Dorothy Evelyn Beddow, 100|
Dorothy Evelyn Beddow was called to her heavenly home on Thursday,
March 15, 2012, at age 100. She died peacefully at Lasata Care Center
surrounded by her loving family and friends.
She is survived by her two children, Diana Radtke and Rick Beddow;
six grandchildren and spouses; nine great-grandchildren; and many
special nieces and nephews.
Dorothy was born in Iroquois, S.D., on Jan. 30, 1912. She graduated
from Yankton College and taught high school English, before marrying
Earl Beddow. They were married for 57 wonderful years. They moved to
Minneapolis, where they raised their family. She was a true blue
Vikings fan until she moved to Cedarburg in 2006 at the age of 94;
then she put on a cheese head and turned to the green and gold.
Some of Dorothyís interests included reading, playing bridge and
poker, volunteer work, discussing politics and collecting Indian
jewelry. She organized a prayer chain for her church and was still
active in her early 90s. She loved traveling, and her last three
trips were to Hawaii while in her 80s to see her granddaughter, Kym.
Some of her favorite Hawaiian foods were kiwi, papayas and home-grown
avocadoes. She loved these so much that she even tried to smuggle
them in her luggage. Later, at the Kona airport, agriculture
inspection was on to her and found two huge avocadoes hidden in her
Dorothy also had a lifelong interest in collecting antiques. She
would often say, "I am taking my treasures with me, so Iíll need a U-
Haul to Heaven."
She was preceded in death by just about everyone and would remark
that she was "older than God." Dorothy loved life, and it loved her
back. She was often heard saying, "Iím going to live forever," and
she almost did!
A memorial service will be held in the Chapel at Lasata Care Center,
Cedarburg on Sunday, March 25, at 4 p.m.