Beverly Watsabaugh

Beverly Watsabaugh


Beverly Jean Watsabaugh was born on Oct. 20, 1927, to William Andrew and Marie Mae (Warbinton) Swainey in her own home in rural Lucas County. She passed away on Sept. 16, 2018, at the Wayne County Hospital the age of 90 years.

Beverly grew up on her family farm in rural Lucas County. She attended and graduated from the Cambria High School. On March 30, 1946, she was united in marriage to Frank Harold Watsabaugh and to this union three children were born: Beth, Jon and Dawn. Beverly was a farmer’s wife and homemaker. She lived 51 years on a farm in Lucas County and 39 years in Chariton.

Beverly loved to crochet in her quiet time and she would provide literally hundreds of pieces, ranging from small doilies to large table coverings. She put much love into these beautifully crafted and detailed pieces of art. Many of her masterpieces were given as gifts and several remain in the family. Beverly had a true heart of a servant as she would much rather do the work than be in command. She was faithfully a dedicated wife and mother, always seeking to provide the needs of her family before her own.

Beverly was preceded in death by her parents, William and Marie Swainey; her husband, Frank Watsabaugh; her brother, Howards Swainey; and her nephew, David Swainey.

She is survived by her children: Beth (Jim) Sandy of Corydon, Jon (Diane) Watsabaugh of Des Moines, and Dawn Simon of West Des Moines; six grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, extended family and dear friends.

Services were held Sept. 21 at the Fielding Funeral Home located in Chariton with Pastor Paul Olson officiating. Interment was held in the Humeston Cemetery following services.

Special music was played by her granddaughter, Anna Kohler. Bearers were: Jim Sandy, Tanner Sandy, Ben Saunders, Evan Watsabaugh, Tyler Watsabaugh and Brandon Kohler. Honor bearers were: Steve Tuttle, George Pearson, Tim Hommer, Dick Dorothy, Chris Horton and Gary Swainey.

Memorials in Beverly’s honor may be directed to the First Baptist Church in Chariton, the family, and or the HCI Hospice Care Center. On-line condolences may be left at

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