Hillsboro – Vera David-Beach, 87, died June 5, 2017 at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro. She was born September 12, 1929 to Otto and Miriam (Reuscher) David Rural Tampa, Kansas. She married Raymond Beach June 4, 1994 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Survivors include: brother, Fred (Doris) David of Hillsboro; sister, Darlene Helberg of Kissimmee, Florida; many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her husband, Raymond Beach in 2013, brother, Eldon David and sisters, Dorothy David, Lavada Hagen. Celebration of Life Service 11:00 a.m. Saturday, June 10, 2017 at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church with Pastor Dave Plett officiating. Memorials to Parkside Homes in care of Jost Funeral Home P.O. Box 266 Hillsboro, KS 67063. Online condolences at www.jostfuneralhome.com
Life Sketch taken from the Funeral Bulletin
Vera Elinore David-Beach left us to be with her Savior, Jesus Christ on
June 5, 2017. She was 87 years old. Vera accepted Christ as her Savior and
was baptized as a young girl. Her family attended the Mennonite Brethren
Church in rural Tampa, Kansas.
Vera was born at her home in rural Tampa, Kansas on September 12, 1929
to Otto and Miriam (Reuscher) David. She was the 3rd of six children which
included Eldon, Dorothy, LaVada, Darlene and Fredrick (Fred). The family
farm was located 3 miles south of Tampa. In 1947 she graduated with three
other students from Tampa Rural High School. Her first job was working at
Tampa State Bank.
After high school, Vera made the move to Hillsboro where she lived
with her sisters, Dorothy and LaVada, while working at First National Bank
(Emprise Bank). Vera loved working at the bank and often shared fond
Dorothy moved to Lincoln, Nebraska and Vera soon followed. The two
sisters lived together for many years and were involved in many of the same
activities including Christian Women’s Club, Lancaster County Republican
Party and Republican Women’s Association, often being involved with
the state senatorial campaigns. In the early 60’s she was involved with an
advisory board for the Hovland-Swanson, an exclusive department store
in downtown Lincoln. She made many friends while participating in these
organizations. She also served on a Fashion Board for the Hovland-Swanson.
Vera’s involvement at First Baptist Church included leadership of their
women’s groups, choir and church Deaconess. Vera was very involved with
the Crusader’s Sunday School class and the Wednesday evening Supper Bible
On May 23, 1957 Vera completed training to be certified as a
dental assistant. Vera’s attention to detail helped her to land a job at Dr
Heidebrecht’s practice in Lincoln. When she heard about a job opening at the
state capital, she applied and got the job. She served the state of Nebraska
for forty-three years; eight in the Secretary of State’s office and thirtyfive
years working as the executive secretary for the Nebraska Real Estate
Commissioner. She spent many hours promoting the real estate industry. She
met one of her lifelong friends while working there. She and Norma Mills
would take their daily coffee break together, sit in the Capital Rotunda and
watch the lobbyists and the hustle and bustle of people. Many of her coworkers
became lifelong friends. She retired June 30, 2001.
In the early 90’s a mutual friend introduced Vera to Dr. Raymond M
Beach. They were married on June 4, 1994 at the First Baptist church in
Lincoln, Nebraska. They enjoyed almost 20 years of marriage before Ray
passed away in 2013. The two of them enjoyed attending church events,
community events, some travel, meeting friends for lunch after church on
Sunday and many, many trips to Kansas to visit family.
Vera moved to Parkside Homes in November 2012. It was a very difficult
decision to leave Lincoln after living there for most of her life. It was difficult
to leave her many friends and the conveniences of living in a city, but she
knew in her heart she needed to be with family. She was included in all
holiday and family events.
Vera was a very special aunt. With no children of her own, she loved
her nieces and nephews like her own children. She loved shopping for gifts,
spending time and putting thought into each one. Dorothy and Vera, and later
Ray, traveled to Hillsboro for many holidays, usually leaving after work on
Friday. Christmas was their favorite time of the year and if memory serves
correct, we think they only missed once Christmas due to weather. It was not
Christmas at LaVada’s house until Aunt Dorothy and Aunt Vera arrived.
Vera was proceeded in death by her parents; husband, Raymond Beach;
her brother, Eldon David; sisters, Dorothy David and LaVada Hagen; and
brother in law, Lewis Hagen.
She is survived by her sister, Darlene Helberg, Poinciana, Florida and
her brother, Fred and his wife, Doris David, Hillsboro, Kansas. She is also
survived by nieces and nephews: (LaVada) Coleen and Murray Koop, Tamera
and Kenneth Ollenburger and John and Marlene Hagen; (Darlene) Todd
Helberg, Shelly LaMarque, Laurel Hernandez, and Jennifer and Greg Jardine;
(Fred) Scott and Sherry David; 14 great nieces and nephews and 1 great-great