SARANAC LAKE - Rita T. Beeman, 84, formerly of Saranac Lake, died Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, at the Home of the Good Shepherd in Malta.
Born in Gabriels on Feb. 12, 1928, she was the daughter of John and Dorcas, nee Osborne, Tyler. She married Chester L. Beeman on July 2, 1964, in Lake Placid.
Rita was a talented administrative assistant for three different medical offices in Saranac Lake. Doctors Belair, Hook and Taylor all appreciated her efficiency, pleasant manner and attention to detail. For more than 20 years, Rita volunteered at St. Joseph's Rehabilitation Center, where she was beloved by the residents for her tireless assistance, encouragement and inspiration. Throughout her life, Rita was a genius in the kitchen. Her love of the culinary arts filled tummies and delighted palates for decades. Rita's skill with needle and thread (as well as yarn) was extraordinary. She not only made clothing for her daughter Karen but also custom clothing for her dolls and creative crochet work (such as an entire Nativity scene!). She also lovingly fashioned custom monogrammed Christmas stockings for her grandchildren. They are still marveled at by all who see her works of love.
Rita was the loving mother of Karen Dickson (Robert) of Clifton Park and Gary Beeman (Vickie) of Winfield, Kan., and a devoted "Gramma" to Phillip Dickson (Kimberly) of Mechanicville and Matthew Dickson (Lorilee) of Melville. She enjoyed immensely her time with great-grandchildren Tyler and Rosalind (Phillip), Carlee and Anthony (Matthew), Xavier, Damien, Malique and Malasia (Gary). She is also survived by her niece Shelley Hayden, nee Tyler, (James) of Saranac Lake with whom she enjoyed a special relationship; her other nieces Shirley Hadley, nee Tyler, of Oswego; Barbara Landis, nee Tyler, (James) of Lancaster, Pa.; and nephew Thomas Tyler; as well as sister-in-law Eunice Tyler of Saranac Lake; and goddaughter Lorraine Kelly, nee Duprey, of Saranac Lake; and a beloved friend, Father Carmen Giuliano of Garrison.
Rita was predeceased by her husband Chet on Oct. 26, 2003. Her brothers John Tyler and Stanley Tyler also predeceased her, as did her beloved Boston terrier, Betsy.
Calling hours will take place at the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home, 20 Church St., Saranac Lake from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8. A memorial service will immediately follow at 3 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will take place in North Elba Cemetery on Old Military Road in Lake Placid.
Friends wishing to remember Rita may make memorial contributions to the Tri-Lakes Humane Society in care of the funeral home or St. Joseph's Addiction Treatment and Recovery Center, 159 Glenwood Drive, Saranac Lake, NY 12983. Family and friends can also share their memories and sign the online guest book at www.forutunekeoughfuneralhome.com.