Shirley Jean Beck was born August 29, 1929, at Ethan, SD, to John and Nan (Medworth) Pierson. She attended school at Ethan and graduated from Mitchell High School in 1947. She worked at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, IA, for eight years. On June 9, 1961, she married Keith Beck, at Marion, IA. For sixteen years she worked at Randall’s in Mitchell, and was the site manager for Nutrition Meals at Wesley Acres. She was a member of New Home Lutheran Church, the Moose Lodge, American Legion Auxiliary and VFW Auxiliary.
She is survived by one brother, John Pierson and wife, Jan of Sioux Falls, SD; four sisters: Jody Gast and husband, Val of Aurora, CO, Donna Kaufmann of Glendale, AZ, Carol Melton of Durant, MS, Audrey Heidinger and husband, Wendal of Rapid City and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Keith, one brother, Ron Pierson, a sister, Phyllis Moody, an infant sister, Mary Lou Pierson and a stepson, Ricky Beck.