Velda Fern Beckham


February 2, 1932 – June 22, 2018

Velda Fern Beckham, 86, died on June 22nd, 2018 at her home in Toledo, Oregon. Her memorial service will be held at the Four Square Church, in Toledo, at 1:00 PM on Monday, July 2nd, 2018.

Fern was born February 2, 1932 in Wagoner, Oklahoma. Her parents were Corbon Pelham and Maudie Honeycutt. She moved, along with her 9 brothers and 1 sister to Rainier, Oregon when she was 3 years old. She married John "Jay" W Beckham in 1949. They resided in Rainier until 1957, when they moved to Toledo so Jay could help start up the Georgia Pacific Paper Mill. They raised 3 sons and 2 daughters. Fern worked for a time at West Coast Laundry in Newport, Oregon. Her last job was driving a school bus for the Lincoln County School District. Upon retirement Fern and Jay traveled to Indonesia for 2 years, to help start a paper mill, after which they remained in Toledo. They were both Master Gardeners and volunteered for Meals on Wheels. Fern had her card playing groups and joined them 2 or 3 times a week. Jay passed Feb. 2014. She married Ray
Wilder in July of 2014. Ray passed 18 months later.

Fern is survived by her five children: Ronnie Beckham, John Beckham, Pamela Beckham, Michael Beckham, and Susan Anderson and two of her brothers: Howard Pelham and Carl Pelham. Fern's extended family included 13 grand children, and 25 great grand children.

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