Eleanor Ann Beals


MENDOTA - Eleanor Ann Beals, 89, of Mendota passed away Aug. 10, 2020 at Heritage Health, Mendota.

Cremation rites have been accorded. There will be no visitation or services and burial will take place at Restland Cemetery, Mendota at a future date. Merritt Funeral Home of Mendota is handling the arrangements.

Ann was born May 25, 1931 in Monmouth to Herbert and Eleanor (Wichelman) Jebens. She married Robert “Bob” Beals in Dixon on June 29, 1951 after meeting him when they were students at the University of Iowa. He preceded her in death in 1979.

Survivors include two children, Patrick (Holly) Beals of Mendota and Melissa Beals of Murchison, New Zealand.

She was preceded in death by her husband and one brother, Herbert “Hap” Jebens, Jr. in 2017.

Ann was proud to work for the Mendota Elementary School District over parts of four decades as a secretary at both Blackstone and Lincoln Schools before her retirement in 1996. She was a nature lover and especially enjoyed bird watching and seeing the eagles at the Illinois River by Starved Rock. She attended numerous athletic contests over the years, first supporting teams coached by her husband and in later years, teams coached by her son. She also attended many games and events that her children participated in.

Memorials may be directed to Illinois Valley Animal Rescue at P.O. Box 284, Peru, IL 61354.