Beth K. Haile

Nov 6, 2019
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Memorial Mass will be held at St. Edward Catholic Church on Saturday, November 16, 2019, at 10:30 AM. Reception to follow in the church hall.



Family graveside services were held at Waterloo Cemetery.


In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to Waterloo Public Library for purchasing children’s books, attn Kim Chapman


Beth K. Haile, 35, of Waterloo, IA, died at her home, surrounded by family and friends, on Wednesday, November 6, 2019. She had lived with brain cancer since December 2017.


Beth was born on May 3, 1984 in Charleston, SC, to John and Patricia Taylor Garrison.


She graduated from Summerville High School in Summerville, SC, in 2002; graduated from University of Virginia where she was a Jefferson Scholar in 2006; and completed her PhD in Theological Ethics at the age of 26 from Boston College.


She married Scott Haile on June 6, 2009, at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Newton, MA.


Beth was a professor for three years at Carroll College in Helena, MT. She retired to be a full time mother and was passionately committed to classical homeschooling. During this time she wrote a regular column for U.S. Catholic, blogged for, and published scholarly articles on natural law and virtue ethics. Beth loved God, family, friends, running, birding, travel, Thomas Aquinas, Aristotle, wine, fine food, and reading to her children. She had dear friends up and down her street and throughout the country.


She was a member of St. Edward Catholic Church and also attended Unity Presbyterian Church with her husband.


She is survived by her husband; a daughter, Teresa "Ressie" Haile; three sons, Thomas, Richard, and Nicholas; her parents of Summerville; two sisters, Amanda (Will) Burgess‚ Stanley‚ NC and Brenna (Scott) Hinson‚ Summerville; two brothers, Allen (Melissa) Garrison‚ Ft. Mill‚ SC and Cody (Shane Gibson) Garrison‚ Charleston; and her maternal grandmother, Loraine Taylor‚ Maplewood‚ MN.


Beth is preceded in death by her paternal grandmother, Sue Howel, and maternal grandfather, Richard Taylor.



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  1. Marcel Uwineza | Nov 14, 2019

    Dear Beth's family,

    The loss of a loved one is devastating. My prayer joins yours as you mourn the departure of beth. In moments like these, we offer our prayer and hope. No words are enough. May Beth meet the Risen Christ. I will offer Mass for Beth.


    Marcel Uwineza, SJ

    PhD Candidate at Boston College, Department of Theology

  2. Leo Lushombo | Nov 14, 2019

    Condolences !



  3. Leo Lushombo | Nov 14, 2019

    Dear Beth's Family

    I am Leo, a Ph.D Candidate at Boston College. I am from the Democratic Republic of Congo. I did not know Beth, she was already graduated when I started, but I know her now in Spirit and through your loss. Tremendous losses like this one can only unite us.

    I know Beth is alive in God and for her loved ones and will always be united with you because God's love never dies.

    May God give you strength in this difficult time.

    I am very united with you in prayers.

    Leo Lushombo




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