Mount Vernon News
  • Mary ‘Arlene’ Beach

  • November 15, 2010

MOUNT VERNON — Mary “Arlene” Beach, 87, slept away peacefully on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010.

Born April 21, 1923, she lived most of her life in Mount Vernon and was a 1941 graduate of MVHS. Arlene attended White Cross Hospital as a nurse cadet and graduated in 1944. She entered the U.S. Army Nurse Corps in 1945 and was stationed at Newton D. Baker Hospital in Martinsburg, W.Va. She received an honorable discharge as a second lieutenant. Arlene retired from Mercy Hospital in 1962, having been head nurse of the emergency room, and both the third and fourth floors. She was a 30-year participant in the Nurses’ Health Study conducted by Channing Laboratory at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in order to further the knowledge of women’s health issues.

She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Robert Earl Beach; sons, Robert B. (Mitzi), of Wichita, Kan., and Thomas H. (Lori), of Mount Vernon; granddaughter, Kara M. (Chad) Gillam, grandsons, Mark R. (Becky), Brian J. (Katie) and Eric C. (Amanda), eight great-granddaughters, and one great-grandson, all of Denver, Colo.

Arlene was a member of the First Congregational United Church of Christ for 55 years. She loved gardening, crocheting and traveling. She had visited 49 of the 50 States and all of Western Europe. Her family was her most prized possession.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Mary Huntsberry; brother, Wayne; sister, Margaret; and infant son, Daniel.

Friends may call Wednesday, Nov. 17, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, with a memorial service to begin at 3 p.m. with the Rev. R. Keith Stuart, Ph.D., officiating. A light reception will follow the service. The Dilley-Lasater Funeral Home in Mount Vernon is handling the funeral arrangements for the Beach family.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to either Hospice of Knox County, 17700 Coshocton Road, Mount Vernon, or Knox County Career Center School of Practical Nursing (Eleanor Swanson fund), 308 Martinsburg Road, Suite A, Mount Vernon, OH 43050.

To express a condolence, share a memory or view the memorial tribute video, please visit the funeral home’s website at

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