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Jean Karen Beasley Obituary

Jean Karen Beasley
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“Miss Dressler (she will always be that to me) was the absolute best teacher I've ever had. She made learning fun and made you want to learn, which is...Read More »
1 of 52 | Posted by: Debbie Minor Wilson - WV

“Dear Dr. Beasley and family, Our deepest sympathy to you and your girls. She was such a kind and thoughtful person. She will be sorely missed...Read More »
2 of 52 | Posted by: Nancy and Donnie Niles - SC

“Dr. Beasley, I just learned of Mrs. Beasley's death. I am so sorry for your loss. I met her only a few times but was struck by her kindness and...Read More »
3 of 52 | Posted by: Jessica Shifflett Farrish

“Jerry and family: Pam told me about the passing of Jean. I am so sorry that you have lost this amazing woman. I remember with thankfulness your...Read More »
4 of 52 | Posted by: Larry Parsons - Buckhannon, WV

“For over 11 years I lived right beside the Dressler family in the West End of Hinton. Jean was a dear friend, a sharp classmate, band member...Read More »
5 of 52 | Posted by: Dr. Paul A. Carmean - Morgantown, WV

“Mr. Beasley, Heather, Sarah, and Leah, I was saddened to hear of your loss. Jean, as well as all of you, are the most dearest and sweetest people...Read More »
6 of 52 | Posted by: Dorthy (Metz) Dunning - FL

“Beasley Family - We are so sadden by the loss of Jean. Jean was a wonderful person full of integrity, love and compassion. She will be missed by...Read More »
7 of 52 | Posted by: Jessica Wojick - Rochester, NY

“Dear Jerry and Family, While attending "Low Country", a Concord University Alumni affair in North Myrtle Beach, SC, on September 22, 2012, it was...Read More »
8 of 52 | Posted by: Ron and Lee Keiser - DE - Friend

“Dear Jerry, Sorry to hear your news.(a FtL/WVa friend saw it in the Charleston paper). Our thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family! ”
9 of 52 | Posted by: Lynn Hutchison Williams - VA

“Dear Jerry, I am so sorry to hear about Jennie. I will miss our little visits when the two of you would be at your camp at Brooks and I would be at...Read More »
10 of 52 | Posted by: Reva Seldomridge - Arlington, VA

“To the Beasley family, I'm really sorry to learn of your loss of Jean. I will always remember the good times over the year's when our children swam...Read More »
11 of 52 | Posted by: Sandy Stump - Princeton, WV

“Dear Jerry and Family, I cannot tell you how much I am saddened by Jean's death. She was a genuinely kind and caring woman who I always enjoyed...Read More »
12 of 52 | Posted by: Omar Kassem - Princeton, WV

“Jerry and family, I was so saddened to hear of Jeanie's passing when Tom Fitzsimmons told me. At our last reunion, I was so happy to see both of...Read More »
13 of 52 | Posted by: Jane (Thompson) Kelley - TN

“I have found memories of Jeanie,and the Dressler family from my youth. So sorry to hear of her death. Charles told me. Wish they had brought me up...Read More »
14 of 52 | Posted by: Anna Marie Carmean - Greenville, SC

“Dr. Beasley, Please accept my heartfelt sympathy for your great loss. Your wife, +Jean, was indeed an exceptional human being. I read her obit with...Read More »
15 of 52 | Posted by: Ginny Chryssikos - Bluefield, WV

“Jerry - We just learned of Jean's passing and we wanr you to know how much we have admired you both down the years. We hope that you and the girls...Read More »
16 of 52 | Posted by: Sally and Don Richardson - WV

“Dr. Beasley and Daughters, Jean made a difference in my life every time I encountered her. She always uttered a quiet word of encouragement or held a...Read More »
17 of 52 | Posted by: Jennifer Aliff Huckaby - Clinton, TN

