Phyllis M. Beebe, March 31, 1909 - February 9, 2017

Phyllis M. Beebe

Phyllis Marguerite Beebe, 107, passed away February 9 at Dove Healthcare South Eau Claire. Phyllis was born on March 31, 1909 to Wesley, Sr. and Neva (Gilbertson) Hurst in the small town of Requa, WI that was located between Osseo and Augusta.

She graduated from high school in Annandale, Minnesota and attended Eau Claire Normal School, currently the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire. At her death, she was the oldest living graduate. After completing her two year teaching degree, she taught several years in Stanley, Wisconsin.

She married Thomas John Beebe, son of Dr. George W and Lula (Brown) Beebe on September 7, 1935. After raising three children she returned to college to complete a four year teaching degree in 1954. She subsequently taught English and speech many years in the secondary Eau Claire school system at both Memorial and North High Schools. She and her husband Tom enjoyed travel and camping with the family. She was a prolific knitter and seamstress creating many fine clothes for her family. After retirement in 1975 they had many wonderful winters in Tucson, AZ with their Avion trailer. She was a long time member of the Congregational Church in Eau Claire having joined during her early college days about 1926.

Phyllis was preceded in death by her husband, Tom, on February 15, 1994 and her four siblings, Pauline Gotta, Wesley, Jr., D.V. Hurst, and Ruth Abbott. She is survived by her children George (Donna), Thomas (Jean) and Susan (Rick Hansen) Beebe; Grandchildren, Karin, Eric (LeAnn), and Scott (Jessica Andreas) Beebe; Lisa (Larry) Whitehead, Dana Beebe, Jodi Noble, Todd and Jon Brown; and eight Great-grandchildren, Paige, Heather, and Megan Beebe, Kayla Whitehead and Shelby (Charles) Malia, Aaron Abernathy, Shane and Shanoah Noble, Luca, Nalia, Lucy and Eve Brown; and an upcoming August 2017 birth of her first Great-great-grandbaby, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Phyllis preferred memorials to the first Congregational United Church of Christ Eau Claire in lieu of flowers.

Funeral service will take place at 11 am on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 310 Broadway Street, Eau Claire, WI 54703. The Rev. Dr. Mark X. Pirazzini will officiate. Visitation will take place on Tuesday morning at the church from 10 am until the time of service. Burial will take place following the luncheon at the church (1:30 pm), in the Lakeview Cemetery in Eau Claire.

Friends and family may offer condolences online at

Fuller Speckien Hulke Funeral Home, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701 is assisting the family with the arrangements.


  1. janet quick sellers March 24, 2017

    my sympathy to mrs beebe's familyl. she lived a full and interesting life.. i recall that she taught me english for a full yr, and united states history. in my junior year... . i would say she was a very excellent teacher always prepared for every class and was
    ready to meet the challenges she was confronted with students in classes.. she really was a fine teacher and i will not ever forget her. and her kindness to students.. .

  2. Bob Bjerke March 2, 2017

    Mrs. Beebe was my 10th grade English teacher at then then new Memorial High. She was a bit frustrated with
    my book reports...all nuclear physics and rockets, but
    at least I read a lot of them! ..and have been retired from explosives science for 15 years now. Teaching is a most important profession and she was a good one. We are glad she led a full life with wonderful family.

  3. Lisa Gillette February 14, 2017

    To the family of Phyllis Beebe
    My sincere condolences on the passing of Mrs. Beebe. I will always remember her beautiful smile and happy heart. It was my honor and privilege to know her.
    Warm regards,
    Lisa Gillette

  4. Robin West February 14, 2017

    I didn't have the pleasure of knowing your mother, but I was so impressed to see she lived to be 107 years old!!! What an incredible blessing. I bet she had some amazing stories to tell after living for more than a century! My condolences for her loss! Her legacy and stories will live on in all of you.

  5. Karen Schick (Sletner) February 13, 2017

    To the family of Phyllis Beebe.
    Sorry for the loss of your mother. You are in my thoughts and prayers.


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