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DU QUOIN — Martha “Pete” Bean, 97, of Du Quoin, formerly of De Soto, passed away on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Du Quoin.

She was born on Tuesday, March 8, 1921, in East St. Louis, to George Raymond and Emma Victoria (Lorentz) Hess.

Pete married Tyrus W. Bean in 1945 and spent many wonderful years together until his passing on Aug. 17, 1990. Pete loved taking care of her family, friends and had an incredible talent for crocheting. It was a hobby and way of making people feel special when she made numerous crocheted items to give away all over Southern Illinois. These were handmade gifts that countless individuals will treasure in celebration of their life’s milestones. Pete was a long standing member of the Mount Calvary Lutheran Church in De Soto who was loved and will be truly missed by many. Among her many life’s accomplishments she had also worked several years at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.

Pete is survived by her son, Charles (Janet) Bean of Du Quoin; three grandchildren, Rusty Biggs of Carbondale, Corrie Iubelt of Newburgh, Indiana, and John Bean of Du Quoin; three great grandchildren; four great- stepgrandchildren; three great-great-stepgrandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Tyrus; sister, Georgia Lybarger; sons, Bruce and George Bean; and and stepgrandson, Tyler Iubelt.

Services for Pete will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 19, in Meredith Funeral Home, Carbondale, with the Rev. Joe Wagner officiating. Burial will follow in De Soto City Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 19, at the funeral home.

Memorials are the preferred form of remembrance and may be made to Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis organization (ALS) and select charitable organizations of the donor’s choice. Envelopes will be provided and accepted at the funeral home.

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