“I'm sorry Jerry. ”
18 of 52 | Posted by: Jill Zegeer Dunn

“Dear Beasleys: I am so sorry for your loss. Heather, your mom touched the lives of countless people. Though I only got to meet her a few times...Read More »
19 of 52 | Posted by: Peter Dolina - Durham, NC

“Dr. Beasley, Heather, Sarah, and Leah, Mrs. Beasley was a wonderful woman and will truly be missed. Everyone on the basketball, volleyball, and...Read More »
20 of 52 | Posted by: Pamela Meadows Patterson - NC

“Jerry and family, Stan & I would like to express our sympathy and prayers to all of you at this sad time. I remember when Jean was a lovely...Read More »
21 of 52 | Posted by: Vicky Maddy - Hinton, WV - Friend

“JEAN WAS A WONDERFUL CHRISTIAN LADY. HAVE KNOWN HER SINCE AGE 4..NEVER SAW HER MADE OR BE ANGRY..NEVER SAW HER BE UNKIND TO OR ABOUT ANYONE. GOD...Read More »
22 of 52 | Posted by: BONNIE S (CHEWNING) YOUNG - WV

“The Pine Trees Alumni Chapter expresses sincere condolences to the Beasley family . She was a valued member who gave so much of herself to the...Read More »
23 of 52 | Posted by: Pine Trees Alumni Chapter - WV

“JERRY AND FAMILY WE ARE SO SADDENED BY YOUR LOSS AS WE ATTEMPT TO EMPATHIZE WITH ALL THE FEELINGS THAT YOU ARE EXPERIENCING. WE ALL KNOW THAT NOW...Read More »
24 of 52 | Posted by: WM BARRY MARTIN - hurricane, WV

“Being one of two girls from Pipestem who were very inexperienced newcomers to the Hinton High School Majorette Line, Jeannie was always encouraging...Read More »
25 of 52 | Posted by: Shelia Mould Whittington - WV

“Jerry and family: I regret that I cannot be there in person to share my sympathy with Concord's first family. You have been and will continue to...Read More »
26 of 52 | Posted by: Nerissa Young - Huntington, WV

“I'm deeply saddened to hear of Jeannie's passing. She epitomized life... and lived it to the fullest. I was a couple years younger than she, and...Read More »
27 of 52 | Posted by: Peggy (Lowe) Gessler - Canonsburg, PA

“Jeannie will always be a good memory for me as she was someone I really looked up to while in high school. She was smart, good looking and so nice...Read More »
28 of 52 | Posted by: Mark Hannah - Ashland, MD

“Jerry and family, We were shocked today to read in the Beckely paper of Jeanie's passing. Growing up, up the hill, from all of the Dresslers was...Read More »
29 of 52 | Posted by: Larry and Phyllis Deeds - Conway, SC

“Mrs. Bealsey was a gentle and amazing woman. I enjoyed getting to know her while working at Concord. Her smile could light up a room. She will be...Read More »
30 of 52 | Posted by: Lora and David Woolwine - Athens , WV

“Dr. Beasley and girls, We are so saddened by the loss of a truly special person. Although it has been several years since visiting with you,...Read More »
31 of 52 | Posted by: Danny & Ricki Green - Buckhannon, WV

“It's with a heavy heart that I learned of Jeanne's passing. What a lovley, kind, extrordinary LADY she was. My sister and I were younger Harford...Read More »
32 of 52 | Posted by: Sarah Harford Baley Bullus - FL

“Having lived next door to the Dressler family on Temple St we really appreciated Jean,Connie and Kloris Ann. Our sincere condolences to Jeans...Read More »
33 of 52 | Posted by: Charles Carmean - China Grove, NC

“I always enjoyed the friendship and the intellectual contact with Jean Beasley. She was so easy to talk with, on any topic from child-raising to...Read More »
34 of 52 | Posted by: Larry J. Austin - Alexandria, VA

