A retired teacher from both Broad Ripple and Lawrence Central High Schools, Elinor Rita (Randall) Beaman, 95, passed away quietly at home in the company of her family on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, two days short of her 96th birthday. Born in Indianapolis on March 30, 1921, she was the second child of Albert Vedder and Jessie Belle (Dye) Randall.
Elinor was passionate about English grammar; she taught more than one generation how to diagram sentences, and the derivation of words like “plutocrat.” She loved animals and word puzzles, practiced amateur photography for many years, and was a dedicated do-it-yourselfer, never happier than when working on some construction project around the house. She fed crowds of birds every winter, finished the basement as a playroom and bomb/tornado shelter, and mixed and formed vast quantities of concrete for various projects. Though she didn’t like to cook, she made an awesome peanut brittle.
She fondly remembered her students and was delighted when their paths crossed hers later in life. At Broad Ripple High School from the mid-1940s to 1956 and Lawrence Central High School from1966 to the mid-1980s, she taught English Grammar and Composition, Latin, and Greek and Latin Etymology. In the early ‘40s she briefly taught in Remington, Indiana. She was educated herself at School 70 and Shortridge High School, where she graduated in 1934 and 1938 respectively. At Butler University, she completed a BA in Classical Languages in 1942 and a MEd in 1966.
Her husband, Edgar Eugene (Gene) Beaman, was also a Broad Ripple High School teacher. They married June 19, 1949.
At the age of 90, Elinor moved from Indianapolis to Wilmington, Massachusetts, to be in an assisted living community near one of her daughters.
She is preceded in death by her husband Gene, her brother Albert Willis Randall Sr., and her nephew Paul Randall. She is survived by her daughters Margaret (David) Steup and Rebecca (Gary Maxwell) Beaman, her granddaughter Rosemary Steup, grandson Samuel Steup, and nephew Albert Willis Randall Jr. (Cynthia). All of us will sorely miss her.
Memorial gathering: Sunday, April 23, 2017, 1-2:30pm; Memorial service 2:30-3:00 pm, at Northminster Presbyterian Church, 1660 Kessler Boulevard East Drive, Indianapolis, Indiana. Burial: Monday, April 24, 10am, Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Indiana.