Nellie McLaughlin of Kingman passed away on Monday, March 7, 2005. She was 101. Born on Dec. 11, 1903, in Livingston County, Mo., to Theodore and Leona May Beaman, she was the oldest of five children. Her mother died when Nellie was nine, and she helped take care of her brothers and sisters until she went to live with a foster family. She married Wilbur McLaughlin in 1923 and had one child, Leona Bevan of Kingman, who survives her.
She was a lady of many talents. She taught school during the 1930s and was a dispatcher for Ellis Airlines, now part of Alaska Airlines, for bush pilots in the 1940s. She worked for many years as receptionist for an orthodontist in Santa Rosa, Calif., before moving to Kingman upon her retirement. She then worked at the hospital in admitting and became the resident horticulturist of African violets for the Pink Ladies’ Gift Shop. An avid photographer, she loved to process and print her own film for many years. Her needlework and sewing abilities were truly a work of art. She loved quilting and made many for her family. She was an avid reader and loved mysteries. Perhaps the one thing that her family found amazing was her avid love for the Diamondbacks and the poster of Randy Johnson she kept close to her bedside.
She is preceded in death by her parents; her siblings, Harvey Beaman, Howard Beaman, Ethel Caselman and Thelma Hartley. She is survived by her daughter, Leona Bevan of Kingman, as well as her four grandchildren, Jan and Dale Berridge of Prescott Valley, Craig and Kay Wilson of Burns, Ore., Rebecca and Larry Brooks of Kingman and Tim and Debra Wilson of Kingman. Twelve great grandchildren and eight great, great grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews, also survive her.
Following a private burial at Mountainview Cemetery, graveside memorial services will be held at 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 13. The family wishes to thank Hospice of Kingman and Jeri Williams and the staff at White Oaks Assisted Living Home for their care and concern during her last months. Donations in her memory may be made to Hospice of Kingman.