“Though it has been a long time since I have seen any of them, the Beasley family has been a large part of my life, from elementary school on past my...Read More »
35 of 52 | Posted by: Keith Griffith - China Grove, NC

“Dear Dr. Beasley and family, We were saddened to hear of Jean's passing. Jean was such a sweet and wonderful woman and we never saw her without...Read More »
36 of 52 | Posted by: John and Amy Chapman - OH

“We would like to express our deepest sympathies for this devastating loss. Jeannie held a very special place in my heart. Know that you have been,...Read More »
37 of 52 | Posted by: Elaine Garten and Family - Hinton, WV

“Dr. Beasley and Family, It was with great sorrow that we learned of you and your families loss. You are in out thoughts and prayers. Your wife...Read More »
38 of 52 | Posted by: Roger Griffith - Ronceverte, WV

“Dear Jerry and girls, Today I play music in Lewisburg, and it's unlikely that I will be back in time for visiting, but I wanted to tell you that I...Read More »
39 of 52 | Posted by: Betty Blatt - Athens, WV - friend

“Jeannie and I played tenor sax together in the high school band. Later we teamed up with Rinda Yancey to form a trio, The Summers Three. I will...Read More »
40 of 52 | Posted by: Carol Angell Nuter - Morehead, KY

“Family of Jean Beasley, I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Jean on the steering committee for hospice and our children went to school...Read More »
41 of 52 | Posted by: Judy and Randy Bolton - WV

“Dear Jerry and Sarah We are so sorry about the loss of Jean. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Be well. Carolyn and Jammy ”
42 of 52 | Posted by: Carolyn and Sudhakar R jamkhandi - WV

“Having been born in Hinton I truely glad to have known all members of the Dressler family. Connie was one of my brother's best friends. Kloris was a...Read More »
43 of 52 | Posted by: Bob Mazzella - Hinton, WV

“I was very saddened to hear that Mrs. Beasley died. I remember her as a most gracious and kind lady and a great mom during Mr. Beasley's tenure as...Read More »
44 of 52 | Posted by: Jan Teagarden - Waynesburg, PA

“.a beautiful lady with a most extraordinary heart...I admired and respected her...Jean, may you rest in peace...love and blessings to Dr. Beasley...Read More »
45 of 52 | Posted by: Anita Moody - Bluefield, VA

“The Richmond family extends their deepest sympathy over the loss of Jean. Earth's loss is certainly Heaven's gain. She was a beautiful lady who...Read More »
46 of 52 | Posted by: Nancy Briers Richmond - Hinton, WV

“My deepest sympathy to Jerry and Connie and their families. I grew up with the Beasleys and the Dresslers in the West End, and have many fond...Read More »
47 of 52 | Posted by: Sue Huffman Leitch - VA - Friend

“Jeanie was like a sister and she spent alot of time with my family. She well be missed and my prayers go out to jerry and family ”
48 of 52 | Posted by: Joe Goins - Hinton, WV - Friend

“Love you cousin. ”
49 of 52 | Posted by: Vicki Fink Rose - Montgomery, WV

“I grew up with Jeeannie in the West End and attended church together and many youth retreats as well as spending time with Jeannie- and friends from...Read More »
50 of 52 | Posted by: sDonna Massie Duncan - Hinton, WV

“The news of Jean's passing saddened us deeply. I enjoyed my time on the Women's Commission with Jean. She was full of so much knowledge, and was so...Read More »
51 of 52 | Posted by: Mary Jane and Tom Farmer - WV

“Jerry& Family So So Sorry to learn of Jeans death. We offer our sincere sympathy and you all will be in our prayers. ”
52 of 52 | Posted by: Mike & Anita Eades - Princeton, WV


