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Dorothy Mae Beem

July 20, 1927 — March 11, 2024



Dorothy Mae (Ryan) Beem, 96, of Independence, Missouri, passed away Monday, March 11, 2024, peacefully at home, surrounded by her family.


Dorothy was born on July 20, 1927, In Independence, MO, daughter to Fred and Mable (McCullum) Ryan.  She was their only child.  In 1944 Dorothy wed James A. Beem and to them 4 children were born.


Dorothy was a member of the South Chrysler Restoration in Independence, MO where she served as a faithful member and made lasting friendships.


Dorothy’s work history included employment for the Independence School District Cafeterias Then for 25 years she was employed as a garment worker, during which time she also served as a prototype model for sizing new designs. Before retiring at age 61, she performed accounting/clerical /retail sales duties at Knoepker’s; a local garment retailer.  However, the job she valued most was the role of Mom.  She always raised her family with love, support and kindness.  If any work or home task was unknown to her, she always met that challenge while remaining humble.  Her favorite pastimes were sewing, embroidery, crafts, and word-search puzzles.  Dorothy was a wonderful mother, grandmother, friend and more; she will be deeply missed.


Dorothy is survived by her children, Kathleen M Corbett, James A Beem, Jr., Colleen F Fairbanks, 15 grandchildren, 26great grandchildren, 10 great-great grandchildren, extended family and many dear friends.  She is preceded in death by her parents Fred and Mabel Ryanher husband, James A Beem, Sr., her son Galen K Beem, and her great grandson Brenden DiGaetano.


Cremation is planned with a private family graveside service.


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