The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

January 19, 2013

LaRue E. (Herb) Beck, 84, Coal Township


The Daily Item

— COAL TOWNSHIP — LaRue E. (Herb) Beck, 84, of 1212 W. Fern St., formerly of Ranshaw, was called to her Lord and Savior on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at 5 a.m., surrounded by her husband and children, the loves of her life.

LaRue was born Jan. 25, 1928, in Shamokin, a daughter of the late Gurney and Maude (Morgan) Herb.

She was a member of the Shamokin High School, Class of 1946. After high school she attended the University of Virginia at Norfolk where she earned a degree as a para professional. LaRue also took great pleasure in working as a ship to shore operator for Bell Telephone.

LaRue dedicated her life to serving the community of Shamokin. She belonged to many organizations and committees. She was chairman of the Pennsylvania (Northwest) Unity Committee from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; chairman of the Pennsylvania Commission on Human Rights, Harrisburg; chairman of the Northumberland County Recreational Commission-Parks and Facilities Committee; and chairman of the Northumberland County Board of Assistance. She was recommended by Senator Edward Helfrick and served on the board for 18 years. LaRue served as secretary/Treasurer of the Advisory Board and Choir Director  at the Northwestern Academy; as president of the Ranshaw Civic Association for 21 years; president of the Brady Friendship Club for 13 years; was Republican Committee Woman for Ranshaw and served as Judge of Elections from 1998 to 2011.

LaRue was a volunteer for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Humane Society, and the National Association of Lung Disease. In 1996, she was given the designation of Bronze Leader by the Disabled American Veterans for outstanding devotion and generosity.

LaRue taught summer session classes at Lycoming College on Parliamentary Procedure. She also taught remedial reading and remedial math from 1976 to 1980 at the Shamokin Area School District.

LaRue served for 16 years on the Shamokin Area School Board earning the respect and support of her colleagues and friends. She held the positions of president, vice president and treasurer.

LaRue often said that her greatest joy was the 53 years she served in the P.T.A. She truly loved working with and for the children of the Shamokin area. She represented Pennsylvania at 37 P.T.A. state conventions and 11 P.T.A. national conventions. LaRue won many awards during her service with the P.T.A. Her greatest achievement was receiving the National P.T.A.’s highest honor, the “Child Advocacy Award”, the first given in Pennsylvania, for devotion to the care and welfare of all children.

LaRue loved to travel, having visited Jerusalem, Bethlehem, North Africa and Hawaii.

LaRue is survived by her husband of 58 years, Jack Beck, whom together they had six children; Carolyn (Beck( Drumheller, of New Ringgold, Robert F. Beck, of Shamokin, Barbara A. (Beck) Masteller, of Bloomsburg, Deborah K. Beck, of Shamokin, Treina (Beck) Mariano, of Coal Township, and John H. Beck, of Danville; 14 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one sister, Leona (Herb) Bogus, of Oxford; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters, Leroy Herb, Gurney Herb, Jay Herb, Marcella Herb and Treina (Herb) Magennis.

A visitation will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, followed by the funeral at 11, at First United Methodist Church, 102 E. Sunbury St., Shamokin, with the Rev. Zachery Hopple officiating.

Burial will be in Northumberland Memorial Park, Stonington.

The immediate family will provide flowers. Donations may be made to First United Methodist Church, 102 E. Sunbury St., Shamokin, PA 17872, or to those wishing to make a monetary contribution to the LaRue Beck Scholarship Fund, please make checks payable to Shamokin Area School District-LaRue Beck Scholarship Fund, 200 W. State St., Coal Township, PA 17866.

Arrangements are by the Farrow Funeral Home, Sixth and Chestnut streets, Shamokin.