Shirley Mae Beck

April 9, 1937January 16, 2021

Shirley Mae Beck, age 83, of Coshocton, passed away on Saturday, January 16, 2021. She was born on April 9, 1937, in Cochran, Georgia to the late Harrison and Hattie (Hook) Beck.

She work for Columbus & Southern for many years and was a member of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, she was also part of the Phillis Wheatley for African American Woman’s group. Shirley loved helping others; she enjoyed singing, and playing cards, but most of all she loved spending time with her family. Shirley will be deeply missed by everyone that knew and loved her.

She is survived by her four children, Duane (Tammy) Means of Elyria, Ohio, Heleen Christian of Augusta, Georgia, Jessica Means of Atlanta, Georgia and Nicole Means of Greensboro, North Carolina; 14 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, three sisters, Margaret Harris of Michigan, Betty Martin of Dayton, Ohio and Mamie Ivory of Florida; family friend Marcella Swain of Virginia and dear special friend, Jacinta Earley Tucker of Dennison, Ohio.

Along with her parents, Shirley is preceded in death by her three brothers, Adrian, Homer and Roger and her sister, Daisy Mae.

Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, January 26, 2021, from 10:00 am to 11:00 am at Given-Dawson-Paisley Funeral Home in Coshocton. Due to health and safety concerns related to COVID-19, social distancing measures will be in place and there will be a limited number of people inside the funeral home at a time. We also ask that you please wear a facemask at all times for the health and safety of our guests and employees.

Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday at 11:00 am with Pastor Cedric Anderson officiating. For those not able to attend, there will be a Facebook Live stream on the Funeral Home’s Facebook page. Burial will follow at South Lawn Cemetery.

For those who wish, memorial donations may be made in Shirley’s name to Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, 404 S. 7th St., Coshocton, OH 43812 or to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave. Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601.

An online memorial can be viewed at


  • Calling Hours

    Tuesday, January 26, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, January 26, 2021


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Michelle Laverne

February 8, 2021

Aunt Shirley Beck,

I miss you so much. I remember you were so nicest to me because I was only deaf child in the family. I remembered that I always excited go to your house for holidays and of course to see everybody. I’m so glad that you had chance to met my 3 sons. They love you and miss you so much. 🤟🏿🤟🏿🤟🏿🤟🏿🤟🏿

From The Laverne Family (aka Michele Martin, Betty and the late John Martin’s last baby daughter)

Allan Arnold

January 24, 2021

I worked around Shirly all the time she worked for the power plant. She was one of the sweetest and most cheerful people I have ever known to be around. She will brighten Heaven!

Sandy Jennings

January 24, 2021

Shirley worked with my husband Old man Dave at AEP and she was my friend when she 1st husband worked with mine we would talk for hours on the phone she always called Sandra. A great friend saw she at nursing home she remembered me but her memory was slipping good to talk with her will miss her