Patricia Ellen Beard 87, of Eagle, passed away Sunday, September 20, 2020, peacefully at home following a lengthy illness surrounded by loving family members.
Patricia was born to John Cook and Hannah (Pedersen) Cook on October 22, 1932 in Dingle, Id. She was the sixth of seven children, three brothers and three sisters. After graduating from Montpelier High School in 1951, she eventually moved to Boise where she worked at a local drug store. There she met her husband, Alan “Sam” Beard and in time married at his parent’s home in Star, Idaho on August 1, 1953. In 1963 they moved with their 4 children to a 2-acre property near Star, ID where they built their permanent home. Pat retired from Merrill’s Egg farm where she was a book keeper. Pat was a devoted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints where she served in various organizations, including the Boise Temple. Her passions were camping, yard work, baking, and most of all being surrounded by her family. In 1992 her husband Alan passed away leaving her a widow. Pat enjoyed being a wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. She made her home a safe haven for 3 generations of family and all those who came there. She left a legacy of service, sacrifice and instilled those qualities into her 4 children. Pat exuded of patience and humor to the end of her life.
Patricia is proceeded in death by her husband, Alan Beard, five siblings, and her great-granddaughter Madalynn Snyder.
She leaves behind four children: Cathy (Jim) Rhodes, Sheryl (Michael) Melander, Sandra Quinn, and James (Lisa) Beard; as well as 16 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren. The family would like to say a special thank you to the staff at Heart ’n Home Hospice for their excellent love and care of Patricia for the length of her illness.
On Saturday, September 26, 2020, there will be a private graveside service for family only. Following the ceremony there will be an open house for friends and family from 5 to 7 pm at Patricia’s home, 6209 West State Street, Eagle, Idaho.
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