Beth A. Mortimer age 94, a resident of At Home Again, Columbus passed away on Monday, November 11, 2013. She was born on December 28, 1918 in Wonewoc to Earl and Grace (Spoor) Lawsha. Beth graduated from UW-LaCrosse with a degree in Elementary Education.
She was married to Duane “Dick” Mortimer in Wonewoc in 1943. At the conclusion of World War II, they moved to Platteville where Dick completed his undergraduate schooling before moving to Columbus. She later attended UW-Madison, UW-Whitewater, Edgewood College and Colorado College in Colorado Springs, CO. Beth taught elementary education in Beloit, Mauston, Lancaster and kindergarten in Fall River. Beth loved the beauty of nature which she shared with her family.
It was a joy for her to go to Audubon or wildlife camps and Door County with her family and grandchildren. She derived much pleasure from music and enjoyed a good game of Bridge with her many friends. Beth was one of the original volunteers with the Columbus Life Line program and served with her husband on the board of directors for the Wisconsin-UP Michigan district of Kiwanis International. She was a member of the Columbus United Methodist Church and UMW.
Survivors include her husband, Dick of Columbus; two daughters, Jane (John) McGill of Highland Village, TX and Sue (Doug) Erlacher of Mequon; five grandchildren, Christopher (Kari) McGill and their children Lukas and Katelyn, Craig (Julie) McGill and their children Isabella and Breckin, Stephanie McGill Broyles, Greylen Erlacher and Tory Erlacher; other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Helen Steffen; her step-mother, Kate (Mill) Lawsha.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11:00 A.M. with visitation beginning at 9:30 A.M. on Saturday, November 16, 2013 at the COLUMBUS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 222 S. Dickason Blvd., Columbus. Pastor Jim Cotter will officiate. Inurnment will be in Hillside Cemetery at a later date.
Memorials may be directed to the Fall River School kindergarten, Columbus Community Hospital, At Home Again in Columbus, Continental Manor/Golden Living Center in Randolph, Columbus United Methodist Church, or the charity of one’s choice.
We wish to express our sincere thanks to the Poser doctors for their many years of faithful care of Beth. We appreciate the excellent care given to her by the staff of both Continental Manor and At Home Again.