Memorial services for Dorothy J. Beighley, age 95 of Albert Lea, will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, April 11, 2016 at United Methodist Church. Rev. John Mitchem will officiate. Interment will be at Hillcrest Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 3:00 â 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 10, 2016 at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday.
Dorothy died Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at Oak Park Place.
Dorothy June Beighley was born July 21, 1920 in Hayward, the daughter of Bennie and Lela (Jackson) Thompson. She grew up in Hayward, attending country school. Dorothy married Elvin Beighley on January 14, 1938 in Mason City, Iowa. She was a cook in grade schools and worked at Mrs. Gerryâs. Dorothy attended United Methodist Church, where she was a member of the Circle. She enjoyed baking, dancing with her husband, playing rummy, watching the Minnesota Twins, and playing bingo. She also volunteered at the Good Samaritan Society. Everyone looked up to Dorothy who served as the matriarch of her large family, even being nominated for Mother of the Year in the 1950s.
Dorothy is survived by her 10 children, Roy (Nancy) Beighley, Joanne Hanson, Judy (Rodger) Luksik, Dean (Debbie) Beighley, Jack (Ruth) Beighley, Dan (Debbie) Beighley, Terry Beighley, Mick (Jane) Beighley, Tim (Angie) Beighley, and Penny (Brad) Mellum; 27 grandchildren, 44 great-grandchildren, 15 great-great-grandchildren; sister, Harriet Heckes; brother-in-law, Elton (Mavis) Beighley; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Elvin; her parents; sisters, Lorraine Trae and Marvel Fair; daughter-in-law, Linda Beighley; grandson, Travis Beighley; granddaughters Rachael and Crystal Beighley in infancy; great-grandson, Michael in infancy; and sons-in-law, Lyle Johnson and Hody Hanson.
The family would like to thank the staff of Oak Park Place for their wonderful care. She will be sadly missed by her family.