Jean Karen Dressler Beasley died on September 19th at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center at 4:09 am. Born on January 17, 1947, at home in the West End of Hinton, WV, she was the daughter of the late William Edward Dressler and Virginia Clotille Harford Dressler. Her father was a railroader; her mother, a homemaker. Her brother, William C. Dressler, MD, her late sister Dr. Kloris Ann McCormick, and Jean were the valedictorians of their graduating classes at Hinton High School. Jean continued her education at Marshall University and graduated in 1969, one of three summa cum laude graduates in her class. After teaching Latin and English at Shepherdstown (WV) High School and serving one year as a college counselor for the West Virginia Board of Regents, she completed her studies at West Virginia University School of Law in 1975. As an editor of the Law Review she authored an article that contributed significantly to the compensation of survivors of the Buffalo Creek disaster and to a fundamental change in state law. Jean believed that being a good mother, wife, and friend required great love, imagination, patience, and willing work, every minute, day, and year for a lifetime. Her three daughters—Heather Lauren, Sarah Elizabeth, and Leah Ellen—and husband, Jerry, were the grateful beneficiaries of her love-in-action and faith that eventually spread outside the family to her church, the Concord and Athens communities, and to the state of West Virginia. A practical believer in common sense, she devoted meticulous care to everything she did. Joyfully sewing, cooking, gardening, drawing and designing, singing and playing the piano were rewarding ways she spent time. She also liked reading, researching, writing, and editing. And, she gave willingly of these talents to countless people and organizations, never too many at one time but a considerable number over her lifetime. Although her reading was diverse, the Bible was Jean's principal source of inspiration and guidance; her commentary on reading it fills five notebooks. Yet, her faith was sufficiently deep and wide to embrace people of other faith traditions and all who are genuinely searching for ultimate meaning in their lives. She attended Riverview Chapel in Hinton as a girl; Concord United Methodist Church for the past twenty-seven years where she was the "temporary" piano player for four years, a choir member, and chair of the pastor parish relations committee. A member of the Concord Interfaith Chapel Foundation Board, she assisted in the design of and fundraising for the Wilkes Family Chapel that stands now on the Concord campus. Jean's local affiliations reflected a desire to grow a better community. She served as president of the Mercer County Academic Boosters, chair of the Athens-Concord Town Social Committee, a member of the Athens Tree Board, the American Association of University Women, and the Pine Trees Chapter of the Concord Alumni Association. She was a founding member of the local hospice organization and wrote its certificate of need to gain authorization by the state. She judged spelling bees and social studies fairs, and joined others in planting flowers and trees in the Athens Town Park. She taught and mentored numerous college students at Concord University, West Virginia Wesleyan, and Waynesburg College. She expressed many of these interests as a member of several state boards and commissions. As a governor-appointed member of the West Virginia Women's Commission, Jean helped edit and publish profiles of exemplary women in our state's history. She was a member of the West Virginia Faculty Merit Foundation and the West Virginia Humanities Council. In addition to her loving husband and daughters, Jean is survived by her brother, William Conrad Dressler, and his wife, Wanda Dressler, and their children, Laurie, Debby, Susan, and Matthew; her brother- and sister-in-law, Philip and Mary Beasley and their children and spouses, Michelle and Eric Williams, and Brad and Erin Beasley; her nephews Grant and Jeff Aldridge; her sons-in-law, Peter McIntyre (Heather), Thomas McKenna (Sarah), and Joshua Wojick (Leah); and her new grandson, Maxwell Beasley Wojick (Leah and Josh). Gifts in her memory can be made to the Concord University Foundation scholarships, Town of Athens Flower Fund, Jean Dressler Beasley Fund of the Hinton Area Foundation, or the Concord United Methodist Church. A service to celebrate the life of Jean Beasley will be held Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 11:00 AM from the Concord United Methodist Church in Athens with the Reverend Greg Godwin officiating. Burial will follow in the Restwood Memorial Gardens in Hinton. The family will receive friends at the Memorial Funeral Directory on the Athens Road in Princeton Friday evening from 5PM until 8PM.

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