Mary Elizabeth “Beth” Lane of St. James passed away Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at her home in St. James, MO after bravely battling cancer for 13 years. She was 70 years of age.
Beth, the daughter of the Hunter Campbell and Margaret Inez (Blakenship) McClure, was born March 17, 1950 in Lake City, Iowa. She was united in marriage to Marvin Douglas Lane on December 12, 1970 in Webb City, MO; and to this union, two children were born: Kimberly Michelle and Kevin Douglas.
She is survived by her husband, Doug of the home; son, Kevin Douglas Lane of Rogersville, MO; daughter, Kimberly and husband, Scott of St. James; five grandchildren: Noah, Luke, Micah, and Jonah Bartle and Nathan Lane; sister-in-law, Susan of Fort Scott, Kansas; brother-in-law, John Lane and his wife Paula and nieces and nephews along with a host of friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Hunter and Margaret and one brother, Kenneth Ray McClure.
Beth graduated from Webb City Schools. After graduating from high school, she attended Missouri Southern College. For many years, Beth was employed as a devoted secretary. Most recently, she worked for The State Historical Society of Missouri in the Rolla Research Room, located on the campus of S & T. She thoroughly enjoyed her work there; she had the opportunity to meet a number of individuals in helping research historical collections. She retired in 2017.
Her many interests included: sewing, cooking, crafts, scrap booking, reading, singing, cake decorating, and camping. She enjoyed traveling, especially to Colorado and the Smokey Mountains. She enjoyed writing skits for church production. She always attended her grandsons’ sporting events; she was their loudest cheerleader.
Beth touched many lives as a pastor’s wife. She served in many capacities in churches where Doug pastored as song leader, teacher, women’s missions, children’s church, AWANA and VBS director.
She was a faithful member of First Baptist Church in St. James.
A Celebration of Life will be at 6:00 p.m. Saturday August 29, 2020 at the First Baptist Church in St. James, where Beth will lie in state. Pallbears will be Kevin Lane, Scott Bartle, Noah Bartle, Luke Bartle, Micah Bartle and Jonah Bartle.
Funeral Service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Sunday August 30, 2020 at the Jones Funeral Home in St. James with Jerry Bauman and Jerry Williams officiating. A private burial of the Ashes will be at the Miles Cemetery on September 13, 2020. The First Baptist Church Quartet will sing with Janet Ashley playing the panio.
In Lieu of flowers the family has requested memorials to Samaritan's Purse.
All arrangement are under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home in St. James..
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