Shirley M. Beas
Shirley Marilyn Beas, 89, of Lafayette, passed away on Monday, Feb. 10, at 1:13 p.m. because of natural causes.
Born March 25, 1930, in Cleveland, Ohio, she was the daughter of Ralph Rivers West and Mary Agnes West, both deceased. She graduated from West High School in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1948, and married Joseph Martin Beas on April 11, 1953.
They were married 53 years until his passing on Oct. 6, 2007.
She is survived by her five children, sons, Marty Beas (Nancy), of Kokomo and Michael T. Beas, of Carmel; daughters, Margaret A. Rethlake (Mark), of Greentown, Mary K. Beas (Coleman), of Lafayette, and Kristin Duchon (Jon) of Big Timber, Montana, 11 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
Shirley was happiest when getting to spend time with family. She also loved Purdue University athletics and for many years was a season-ticket holder for the home women's basketball games. Shirley also liked to collect Purdue-related memorabilia.
The family would also like to extend its appreciation to Creasy Springs Health Care Facility and Franciscan Hospice, both of Lafayette, for their loving care of Shirley.
There will be no funeral service, though the family wishes to thank family members and friends who visited and/or sent cards to Shirley during her illness.
Shirley was also an animal lover. She asked that all donations go to Tricia's Dog House No Kill Shelter, 8 S. 16th St., Lafayette, IN 47905. The shelter houses a variety of animals. The phone number is 765-742-2200. You may sign the guest book and leave memories at
Published on February 13, 2020


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Kevin Hardie
Feb 14, 2020
Always recall fond memories of Shirley and Joe, as well as all the children when we grew up on Conradt Ave. Sympathy to the Beas Family.
Debbie (Miller) Statton
Feb 14, 2020
So sorry for your loss. Prayers for you all during this time.