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Nadine Jessie (Paulson) Beck

November 30, 1920 ~ March 22, 2018 (age 97)

Nadine Jessie (Paulson) Beck November 30, 1920 - March 22, 2018. Nadine Jessie Beck died on Thursday, March 22 of natural causes at the age of 97. Nadine was the oldest of 5 children born to Bernice and Archie Paulson on November 30, 1920 in the small town of Skidmore, Missouri. Archie was a farmer and moved his family back to Montana in the spring of 1937. Archie and Bernice had met in Ronan as children and both had family in Ronan in 1937. Nadine attended high school in Ronan and graduated in 1938 from Ronan High. It was while in school that she met John Wilson Beck, her future husband. They were married on October 20, 1940. John and Nadine moved to Portland, Oregon in November of 1940. Nadine attended business college and John worked and attended night school at Benson Polytechnic, where he received his journeyman’s license. At the beginning of World War II, Nadine worked at Kaiser Shipyard until joining John, who had enlisted and was stationed at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey. Nadine worked for the government and followed John to other locations until he was shipped to the South Pacific. Nadine returned to her parents’ home in Montana. After John’s discharge from the Army Air Corp, they moved back to Portland and eventually ended up in Canby in March of 1948. There they established Beck Electric, with a store and contracting business. John and Nadine were married for 67 years and had three children: Sandra, Rodney and Peggy. They had 5 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. John and Nadine retired in 1981. They traveled in their motorhome and were also able to travel overseas and on several cruises. Nadine was a member of the International Order of Rainbow girls and enjoyed 10 years as tour director, planning trips to cities all across the US every summer. She retired as Grand Deputy Emeritus in 2006. Nadine was also active in Daughters of the Nile and Eastern Star. Nadine was buried on April 3rd in a private family graveside service at Zion Memorial Cemetery in Canby. She will be missed by family and friends. Donations in her memory can be made to Shriners Hospital for Children.

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