Patricia “Patty” Ann Beaird, 74, of Keokuk, passed away on Sunday, March 14, 2021, at Blessing Hospital in Quincy, Illinois.
Patty was born on September 4, 1946, in West Point, Iowa, the daughter of Harry and Louise (Buechel) Vorwaldt. She graduated from high school in 1964 and later earned her associate’s degree. Patty married David Patrick Beaird on August 26, 1967, in West Point. She was a medical lab technician at Keokuk Area Hospital for 45 years and a member of the American Society for Clinical Pathology.
Patty thoroughly enjoyed flower gardening as well as her indoor flowers, going to antique and second-hand stores and especially treasured time spent with her family and grandchildren.
She served on the State of Iowa Victim’s Impact Panel and was a foster parent for several years.
Patty is survived by two sons: Patrick (Becky) Beaird and Jason (Jenny) Beaird; granddaughters Alaina (Nabih) Beaird and Abbey Beaird; grandson Jacob Beaird; sister-in-law Ruth Vorwaldt; two nephews, Leroy (Peggy) Vorwaldt and John (Melissa) Vorwaldt and two great-nephews, Dustin (Amber) Vorwaldt and Joshua Vorwaldt.
Patty is preceded in death by her parents, her daughter Rebecca Lynn Beaird, and brother Melvin Vorwaldt.
Patty’s life will be celebrated with a funeral service at 2:30 pm on Friday, March 19, 2021, at DeJong-Greaves-Printy Funeral Home in Keokuk with burial to follow in the Catholic section of Oakland Cemetery in Keokuk. For those unable to attend, the funeral will be livestreamed on Patty’s obituary page at www.dejongsfuneral home.com. Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 18, from 2-7 pm, with family meeting friends from 5-7 pm at the funeral home.
Memorials may be directed to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation or donor’s choice.
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