Beulah Dohner

Beulah DohnerBeulah M. Dohner, 92, of Astoria died at 9:45 a.m. March 8, 2009, at Culbertson Memorial Hospital LTC in Rushville.

She was born Nov. 6, 1916, in Astoria, a daughter of Addison S. and Ada B. Bowman Gibble. She married Robert S. Dohner on Sept. 15, 1940, in Astoria. He died Oct. 1, 2007.

She also was preceded in death by two brothers, Stauffer and Russell Gibble; one niece, Leola Hartman Wilson; and one nephew, Michael Garrabrant.

Surviving are two daughters, Marilyn (and Garry) Johnson of Macomb and Martha (and Lee) Fillingham of Cuba; two sons, David Dohner of Vermont and Mark Dohner of Ipava; two sisters, Grace Gibble Hartman of Macomb and Frances Gibble Wright of Wabash, Ind.; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and 11 nieces and nephews.

She graduated from Astoria High School in 1934 and worked as a live-in cook in Beardstown and Macomb, and also as an office clerk at Sears in Chicago before marrying Robert in 1940. In 1940, they began farming in the Astoria/Vermont area, buying their first farm from Beulah’s parents in 1949 after having farmed for three years on the “Mercer place,” two years on the “Hardin place,” and three years on the “Emmor Nelson place.” They lived on the “Gibble place” until 1957 when they moved to the “Ellison place” outside of Vermont where they lived for 30 years, moving from there in 1987 to their Astoria “retirement” home.

She also was a seamstress.

She was actively involved in community activities as a member of Astoria Church of the Brethren (she often cooked for the annual love feast and contributed foods on a regular basis for occasions at the church), as a member of the Jolly Neighbor’s Club and an active participant in her children’s and grandchildren’s school and other activities.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Grace Bible Church in Astoria with Pastor Gary Schultz officiating. Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria. Burial will be in Astoria cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Grace Bible Church, Astoria Rescue Squad or Culbertson Memorial Hospital.


Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 3/11/2009