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Former Armstrong resident, Leone Beach, passed away at Golden Living Center in Glasgow on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012. She was 100.

Leone Marie Beach was born to Walter and Fanny (Rollings) Rogers in Lake Crystal, Minn., on Oct. 1, 1911. Leone graduated from New Providence High School in Iowa. She attended William Penn College one semester, and then attended business school in Oskaloosa. On Nov. 12, 1936, Leone married Lawrence Beach in New Providence, Iowa. In 1954 the couple purchased a farm near Armstrong. Leone worked as a telephone operator until the dial system was installed while Lawrence farmed and worked at the Armstrong Elevator and the Orscheln Brake Lever Factory in Moberly. He preceded her in death on Oct. 23, 2004. Leone was a longtime member of the Roanoke Presbyterian Church. She always enjoyed playing the organ at home and for church and community programs. Leone and Lawrence loved to travel and take trips.  

She is survived by one daughter, Beverly (Gilbert) Mattli of Fayette; daughter-in-law, Nylah Beach of Roanoke; five grandchildren, Ted Williams, Tony (Sheri) Williams, Tina (Tim) Rice, Chris (Jill) Beach, and Beth (Tony) Sloan; 18 great-grandchildren, Jill (Ryan) Dickneite, Jessie Williams, Jaime Williams, Josh Ivy, Erin (Nick) Dorman, Samantha Williams, Sadie Williams, Jacob Rice, Taylor Rice, Kevin Beach, Abby Beach, Bridget Beach, Laura Beach, Joseph Beach, Greta Beach, Olivia Sloan, Braden Sloan and Julia Sloan; two great-great-grandchildren, Liam Dickneite and Braylin Brunkhorst. Besides her parents and husband she was preceded in death by her son, Larry, son-in-law, Tommy Williams, grandson, Timmy Williams, two brothers and two sisters.

Services will be at 2 p.m, Sunday, at Friemonth-Freese Funeral Chapel in Fayette with Rev. James Bolin officiating. Visitation will be held one hour before the service. Burial will follow the service at Wesley Chapel Cemetery in Armstrong.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Wesley Chapel Cemetery, in care of Friemonth-Freese Funeral Service, 174 Hwy 5 & 240 N., Fayette, MO 65248.

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