Mother Louise I. Bethany, Beloved Saint, Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother and Sister transitioned into the arms of the Lord on October 5, 2021 after a brief illness at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center.
Mother Bethany was born to Lucille (Cooper) Beadin in the state of Mississippi on February 26, 1935. She began her journey with the Lord in Memphis, Tennessee during the 1950s. She was an avid reader of the Word of God as well as any book or magazine that emphasized health and wellness. She was a faithful “prayer warrior” committed to intercessory prayer from 8:00 pm through 9:00 pm daily.
Mother Bethany was a member of Elizabeth Memorial Church of God in Christ in the city of South Bend, Indiana for over 50 years. She was under the leadership of the late Pastor John Wilson, the late Pastor William H. Wilson and the present Pastor Joe Howard. She was found working, giving, cooking, and loving.
Mother Bethany’s service as a CNA at Cardinal Nursing Home began in 1966 and ended only due to her brief illness in August of 2021. She missed only 2 days of work throughout her 55 years of service. She received a National Senior Community Award for Certified Nursing Assistants in 2015 and the Senior Living Award as a Clinical Staff Member in 2017. She served through her hands, her heart and her endless generosity to many throughout her lifetime. From her cooked meals to her compassionate bedside manner at Cardinal Nursing Home, she never ceased in her service to others.
Mother Bethany was preceded in death by her mother, Lucille (Cooper) Beadin, her step-father, James Beadin and her two loving sons, Curtis J. Bethany, Sr. (Marilyn) and Stanley Bethany. She leaves to cherish her memory one brother, Robert Beadin (Betty) of Elkhart, IN and three sisters, Roslyn Thornton of South Bend, IN and Theresa Tresa Gardner of Cleveland, OH, and Carrie Kelly of Canton, MS; one daughter-in-law, Marilyn Bethany of South Bend, IN, and 3 beloved grandchildren, Robi Minies (Tracy) of Dallas, TX, Curtis Bethany, Jr. (Romona) of South Bend, IN, and Christopher Bethany of South Bend, IN; two great grandsons, Christian Minies and Alex Spielbauer of Dallas, TX, and one great granddaughter whom she adored, Terrae I. Bethany of South Bend, IN; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, neighbors, dedicated co-workers and cherished loved ones. She also leaves special friends: Colleen Reed, Rachel Macon, Robert Zimmerman, Stephanie Wheeler and Linda Maciejewski. Mother Louise I. Bethany will be sorely missed and lovingly remembered.