Helen M. Beach

Helen M. Beach, 86, of Tonganoxie, Kansas, originally of Westwood, Kansas passed away peacefully and went to be with the Lord on December 30, 2014.
She had worked 22 years as a Consumer Product Specialist, Lamp Division for GTE Sylvania before retiring in 1986.  She was a member of Willard Avenue Baptist Church and enjoyed singing in the choir along with singing solo’s upon request.  Her Faith in the Lord was always first in her life and her fellowship with the Church was a joy she held dear to her heart.   Helen raised her family while living in Westwood, KS for many many years before moving to her daughters home in Tonganoxie, Kansas to be cared for after a serious fall and illness.  She enjoyed her last few years living in the country where she had peace, happiness, tranquility with lot’s of love and care.
Although we have lost a wonderful lady here on this earth, she is now an Angel in heaven with our Lord and she will forever live in our hearts.
Helen was preceded in death by her husband James W. Beach and her grandson, Jason Shelton.  She is survived by her daughter, Kay Moyer of Tonganoxie, KS, 3 step children of California, 1 grandchild, 2 great grand children, several nieces and nephews, a son Ken Shelton and her loyal beloved dog “Pepper”.
Cremation.  A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00AM, Saturday, January 10, 2015 at Willard Avenue Baptist Church, 3205 Willard Avenue, Kansas City, KS., 66106, with burial at a later date at Chapel Hill Cemetery.


  1. Saundra Pearson on January 4, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    Being the first Black female to be hired by GTE Sylvanian in Kansas City was not easy due to racial prejudices in the 1960’s but Helen made me feel welcomed and remained a very dear friend even after he retirement. I always either sent her a card or called to wish her a Happy Birthday on January 28. This year will send the wishes to another realm. Her kindness wil never be forgotten.

  2. Kate Kern (Cousin) on January 7, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    Dear Kay and Ken,
    So sorry to hear about your mom’s passing. She was such a sweet, kind lady. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Your cousin,

    Katie, (Kitty)

  3. Suzanne Clow on January 8, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    Kay you know I love you like my sister . Your mom even though we never got to meet face to face was just like my 2nd mom. I loved here dearly . Every moment of her last days you shared that with me and I’m just sorry I wasn’t here physically to help you . You gave the last 4 1/2 years of your moms life more love and comfort and care that truly confirmed why I love you so much and another reason why I love you as my sister . The comfort and the diginity and the peace you gave to your mom was above and beyond the call of duty from her daughter . You should be very proud . I know your mom loved you more than life and I know she was overwhelmed with the love and comfort you gave her all by yourself everyday!! You stopped your own personal life to be a caretaker to not only your momma , but your daddy and your aunt. God Bless you for this !! Your mother was so blessed to have always Been able to ALWAYS count on you ! I will miss your mom but no one will ever miss her as much as you . I love you so much. I pray God will give you as much comfort as you gave to your mom to help you heal with the loss of such a beautiful lady!
    I’ll always be here for you!
    Suzanne Clow (Sis)

  4. Gene & Helen Hayward on January 9, 2015 at 2:27 pm

    Kay: We are sorry to hear of your mother’s passing, and at the same time we rejoice that she is now with our Lord.
    We plan to be with you Saturday.
    Love: Gene & Helen Hayward

  5. Art Meade on January 13, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    Sometimes people leave this earth not knowing they were lovwed. Whats great is Aunt Helen knew how much I loved her while she was around. She was a big part of my life growing up; she was always available to talk to or go visit. Sweet lady I will truly miss you! You are with our Lord now no doubt about that.

  6. Marian L. Sarantha, WY on February 2, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    Dear Cuz,

    We drifted apart in later years but I remember our early closeness as kids and teenagers both at So 15th St and at Belinder Road. Picked up clue of your death on a Meade website and moved heaven and earth to find record of you. So very, very sorry to hear of your passing. My deep condolences to Kay and Ken. With love, Marian
    [Daughter of LeRoy and Gladys Fry Stewart, who was sister to Hazel]

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