Laura Etta Milton Beck, 102 years old, of 111 Johnson Avenue, Pembroke, VA, died Monday, May 14, 2012 at Giles Community Hospital in Pearisburg, VA. She was the last member of her immediate family, being a daughter of the late John Albert and Nannie Rose Slash Milton. She was a retired domestic having worked for many prominent families in Giles County. She was married to the late Ernest L. Beck on April 28, 1928 and to this union was born ten children. She was a lifetime member of The First Baptist Church at Pembroke, was an avid gardener, and loved to can and quilt. She loved to bless her community and friends with the fruits of her labors. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband of fifty-five years, Ernest L. Beck, her brothers Robert and Cordoza Milton, her sisters Fannie Mae Dean and Mary Sue Paige, her children Kathleen Cook, Richard L. Beck, and Ernest L. Beck, Jr, and also six sons-in-law.
Her surviving family members are her children Violet Flewellen of Columbus, Ohio, Louise Dorsey (John) of Mount Airy, MD, Evelyn Bailey of Cleveland, Ohio, Georgia E. Jones of Columbus, Ohio, Thelma B. Hairston of Princeton, WV, Sallie A. Carey of Pembroke, VA and Sarah L. Kisner of Cleveland, Ohio; her daughter-in-law Regina Beck Patterson of Rancho Cordova, California; a sister-in-law Rena Wilson of Roanoke, VA; her thirty-three grandchildren, her forty-four great-grandchildren; her thirteen great-great-grandchildren; her adopted daughter and special care giver Madeline King; her special adopted son Jimmy Chapman; her special cousin, Deacon James E. Chapman; her special friend and neighbor Kathy Williams and Vellen King. She also leaves to celebrate her life a host of nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 1:00 pm in the First Baptist Church on Chapman Avenue in Pembroke with her pastor, The Rev. James Cooper officiating. Burial will follow in Birchlawn Burial Park in Pearisburg. The family will receive friends at the church one hour before the services. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. The Kendall Funeral Home in Pembroke is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent by visiting kendallfuneralhome.com.