Luella's Story

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Luella Irene (Shore) Bebout was born Sept. 7, 1916, in Lucas County.  She graduated from the Normal Training (teaching) program of Chariton High School in 1933, and from Drake University in 1962 with a B.A. earned through many night and summer school classes.  She taught in rural and town schools in Lucas, Marion, and Jasper counties from the 1930's to the 1970's. She met her husband, Worth Bebout, when he wrote her paychecks for Gosport School near Knoxville.  They were married at the Little Brown Church in 1941.  Their daughter Linda was born in 1948, and it was a source of great pride for Luella that Linda followed her mother and grandmother into teaching, as a professor of linguistics. After her retirement and Worth's death in 1978, she made a new life filled with family, world travel, bridge, and clubs, such as creative writing.  Her love of learning took her all the way into the computer age--she was an avid emailer well into her 90's.  She passed away in Clarke County Hospital two days after her 99th birthday. Luella was preceded in death by her husband, Worth; her sister, Eithel Gookin; and her brother Raymond.  She is survived by her daughter, Linda, and son-in-law, Bradford Arthur, of Windsor, Ontario, Canada; her sister, Aletha Feight, of Chariton; her sister, Elaine (Harley) Keeney, of Chariton; and her brother-in-law, Leland Gookin, of Fairfield. A Celebration of Life was held on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015, at 11 a.m. at Pierschbacher Funeral Home in Chariton. Family received friends prior to the service from 10-11 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment was at the Chariton Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Homestead Assisted Living. Condolences may be shared at www.pierschbacherfuneralhome.com
Published on  September 24, 2015
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