Dorothy Beighley, 1920-2016

Published 9:41 am Friday, April 8, 2016

Memorial services for Dorothy J. Beighley, 95, of Albert Lea will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at United Methodist Church. The Rev. John Mitchem will officiate. Interment will be at Hillcrest Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church. Online condolences are welcome at

Dorothy died Wednesday, April 6, 2016, at Oak Park Place in Albert Lea.

Dorothy Beighley

Dorothy Beighley

Dorothy June Beighley was born July 21, 1920, in Hayward, the daughter of Bennie and Lela (Jackson) Thompson. She grew up in Hayward and attended country school. Dorothy married Elvin Beighley on Jan. 14, 1938, in Mason City. She was a cook in grade schools and worked at Mrs. Gerry’s. Dorothy attended United Methodist Church, where she was a member of the circle. She enjoyed baking, dancing with her husband, playing rummy, watching the Minnesota Twins and playing bingo. She also volunteered at Good Samaritan Society of Albert Lea.  Everyone looked up to Dorothy, who served as the matriarch of her large family. She was nominated for Mother of the Year in the 1950s.

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Dorothy is survived by her 10 children, Roy (Nancy) Beighley, Joanne Hanson, Judy (Rodger) Luksik, Dean (Debbie) Beighley, Jack (Ruth) Beighley, Dan (Debbie) Beighley, Terry Beighley, Mick (Jane) Beighley, Tim (Angie) Beighley and Penny (Brad) Mellum; 27 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; 15 great-great-grandchildren; sister, Harriet Heckes; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Elvin; her parents; sisters Lorraine Trae and Marvel Fair; daughter-in-law, Linda Beighley; grandson, Travis Beighley; granddaughters Rachael and Crystal Beighley in infancy; and sons-in-law Lyle Johnson and Hody Hanson.

The family would like to thank the staff of Oak Park Place for their wonderful care. She will be sadly missed by her family.