Beth's Story

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N. Beth Overdeer McCurley, 87, Columbia City, died Tuesday, May 23, 2017, at the home of her niece, Dorothy DeWitt, in Logansport.
She was born May 25, 1929 in Carroll County, near Delphi, Indiana, a daughter of Benjamin Charles and Eva Mae (Bryan) Hook. At the age of three, her family moved north of Idaville, where she attended school for 11 years. In the summer of 1946, her family moved near Metea and she graduated from Metea High School in 1947. She then moved north of Etna.
Beth worked at the County Extension Office for two years.
On Oct. 9, 1949, she was united in marriage to Robert Overdeer. They owned and operated the Overdeer Printing Press until Bob's death in 1981.
In 1984 she moved to Hartwell, Georgia, until returning to Columbia City in 2005.
She was a founding member of the Faith Lutheran Church in Hartwell and was also a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Columbia City. An avid bird watcher and concerned about saving habitat for wildlife, Beth was also a member of the National Audobon Society, Indiana Audobon Society and National Wildlife Federation.
Surviving relatives include nieces, Charlotte Swafford, Judy Voges, Gwendolyn Gore, Deanna Nevitt and Dorothy Dewitt; and nephews, Tom Hook, Terry Hook, Danny Hook and Jim Hook.
Three brothers, Charles Hook, Keith Hook and Melvin Dean Hook, preceded her in death.
The funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 27, at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. Burial will be in Eberhard Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the time of service Saturday at the funeral home.
Preferred memorials are to Acres Inc. or Guardian Angel Hospice Foundation.
Online condolences may be sent to www.smithandsonsfuneralhome.com.
Published on May 24, 2017
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