Lavina L. Beaman, 91, of Epworth, passed away Monday, September 23, 2019 at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade.

Visitation for Lavina was held from 3-7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, where services were held at 7 p.m. with the Rev. Michael Schueller as presider. A private burial was held in Dubuque Memorial Gardens in Dubuque.

She was born Jan. 16, 1928 in Long Island, New York, daughter of James S. and Elsie (Hines) Brandenburg. She received her education in the Manchester and Dubuque schools. On Feb. 3, 1947 in Manchester, she was united in marriage to Myrlen Beaman. He preceded her in death Oct. 30, 1986. She worked at Ertl’s and Lund Manufacturing in Dyersville.

Lavina was a volunteer Den Mother for the Cub Scouts. She was always greeting her friends and family with a smile and a drink. She was always up for a good time and enjoyed beating her opponents at the game of Dice or Pool. She loved to dance and listen to old country music, garden, fish and do most things outdoors, especially her swimming pool time. She was a great baker and was known around the area as the Carmel Corn Lady for her outstanding carmel corn.

She is survived by one son, Ben Beaman, of Holy Cross; a daughter-in-law, Janice Beaman, of Epworth; grandchildren, Jody Sanderson, Todd (Ola) Beaman, Chris Beaman, Kari (Steve) Klostermann, Kellie (Louis) Nagy, Benjamin A. Beaman, Serenity Beaman; great-grandchildren, Andrew Duschen, Nathan Duschen, Nicolle Duschen, Paige Beaman, Todd (TJ) Beaman, Jillian Beaman, Lexi Klostermann, Noah Sanderson, Justin Klostermann, Ethan Klostermann, Ryan Klostermann, Michael Meyers; and many great-great-grandchildren.

She is also preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two sons, Myrlen (Bucky) Beaman, David Beaman; one daughter, Patricia Maize; five brothers, Arthur, Boyd, Junior, Merwin and Wilber Brandenburg; two sisters, Adella Brown and Lucella Werner.

The family of Lavina would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque and the staff of Shady Rest Care Center for all the care and compassion shown to Lavina.

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