Susan Elaine Beason

Peoria – Susan Elaine Beason, 77, of Peoria, went to our Lord peacefully in the arms of her loving husband Don, Monday, February 12, 2018. Susan was born to Lee T. and Betty E. (Chapman) Clarke on October 20, 1940.

Susan a retired Methodist pastor, loved our Lord and after 25 years of suffering from metastatic breast cancer is now pain free.

Susan shared 49 years of marriage with her loving, caregiving husband Don. He was her rock.

She is survived by her husband; five children, Deana (Dennis) Dickerson, Dana Bauman, Donna (Steve) Allen, Darci (Reed) Overfelt, David (Daryll Smith) Bauman; adopted son, Bart Handley; and daughter of her heart, Jean (Marcus) Burkhead.

Susan’s grandchildren & great-grandchildren brought her so much joy. Near or far, she was always involved in their life, even if it was a call, text, or video chat. Those children are, Justin, Stacy & Tatum Bauman; Lawrence, Adriana (Rodriguez) & Max Spasojevich; Haleigh & Martin Viau; Matthew & Lauren (Diffenderfer) Dickerson; Paige Allen; Anne Burkhead; Audra Burkhead.

She is also survived by brother, David Clarke Sr., sister, Kath (Stan) Hurt.

Services will be at 5 PM on Friday, February 16, 2018 at Northwest United Methodist Church in Peoria. A visitation will be held at the church from 3-5 PM. Cremation rites will be accorded with Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton. Memorials can be made in Susan’s name to Illinois Cancer Care to be used for research of metastatic breast disease. To make online condolences you may go to

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11 Responses to Susan Elaine Beason

  1. Grandma Sue – We will always remember that special smile, that caring heart, that warm hug you always gave. Rest in peace, we love you. Justin, Stacy and Tatum

  2. Bix says:

    Don and Family,
    I am sorry to hear of the loss of your loving wife and mother. I remember Susan from doing Wesley Weekends and teen weekends. She was a lot of fun to be with.
    This is a hard time to go thru, but remember that she is now with her Lord and Savior.

  3. Don we are really sad to hear about your loss of Sue. Both of you played a big part in our faith life. We are in Florida for the winter.

  4. Larry Carroll says:

    Don, may the Lord you and Susan so faithfully served, comfort you now. Pause a moment to treasure the thousands of lives you two influenced through Wesley Weekend…including mine. I would not be who I am today if it weren’t for that weekend in Mossville so many years ago. Love you, my brother in Christ.

  5. Kara Potente says:

    I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Susan on multiple occasions. Great mother, grand mother and great grandmother. She was absolutely lovely and even opened her home to me during a snow storm when I could not get home. Wishing the family lots of love and prayers during this difficult time.

  6. Kara Potente says:

    Wishing Susan’s family lots of comfort and prayers during this difficult time. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Susan several times due to my friendship with her daughter Donna. Susan even opened her house to me during a snow storm when I could not get home. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  7. Brenda and Bob waldschmidt says:

    Dear Don, Bob and I are sorry to hear about Susan. You both were so faithful to the Lord that we know Susan has earned her angel wings. May you and your family feel the loving arms of Jesus embracing you. Peace, Love and Prayers Brenda & Bob Waldschmidt

  8. Vicky and Merle Turner says:

    David, we are so sorry about the loss of your Mother. May the many beautiful memories she left with you help you thru difficult times.

  9. Ken and Nicole Carter says:

    Donna and Family,
    Our deepest condolences on the loss of your mother. Nicole and I are praying for your comfort during this difficult time.

  10. Lenora Hardin says:

    I’m very sorry for the loss of Sue. Prayers are with you.

  11. Jean Graff says:

    My sympathy to you, Don. I remember Susan from Wesley Weekends and she was a lovely lady.

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