Paula I. Beck, 72


Paula Irene Beck, 72, of Witt, died on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, at 9:42 a.m. at HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.

There will be no services. Stiehl-Dawson Funeral Home in Nokomis is assisting the family.

Ms. Beck was born Dec. 15, 1948, in Marion, to Eldo Laverne and Pauline Frankie (Burroughs) Smith. Her companion of 30 years, Michael Dean Snyder, Sr., preceded her in death on Aug. 11, 2016.

She is survived by her children, Pamela Sue Scott of Witt; grandchildren, Jared Bess and Shania Bess; and her first great-grandchild on the way.

In addition to her companion, Ms. Beck was preceded in death by her parents; and siblings, Doris Stine, Laverne Smith and Raymond Lee Smith.

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