Rebecca Lynn Beard, 45, worked with children, developmentally disabled

Saturday, June 1, 2013 | 4:20 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Rebecca Lynn McNew Beard died Thursday, May 30, 2013. She was 45.

She was born July 5, 1967, in St. Louis, to Larry Lee and Karen Olga Eliason McNew. 

She married Jack Beard on Oct. 2, 1999, in Columbia. 

Mrs. Beard devoted her time to working with children and the developmentally disabled.

She was the owner of five pets and was a St. Louis Cardinals fan.

Mrs. Beard is survived by her husband, Jack; her mother, Karen; her two brothers, Larry McNew and his wife, Danna, of Pell City, Ala., and Jimmy McNew and his fiancee, Melissa, of Drury; and five nieces and nephews.

Her father, Larry McNew, died earlier. 

Visitation will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. Memorial services will follow at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Coyote Hill, 9501 W. Coyote Hill Road, Harrisburg, MO 65256.

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