Zelda May Beth, age 97, a resident of Fort Scott, died Sunday, Aug. 30, 2009, at the Medicalodge.
She was born Nov. 16, 1911, in Nevada, Mo., the daughter of Foster O. Loy and Madge Eastland Loy.
Her parents later moved to Fort Scott where she graduated from the Fort Scott High School.
She married Norman Beth on May 3, 1931, in Nevada, Mo. Norman preceded Zelda in death on Oct. 18, 1999.
During her married life, they lived in Fort Scott, Erie, Mound City, Kan., and Hume, Mo.
Later they moved to Kentucky Lake near Paducah, where her husband was a commercial fisherman.
They returned to Erie, and back to Fort Scott in 1995.
Zelda was a zealous Christian, and was a member of the Temple Baptist Church, Erie, Kan.
She was an excellent seamstress, enjoyed crocheting, and worked with and raised birds and flowers. She also loved to fish.
She will be missed by many relatives and friends, including a nephew, David Galvin and wife Jan and family; and a nephew Larry Galvin and family.
Also surviving is a niece Meredith Runkle and husband Larry and family, a nephew Ellis Beth and wife Catherine and family, all of the Fort Scott area, and other nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Catherine Galvin, a brother, Tom Loy, and her grandparents, the Eastlands and the Abercrombies of Rich Hill, Mo.
Zelda requested cremation and a funeral is not planned at this time. Private family burial of the cremated remains will be at a later date.
Arrangements are under the directions of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, Fort Scott.