Barbara Janette (Kresse) Beem, 78, of Clinton, daughter of Herman J. and Felicia (Paramore) Kresse, passed away Monday, June 25, 2012, at her home. She was born Feb. 7, 1934, at North Little Rock in the home of her grandparents Herman Joseph and Emma Kresse. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, parents, brother Lawrence "Larry" Kresse, nephew Mark Kresse, and friends, Wilma and Charlie Driver. She leaves behind her brother Herman J. Kresse; her sister Linda Kresse Tinnon; her husband of 57 years, Charles Vernon Beem; their sons Richard Alan and Beverly (Ingram), and Brian Keith and Lea Ann (Fletcher) Beem; five grandchildren, Parker, Cameron, Sydney, Caleb and Trent; and many close friends and family.
She was a 1952 graduate of Mount St. Mary’s Academy in Little Rock, and she taught art for two years at St. Patrick’s. She volunteered for six years with the remedial reading group in Clinton Public School. She was the past president of the Clinton P.T.A. She was very active with her church at St. Jude’s Catholic Church in Clinton where she was a longtime member of the Alter Society. She was a board member at the Clinton Library when Clinton flooded and was instrumental in obtaining funds for the new library.
Rosary/Prayer Service was June 27, 2012. Memorial Mass was 10 a.m. Thursday, June 28, 2012, at St. Jude’s Catholic Church with Father Oliver Ochieze officiating.
Donations can be made to Van Buren County Arkansas Department of Health Hospice, P.O. Box 452 Clinton, AR 72031. Cremation arrangements under the arrangements of Roller-McNutt Funeral Home of Clinton. Online guest book: www.rollerfuneralhomes.com