Erma Marie Beard, 94, died Sept. 21, 2011, at the Parkway Nursing Home in Stuart, Fla.


     Erma Marie Beard, 94, died Sept. 21, 2011, at the Parkway Nursing Home in Stuart, Fla.
     She was born Sept. 14, 1917, in Model, Colo., to John E. and Lena (Reed) Millett Sr.
She was a longtime Minneola resident. She and her late husband, Clair, started an IGA store in Minneola. They also owned a drug store.
     On Aug. 16, 1935, she married James Clair Beard at Sterling. He died Aug. 16, 1998.
     She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and one brother, Edgar Millett.
She is survived by a son, James A. "Tony" Beard and wife, Diane, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; a daughter, Dixie Posey and husband, Mack, of Indiantown, Fla.; a brother, John Millett Jr. of Minneola; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
     Graveside service will be at 10 a.m. today at the Appleton Township Cemetery near Minneola, with the Rev. Rip Ryherd officiating.
     There will be no public visitation hours.
     Memorials may be made to the Minneola Public Library in care of Minnis Mortuary, PO Box 459, Minneola, KS 67865.