Beatrice Gaskill Obituary

Beatrice L. Gaskill
Beatrice L. Gaskill
Beatrice L. Gaskill

August 30, 1905 - October 31, 2005
Born in Valley Junction, IA
Resided in Des Moines, IA
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Beatrice Lurene Good Gaskill, 100, passed away Monday, October 31, 2005 at Hospice Kavanagh House in Des Moines. She had been in the Stuart Care Center for the last three years, but was a longtime resident of Urbandale. She joins her beloved daughter, Winnifred Gaskill Brokaw, who died August 8, 2005; as well as her husband, William Gaskill; sister Doris Spalding; and brother Merl Carleton Good. Those left to mourn her passing are her son, Gilbert Gaskill of West Des Moines; grandchildren, Kathryn Gaskill of West Des Moines, William (Judy) Gaskill of Union, Kentucky, Patricia (Bill) Condon of Des Moines, and Eric Brokaw of Stuart; five great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Gaskill was a member of Immanuel United Methodist Church since its inception in 1942. She sang in the choir for more than 60 years. She served tirelessly in various capacities in the Lydia Circle, Woman's Society of Christian Service and Wesleyan Service Guild and served as a historian for her church. She was a lifetime member of Acanthus Chapter Eastern Star, Legion Auxiliary, Urbandale Historical Society, Iowa Genealogical Society and Des Moines Stamp Club. She was an avid gardener, and stamp collector, and her favorite times were traveling with her husband all over the country in search of their family roots.

Beatrice Good was born in Valley Junction August 30, 1905. She lived in Dallas County, then attended Simpson College and earned a teaching certificate. Her first teaching job was in Corwith where she met her husband. They lived in Corwith for a time, then moved to Algona, Des Moines, and Waukee before settling in Urbandale.

Mrs. Gaskill came from a long line of pioneers, including her great-grandfather, Charles Henry Good who came to Des Moines in 1849 and gave Good Park to the city; great-uncles, Daniel Chambers Bishard who was the only Polk County survivor of Andersonville prison during the Civil War and Moses Harrison Bishard, who started Plain Talk, a weekly newspaper in Des Moines. Her great-grandmother was Charlotte Chambers Bishard who was a cousin to John Chambers, governor of the Iowa Territory 1841-1845.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday, November 4, 2005 at Immanuel United Methodist Church. Visitation will be 4 to 6p.m. Thursday, November 3 at Dunn's Funeral Home. Interment will be at Woodland cemetery. Memorials may be contributed to Immanuel United Methodist Church.





Dunn's Funeral Home
2121 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50312
Thursday, November 3, 2005
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Immanuel United Methodist Church
2900 - 49th
Des Moines, IA 50310
Friday, November 4, 2005
10:00 AM
Woodland Cemetery
Woodland & MLK
Des Moines, IA US 50312
Friday, November 4, 2005


Immanuel United Methodist Church
2900 49th Street
Des Moines, IA US 50310