Lorna T. Beck

Monday, October 27, 2014

Lorna T. Beck, 93, of Bainbridge, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014.

Born Aug. 17, 1921 in Morton, she was daughter of Russell E. and Laurel (Butcher) Thomas.

She was a 1940 graduate of Bainbridge High School.

She married Raymond F. Beck on Jan. 30, 1943, and he preceded her in death on March 1, 2007.

Lorna and Ray owned Plum Creek Valley Farm in Bainbridge, raising Hereford cattle since 1980.

She had previously served as executive secretary for the Shelby County United Fund from 1975-1976; served as Shelby County assessor from 1967-1974 (being the first woman and first Republican elected to the office); was the communications and accounting office worker for Allison Division of General Motors from 1943-1946; and worked as a telephone operator at Indiana Communications Corp., Greencastle, from 1940-1943.

She was a member of the Brick Chapel United Methodist Church and formerly a member of the First United Methodist Church Shelbyville; a regent with the Daughters of American Revolution; member of the Putnam County Republican Women's Club and the Shelby County Republican Party.

Survivors include her children, Pamela Beck (David) Danner, Jann C. Beck and Thomas W. (Laura) Beck; grandchildren Constance (Tony) Solina, Laurel (Jarrette) Marley and Morgan Danner; and great-grandchildren Rhys Solina and David Scott Marley.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; and siblings Betty Hughes, Margaret Lyons and Wayne Thomas.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 31 at Hopkins-Rector Funeral Home, Greencastle, with interment to follow at Brick Chapel Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until time of service Friday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory to the Brick Chapel United Methodist Church.

Condolences and expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family c/o www.Hopkins-Rector.com.