Sept. 25, 1992-April 10, 2012
SLAYTON - Services for Kelly Jean Beech, 19, of Slayton will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Currie. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. today at the IHM Church in Currie, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation will also be one hour prior to the services at the church on Saturday. Burial will be at St. Ann's Cemetery in Slayton. Totzke Funeral Home of Slayton is entrusted with arrangements.
She died Tuesday, April 10, 2012, at her home in Slayton.
Kelly Beech was born Sept. 25, 1992, in Slayton to Mark and Nancy Kellen Beech. Kelly grew up on a homestead near Slayton. Kelly attended Slayton Elementary School through sixth grade and then attended Murray County Central High School through 12th grade. Kelly then ventured out, attending Winona State University in Winona. Kelly excelled in school, receiving awards in spelling bees, first place in science fair, academic achievement awards, was on the A+ honor roll numerous times and received awards for volleyball and Knowledge Bowl. She also excelled at archery. Kelly was a member of the Badger Lake 4-H Club and received many awards for her exhibits. She went to the Minnesota State Fair and competed at the state level many times receiving purple and blue ribbons. Kelly loved spending time with her family and friends. She was an artist, and she loved to spend time sketching and painting, and doing crafts and needle art. Kelly adopted numerous stray animals and spent much of her time with horses, dogs, cats and her 4-H animals. Kelly also adored children.
Kelly's survived by her parents, Mark and Nancy Beech; her two brothers, Scott Beech and Nathan Beech; her maternal grandmother, Meredith Kellen; paternal grandfather, Paul Henry Beech; maternal aunts and uncles, Michael and Cheryl Kellen, Diane and Charles Ernstes, Steve and Diane Kellen, Duane and Alice Kellen, Julie Kellen, Valerie and Jimmy George, David and Brenda Kellen, Gary and Nichole Kellen and Laurie and Kris Wortley; paternal aunts and uncles, Candace Beech, Cindy and Del Determan, Paul and Gail Beech, Steven and Elaine Beech, Cathrine and Michael DeMars; 40 cousins; and many, many friends.
Kelly was preceded in death by her paternal grandmother, Norma Jean Beech, and her maternal grandfather, Albert Kellen.