Beatrice Foster Burch

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October 22, 1921 – October 24, 2018


Beatrice Foster Burch, 97, of Cameron, MO passed away October 24, 2018. She was born October 22, 1921 in Sioux Falls. Her mother, Lena Louisa Riemath, married Randolph Scheel in 1925 and they had a son Gerald. Lena passed away suddenly in 1932.

Beatrice was sent to live with her aunt, Anna Maria Frederica Riemath, who was married to James Ramsey Adair and had two sons, James “Jiggs” Adair, and Ramsey Adair. Beatrice went through a dramatic change from a wealthy merchant’s home in the city of Yankton to the hardscrabble coal mining town of Firesteel. She left her little brother behind. Beatrice graduated from Timber Lake High School in 1941. She worked as a librarian and for the draft office during World War II.


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