), husband, Carl William Beckus (1918-1998), sister Agnes (d. 1926), 2 brothers, Thomas C (1917-1992) and R Bernard (1925-1994), infant son, William Edward Chapman (b/d 1939), daughter Sharon Jean Morrow (1948-2016, Carl Junction MO).

Visitation will be held Saturday May 12, 2018 from 4-6pm at the Olson Funeral Home/Fred C. Olson Chapel located at 1001 2nd Ave Rockford IL. Interment to follow at a later date.