Marie  Beaton
Marie Beaton

May 27, 1917 - June 11, 2018
Resided in Urbandale, Iowa
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Marie Catherine Beaton, 101, passed away peacefully Monday, June 11, 2018, surrounded by her three devoted children, at the Deerfield Health Center in Urbandale, Iowa.

Marie was born in 1917 to Anton and Catherine Goeser in Neola, Iowa. In 1938 she graduated from nursing school in Council Bluffs Iowa. Soon thereafter she began working as an RN in Fort Custer, Michigan where she met her future husband Don Beaton. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor she joined the Navy and shipped out to North Africa where she worked in field hospitals treating the wounded from the Normandy Invasion of World War II. She later transferred to Naples, Italy. Serving in Italy was one of the highlights of her life and one of her most memorable experiences during her time there was an audience with Pope Pius the XXII. When the war ended she was transferred back to the United States where she served the remainder of her naval career as a lieutenant at The Naval Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland.

In 1948 Marie and Don were married at the Naval Ordinance Chapel in Washington DC. They traveled extensively throughout the US and abroad. Marie was an avid bridge player and gardener. She enjoyed visiting with her many friends, neighbors and relatives.

She will be forever remembered for living her powerful Catholic faith and her devotion to the Blessed Mother through her daily recitation of the rosary. She was actively involved in The Cursillo movement for many years and participated in other church activities especially the Alter and Rosary Society. She was also a member of the Retired Military Officers Association

All who knew her admired Marie for selfless, stoic and pragmatic nature and were in awe of her sharp mind, amazing memory, quick wit and wry sense of humor. Numerous friends and neighbors made it possible for her to stay in her own home until she was nearly 100 years old. The family is especially grateful for Virginia North for her loving friendship to mom.

Marie will be deeply missed by her loving family; her three surviving children - Rodger Beaton, Mary Beaton and Barbara Muir, her six Grandchildren - John Muir, Jeff Muir, Jason Muir, Jared Muir, Zoe Frassetto, and Gloria Houston, and her great granddaughter - Ellie Harper Muir.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Don Beaton, her infant daughter Donna Marie, and her siblings Urban Goeser, Joseph Goeser, Gerald Goeser, Bernice Ronk, and Betty Hansen.


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Westover Funeral Home
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA US 50322
Friday, June 15, 2018
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Mass of Christian Burial
St. Pius X Catholic Church
3663 66th Street
Urbandale, IA US 50322
Saturday, June 16, 2018
10:30 AM
Resthaven Cemetery
801 19th Street
West Des Moines, IA 50265
Saturday, June 16, 2018
1:00 PM


St. Pius X Catholic Church
3663 66th Street
Urbandale, IA US 50322