Edith Dean Beacom, 102, of Vermillion, SD passed away Saturday, December 5 at the Ava’s House in Sioux Falls, SD after sustaining an injury at the Sanford Vermillion Care Center where she resided.
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Edith was born March 29, 1918 to Jens P. and Matilda (Madsen) Jensen of Irene, SD. The youngest of six daughters, she grew up on their family farm and attended school in Irene. On January 12, 1937 she married William J. “Bill” Dean and moved to Vermillion. There, together with George W. Dean, Hazel (her sister) and Chet Dean, they started a meat processing plant – Dean Pack and the Main Street Market, which they owned and operated for over 40 years.
For a time, Edith was also employed as a cook at a fraternity house. She was an excellent seamstress and was kept busy sewing for their four daughters.
After they closed the business, she and Bill enjoyed attending auctions. When Bill passed, Edith continued to live in Vermillion until she met and married George Beacom of Bronson, IA in 1990, and they spent winters in Texas.
A year after George passed, Edith moved to the Vermillion Assisted Living on Norbeck St. and into the Sanford Vermillion Care Center in 2015 where she participated in Bingo and art activities.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 50 years, Bill Dean in 1987, her second husband George Beacom in 2006, five sisters and a granddaughter Jill Hoffman.
Grateful for her life and forever remembering her, a beautiful person with a beautiful smile, are her four daughters; Loretta Dean of Lawrenceville, NJ, Marilyn (Jeff) Wirth of Tucson, AZ, Gwen (Jim) Hoffman of Fayetteville, NC and Sherry O’Connor (Tom Gilchrist) of Springfield, SD. Nine grandchildren; Lori Wirth of Tucson, Dan (Beth) Wirth of Knoxville, TN, Tom (Laura) Wirth of Phaeton, IA, Lori (Alex) Smart of Salem, SD, Heidi (Bruce) Hughes of Knightsville, NC, Molly (Amek) Conklin of Carl Junction, MO, Shannon O’Connor (Alan LeNoble) of New York, NY, Angela Callahan of Canton, GA and Michelle (Hank) Wall of Hoschton, GA, and 17 great grandchildren.
The family thanks Dr. Charles Yelverton for the dedicated care he gave to Edith for so many years.
Funeral service will be 2:00 PM Thursday, December 10 with visitation beginning at 1:00 PM all at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Vermillion. Burial will follow in the Gayville Community Cemetery, Gayville, SD.