Beach Thurston, Margaret A. (Arnold) (October 22, 1920 - March 25, 2009)
Douglas Budget - April 8, 2009Funeral services for Margaret A. Thurston-Beach, 88, were held April 3 at Congregational United Church of Christ in Douglas with Rev. Carol A. Prochaska officiating.
Interment was in Douglas Park Cemetery.
Margaret Thurston-Beach died March 25, 2009, at Hospice of Arizona-Plaza Del Rio IPU in Peoria, Ariz.
She was born Oct. 22, 1920, in Alto Pass, Ill., the youngest of nine children to James William and Amanda (Hardin) Arnold. She was reared and educated in Alto Pass and graduated from Alto Pass High School in 1936. She attended business school in Terre Haute, Ind., for two years.
She worked all over the United States doing oil abstracting and came to Douglas in 1950. She met Francis Irving "Frank" Thurston in Douglas, and they were married on Sept. 11, 1950, in Raton, N.M. They were married for 51 years. She owned and operated Converse Land Title for 25 years, retiring in 1986.
She was active in the Douglas community, serving on many boards including the Planning and Zoning Commission, Douglas Community Club and Senior Citizens Board, and was active with the Democratic Party. She was a member of the Zonta Club, Zeta Master Beta Sigma Phi Soroity, and Congregational United Church of Chrit for more than 50 years and served on many committees. She enjoyed shopping for clothes, reading, cooking, crossword puzzles, horseback riding, traveling, playing bridge and golfing.
She married John Elwood Beach on Jan. 8, 2003, in Sun City, Ariz.
She is survived by her husband John E. Beach of Sun City; daughter Connie (Tim) Colman and their sons, Jordan Colman (16) and Jacob Colman (13); step-children John (Elaine), Grace, Janice, William (Peggy), Jan (Bruce) and Dick (Shirley); sisters-in-law Benji (Bill) Elder and Bernice (Tony) Armetta; "sister-cousin" Dorothe Willey; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Frank Thurston on Oct. 20, 2001; seven sisters; and one brother.
Serving as pallbearers were Jordan Colman, Jacob Colman, Mike Perrotti, William Beach, Don Criner and Tim Ricker.
A memorial to Douglas Senior Citizens Center, P.O. box 192, Douglas, WY 82633 or to Congregational United Church of Christ, P.O. Box 122, Douglas, would be appreciated by the family.
Gorman Funeral Homes-Converse Chapel of Douglas is in charge of the arrangements.