June 18, 2015 at 11:52 a.m.
Diana Sue (McEachern) Bean passed away Tuesday, June 9, 2015 after a long fight with ovarian cancer. She was at her Florida home with her daughter Robi, husband, Bob and parents; Harold and Vernita McEachern at her side.
Diana was born October, 2, 1947 in Centerville, Iowa to Harold “Mac” and Vernita (Grimes) McEachern. Harold worked for Hy-Vee Food Stores and the family moved several times before returning to Centerville. Diana graduated from Centerville High School in 1965 and attended Stevens College in Columbia, MO. She was united in marriage to Robert S. Bean, Jr. on November 27, 1966 in the United Methodist Church in Centerville. She was employed by the Iowa Selective Service Board at Fort Des Moines at the time of her marriage. The couple made their home in Des Moines and later in Fairfield, Iowa. Their daughter, Robilyn, was born in Fairfield in 1973. In 1985, the family moved to Menahga, MN, where Bob was the elementary school principal and Diana worked for the United Methodist Church and later National Farmers Union Insurance.
In 1992, they settled in Lindstrom, MN. Bob was an elementary school principal and Diana worked first in Insurance and then for Hazelden in Center City, MN. After retirement in 2003, the couple moved to Bemidji and for the last several years have wintered in Ft. Myers, Florida.
Diana had a knack for making friends no matter where they lived. During their time in Fairfield, she and Bob enjoyed golfing, playing bridge, being a PEO member and being members of the First Presbyterian Church. In Menahga, she was a member of the United Methodist Church, enjoyed time at their lake cabin on Leech Lake and more golfing. She enjoyed her “Coffee Cuties” in Lindstrom and she treasured her times with the “GF’s” in Bemidji. Diana enjoyed traveling, reading magazines, collecting craft projects; her family and friends. Diana had a zest for life and fun and more often than not, a gathering with her ended in dancing!
Diana is survived by her husband of 48 years; her parents, Harold and Vernita of Ft. Myers, Florida; her mother-in-law, Frances Bean of Storm Lake, Iowa and her daughter Robi, and son-in-law, Ray Bowman, and her grandchildren, Ryan and Emma Bowman all of Morris, Minnesota; brothers-in-law, John Romoser of Ft. Myers, Florida, Rich (Patty) Bean of Dubuque, Iowa, Roger (Deb) Bean of Ames, Iowa, Rodney (Trish) Bean of Urbandale, Iowa, Randy (Susan) Bean of Battle Creek, Iowa and Ron (Julie) Bean of Sioux Falls, SD, and several nieces and nephews, cousins and great friends who will miss her kindness, hugs and friendship.
Pedersen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, family prefers memorials to Sanford Health Foundation of Bemidji, Cancer Center Fund, Courage Cottage, Morris, Minnesota or Hope Hospice of Ft. Myers, Florida.
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