Marion J. Beatty

Apr 29, 2021
Beatty, Marion Crop


11:00 am on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at the Memorial Park Cemetery Chapel, 3430 W 4th St, Waterloo, Iowa


One hour prior to services at the Memorial Park Cemetery Chapel     


Memorial Park Cemetery     


Waterloo First United Methodist Church

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Marion J. Beatty, 96, of Waterloo, died Thursday, April 29, 2021 at Friendship Village Retirement Center in Waterloo.

She was born September 17, 1924, in Chippewa Falls, WI, daughter of Roy B. and Lucile B. Monat Hanson.

Marion graduated from Chippewa High School in 1942 and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in teaching in 1947 from St. Olaf College. She also attended graduate school at the University of Iowa.

Marion married Samuel Thomas Beatty on May 24, 1952 in Iowa City; he died February 7, 2000.

She taught high school at Houston, MN for three years, Tipton, IA for one year, and North English for one year. In 1969, she began teaching for the Montessori System of Black Hawk County until retiring in 1994 as the director.

Marion was a member Waterloo First United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women. She was past president of the Altar Guild, taught Special Education Sunday School and elementary Sunday School. Marion also served on the education and outreach committee which founded and supported the Historic Church Row Neighborhood Group.

She is past president of Chapter Z- PEO (1968) and member of the Junior League of America and Waterloo Women’s Club. She and her husband were past presidents and state presidents of the Association of Retarded Citizens - ARC. She volunteered at Allen Hospital Gift Shop, cooked and served meals for the Salvation Army and church community meals. She enjoyed visiting their home at Holiday Lake and playing tennis and water sports – fishing, swimming, and boating. She belonged to many bridge and game groups, study club, and Bible study.

Marion survived by her son, Samuel Michael (Mary Ann) Beatty of Iowa City; two daughters, Ann (Randy) Walker of Waterloo‚ and Sara (Dr. Gaylon) TeSlaa of Mammoth Lakes‚ CA; five grandchildren, Samuel William (Kayla) Beatty, Alexandra (Tom) Parham, Tara (Sunday Falowo) TeSlaa, Jay (Angie) TeSlaa, Theo and Tommy TeSlaa; five great-grandchildren; and one sister, Sarah (August) Helgerson of Oshkosh‚ WI.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Samuel T.; and one sister, Margaret Kalow.

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  1. Jane Richardson | May 11, 2021
    Marion was a kind lady with a sweet loving heart! Sending deepest sympathy from a former Prospect neighbor kid!
  2. James Olesen | May 07, 2021
    I am sorry to hear of her passing, although she had long, full, and productive life. She was a very kind individual. Rest in peace.
  3. Kae Lind | May 02, 2021
    Marion and i shared membership in PEO and Junior League. She was a wonderful volunteer at the Art Center when i was Volunteer Director. She was so much fun and filled a room with joy. Kae Lind
  4. Jenny Allen | May 02, 2021
    Marion was a wise, kind and forward thinking woman.  She treated everyone as an equal and gave her daughter Ann the dignity of living the life she wanted and the freedom get married when this was not thought possible.  I spoke to Marion of her bravery many years after the wedding and expressed my admiration for her decision. I have worked with people with disabilities for many years and she was always a role model for me.  
  5. Judy A Conner | May 01, 2021

    I am so sad to hear of Marion's passing.  I worked with Marion at the Montessori System School for several years, and we became good friends.  Although I moved away from Iowa in 2000, Marion and I have stayed in contact, and I always went to visit her whenever I was back in Iowa.  She was such a lady: always dressed impeccably (for many years in heels).  How she could work all day in those high heels continues to be a mystery to me.  She was so kind and gentle with the little children and loved working with them at the art table in particular.  Whenever I would visit her, she always arranged to have tea, snacks, or dessert, or even wine.  She was a perfect example of grace and dignity, and was always ready to share a laugh.  I so enjoyed her sense of humor!  From her I learned to set out my good silver and enjoy it instead of keeping it locked away in a cabinet.  She hand wrote her Christmas cards every year except for this past one.  She spoke lovingly of her family, and was very proud of each of you.  I will miss her very much! Fondly, Judy Conner

  6. Cindy wilson | Apr 29, 2021
    Marion was always a delight when she was around.  We enjoyed family gatherings when she and sam attended.  Prayers to the family

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