Mabel Irene Mills Wilson Beard age 97 of Portland passed away Friday, January 19, 2018 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Edgewood, Kentucky. She was born in Jay County May 14, 1920. Mrs. Beard is the daughter of Jesse Clyde and Nellie Alegra (Lea) Mills Sr. She was married October 15, 1938 to Arthur E. Wilson and he died July 28, 1982, she later married Gerald Beard in 1992 and he passed away in 2015.
She had worked at REMC and First National Bank. She was the only charter member left in the First Baptist Church that was organized in 1955. She was a member of the Past Matrons Club, Jay County Historical Society and member of the REMC bowling team from 1965 till 2006.
Surviving are two sons Arthur A. Wilson (wife Lavonne) of Independence, KY and Gerald W. Wilson (wife Dee) of Ramsure, NC, one step-son Robert L. Beard (wife Norma) of North Royalton, Ohio, Three grandchildren, Five great grandchildren, Five step-grandchildren and Four Step-great grandchildren
She was preceded in death by two sisters Mary Ann Caster and Helen Morningstar, three brothers Jesse Mills Jr., Dick Mills and Philip Mills and one grandson Joel David Wilson.
Funeral services will be Friday January 26, 2018 at 2:00 PM in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Dr. Ron Ross presiding. Burial will follow in the Claycomb Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 1:00 – 2:00 PM. Mrs. Beard's wishes were that memorials can be made to the Make A Wish Foundation in memory of her grandson Joel David Wilson.