Peggy Charlene Beam


April 5, 1928 - Dec. 16, 2017

Peggy Charlene (Clark) Beam left this world on December 16th, 2017 at the age of 89. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Jim Clark and Larry Clark, and her husband of sixty five years, Donald Floyd Beam. She is survived by her children; Sherry (Rick) Prosa, Tim (Debbie) Beam, and Gary (Karin) Beam, eight grand-children and thirteen great grand-children.

Peggy was born April 5th, 1928 in Sutter Creek, California. She was the oldest of three children and the only daughter of Alpha and Charlie Clark. Her parents moved the family to Oregon when Peggy was four years old. She would spend the rest of her years in Oregon, the majority of it in Coos County. Even as a young child, Peggy showed strength, fortitude and determination. Living in rural Oregon without access to paved roads that could support a school bus, Peggy would board a riverboat at 5:30 each morning for the treacherous trip to school and again for the return trip, arriving home at 5:30 in the evening. She was a dedicated student, excelling in history, geography and reading. Naturally sociable, she made friendships that would span the course of her lifetime.

At fourteen she met Don Beam, the man who would become her husband. Charmed by his handsomeness and kind nature, they married when he returned from World War II. Peggy made a life as a wife, mother, grandmother, caretaker, bowler, snowmobiler, crafter, reader, current affairs and political aficionado and lover of birds, flowers, big band music, dancing and all things beautiful in nature (with the exception of snakes).

Peggy lived for her family and her family cherished her. All who knew her, and even those who only met her briefly couldn’t help but be captivated by Peggy’s warmth, sass, and intellect, often commenting on what a “kick” or “warm, funny, special” lady she was. She had an infectious laugh and wasn’t afraid to point out the “stupidest thing she ever saw” or remind you that life was short so “have a good time, honey.”

Peggy lived her life with a twinkle in her eye and a warm, welcoming smile framed in a bright shade of lipstick. She was beautiful inside and out, had a quick wit, a spirited sense of humor, and a remarkable memory. She was a pillar of strength for her family and fiercely sharp and passionate until the very end.

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Peggy came into the world ushered in by the scent of roses from her mother’s garden. She now rests again amongst the flowers in her mother’s arms.

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