Princeton --- Beverly Esterday-Beams Piper, 80, of 324 Coleita Court, Princeton, died Monday, June 12, 2006, at her home.

Born Sept. 24, 1926, in Princeton to Herman and Margaret (Bryant) Esterday, she married H. Orville Piper May 5, 1945, in the chapel of Camp Maxey, Paris, Texas. He died May 3, 2006.

She graduated from Princeton High School in 1944. She worked for 37 years at Harper-Wyman Co. in Princeton and the Green River Ordnance Plant during World War II.

She was a member of the Hampshire Colony Congregational Church in Princeton, directed the choir and taught Sunday school.

Survivors include one daughter, Deborah (Paul) Giampolo of Windsor, Conn.; one son, Dave Piper of Princeton; one sister, Sharon Libby of Colorado; one brother, Kent Beams; her dad, Stanton Beams; six grandchildren, Griffin Piper, Nick Oertel and Mike Oertel, all of Princeton, and Taylor Wanggaard, Jordan Wanggaard and Anthony Giampolo, all of Windsor, Conn.; nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Norm Vandermoon.

She was also preceded in death by one brother, Lee Beams and her mother, Margaret Beams.

Services will be at 12:30 p.m. today, Thursday, in the Hampshire Colony Congregational Church, Princeton, with the Revs. Jack Stites and Laura Root officiating. Burial will be in Elm Lawn Memorial Park, Princeton.

Visitation was held Wednesday in the Norberg Memorial Home, Princeton.

Memorials may be directed to the Hampshire Colony Congregational Church or the Princeton Church of the Nazarene. 

(Bureau County Republican, Princeton, Bureau, Illinois, Thursday, June 15, 2006, page 5A, submitted by Shirley Beams Simmons)




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