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Lubertha Mae "Beth" Meydrech

Lubertha Mae “Beth” Meydrech passed away at the E. Dene Moore Nursing Home in Rifle surrounded by her family on Oct. 11, 2005. She was 82.

She was born May 23, 1923, in George, Iowa, to John Degraaf and Bertha Barbaa. She spent her childhood in Iowa and graduated from Morning Side College in Sioux City, Iowa.

Beth met her husband, Lee Meydrech, at the Art Institute in Chicago, shortly after World War II, where she was a teacher and Lee was a student. Lee was looking for the girl of his dreams and he found her in Beth. On Sept. 27, 1947, they were married in George. They have lived in Colorado since 1981. He survives.

Mrs. Meydrech taught sixth grade in public schools. She was a member of Grace Bible Church in Parachute, Stone Croft ministries from 1975-1995, various women’s clubs and the Iowa State and Colorado Teachers’ Associations.

Mrs. Meydrech lived a very low-key life. She loved her music and was both a pianist and organist in her churches. She played for the Christian Women’s Club in Parachute/Battlement Mesa. She was a beloved mother, sister, wife and grandmother and a friend to many people.

Her favorite verse was, “Her children will rise up and call her blessed.”

Survivors include her husband of 58 years, Lee, of Parachute; son Paul (Claudia) Meydrech, of New Jersey; daughters Donna (Tom)Smith, of Parachute, and Lynn Link, of Glenwood Springs; sister Barbara (Marvin) Holstrom, of Sioux Falls, Iowa; 10 grandchildren and many dear friends. She was loved by all.

Mrs. Meydrech is preceded in death by her sisters Jo Ann Stout and Dorothy Roskam; and a brother, John DeGraff.

There will be a memorial service at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Grace Bible Church in Parachute. Pastor Charlie Hornick will officiate.

Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Bible Church, 0755 Spencer Parkway, Parachute, CO 81635. Rifle Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.

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