Caralee Beames

Caralee Beames, 90, of Mount Pleasant, died Sunday, January 9, 2022, at the Klein Center in West Burlington.

Caralee was born on August 31, 1931, in Clarinda, Iowa, the daughter of Veldie and Opal (Newman) Sunderman. She graduated from Mount Pleasant High School in 1949. On July 7, 1950, Caralee was united in marriage to Don Beames in Kahoka, Missouri. She worked at the Mount Pleasant Telephone Company for eight years. She worked at Candy Lane Preschool, Smitty’s Cleaners for 2 years, and subsequently, Caralee worked as a teller supervisor for Henry County Savings Bank, later renamed Firstar Bank, for 28 years, retiring in 1997.  Caralee was a longtime, devout member of the First Presbyterian Church since becoming a member in 1959. She was an elder, served on the Parish Life Committee and a member of the Presbyterian Women. Additionally, Caralee was a member of James Harlan Questers, Henry County Nature Society, South Center Club, JS Club, and San Souci Club.

Caralee is survived by her son Joseph and his wife Lisa, of West Burlington; three grandchildren, Emily (Nate) Hall, Honolulu, HI, Olivia (Adam) Winge, Iowa City, IA, and Don (Liz) Beams, West Branch, IA; and eight great-grandchildren, Tucker, Lena, and Edison Hall, Jaxon and Vivian Winge, Chase, Lila, and Charlie Beames.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and husband Don.

Funeral Service will be held Friday, January 14, 2022 at 10:30 AM at the First Presbyterian Church, with Pastor Trey Hegar officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Home Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday January 13, 2022 at Olson Powell Memorial Chapel from 1:00-7:00 PM with family present from 5:00-7:00 PM. A memorial fund has been established for First Presbyterian Church and Southeast Iowa Regional Hospice.