Lillian Maude Beck Winslow

Honored by:Francine Lemke, Doug Winslow and Bonnie Winslow-Garvin
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Lillian Maude Beck Winslow was born on March 16, 1927, in Belle Plaine, Iowa, to Burdette and Jennie Beck. Being the oldest of six children, she often helped care for her younger brothers and sisters. She graduated from Belle Plaine High School as valedictorian of her class and like her grandfather, Arnold Koch, and her mother, Jennie Beck, she attended Iowa State College. She was there from 1945-1948 as a Food and Nutrition major. She then married Louis Winslow of Belle Plaine and became a full-time farm wife, homemaker and mother of three children. Together Louis and Lillian worked and sacrificed to make it possible for their three children to attend and graduate with degrees from Iowa State University. We, their children, thank them both for providing that opportunity for us. Mom's gentleness, kindness, patience and faith in God are examples in living that she models daily. She has a servant heart and a love for others that she has shown in the ways that she has shared her time, talents and resources while putting her own needs last. She has served on the Missions Committee at Christ United Methodist Church for 30 years and has been chairperson of that committee for 15 years. She has served as a Sunday School teacher and Bible School teacher, and played the piano for the church choir. She has been active in Eastern Star and Worthy Matron of that organization for 3 years and Associate Matron for 8 years. She was the Mother Advisor of Rainbow for 2 years. She has been a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution for 45 years. Nothing, however, is more important to Mom than her family, and some of our favorite childhood memories include listening to her play children's songs on the piano as we drifted off to sleep; wearing the Halloween costumes that she sewed; wonderful smells of waffles bacon or muffins wafting from the kitchen in the morning; the large garden that she and Dad always have and the lovely canned fruits and vegetables that she prepares for winter feasts; her arising early on winter mornings to warm the house before others got up and falling asleep reading us stories at the end of the day. We love and honor our mother for her devotion to her family and the many qualities that make her such a special person.