Eleanor Jeanne (Kirby) Beyer

August 10, 1934August 5, 2017

Eleanor Jeanne (Kirby) Beyer, 82, of Normal, died on Saturday (August 5, 2017) at Heritage Health in Bloomington surrounded by her family. She is survived by her husband, Robert E. Beyer, Normal; Steven Beyer (Laurie), Bloomington; Robert K. Beyer (Jackie), Bloomington; grandsons Scott Beyer and Daniel Beyer, and step-grandchildren Abbey Verfurth and Glen Verfurth. Eleanor was born on August 10, 1934 in Bloomington, IL, the daughter of Emmett and Margaret (Rae) Kirby. She was preceded in death by her parents and her two brothers, Oliver (Jeanne) Kirby and Robert (Mae) Kirby. Emmett Kirby was a long-time teacher at Bloomington High School, where he founded the Aepix yearbook and Aegis newspaper. Eleanor was very proud of her brother Oliver, who served in Army Intelligence during WW2 and is honored in the NSA Hall of Fame in Washington, D.C. Eleanor attended Bloomington High School, and graduated in 1952 as class Valedictorian. She then attended Florida State University, where she was a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, graduating cum laude in 1956. She married Robert E. Beyer in October of 1956 at Chapel By the Sea in Clearwater, Florida. She and Robert enjoyed 60 beautiful years of marriage. Eleanor was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She worked at State Farm Insurance early in her career as an Education and Training Coordinator and spent the remainder of her time as a homemaker. She also served as an Elder at St. Luke Union Church in Bloomington, and was a president of the McLean County Chapter of the PTA in the 1970’s. She was an avid reader of all things, a life-long Cubs fan who truly enjoyed their World Series title in 2016, and she was proud of her staunch conservative values. A private graveside service will be held at East Lawn Memorial Gardens in Bloomington. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the American Heart Association or American Cancer Society would be appreciated. Condolences may be made to


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M James

August 23, 2017

I am so sorry for your loss may God bring comfort to the family at this time.

Iris Caines

August 11, 2017

To The Family of Eleanor Beyer, I was so sorry to see that Ellie, as I knew her, had passed away. Some years ago, we all lived in the same neighborhood off Jersey, Roland, Ethel Parkway, and Kathleen. I got to know Ellie through playing Bridge with a lot of us neighbors. She was such a lovely, caring person. She will be missed. A friend from years ago.

Beverly Bratcher

August 10, 2017

I met Eleanor on my visit recently and had the pleasure to meet her husband, Robert, and other family members. The love in Eleanor's room was genuine and you could feel the warmth of everyone. My God bless Eleanor and comfort her family with love. - Beverly, OSF Hospice Volunteer

August 7, 2017

Out of touch, but never forgotten
Our Sympathy,
Jim and Paula Hargrave
(GTE Friends)

American Heart Association

August 6, 2017

May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you and your family, today and always.