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Jean Wiley Beard

Hanover, N.H. — Jean Wiley Beard, age 92, born Aug. 17, 1921, of Hanover, died Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013. She was the daughter of the late John Harold Wiley and Florence Keesey Wiley of Wilmington, Delaware.

Mrs. Beard was a graduate of the University of Delaware and the U.S. Army Physical Therapy Training Program. She served as an officer in the Women’s Medical Specialists Corps during World War II.

Following her discharge from the U.S. Army, Mrs. Beard was staff physical therapist for Crippled Children’s Services of the Delaware State Board of Health, and the Governor Bacon Health Center in Delaware. In 1959 she resigned as Executive Director of United Cerebral Palsy of Delaware County, Pennsylvania to accept the principalship of the John G. Leach School, for orthopedically handicapped in New Castle, Delaware-a position she held for 20 years.

During her years working for various causes concerning the physically handicapped, Mrs. Beard served on numerous boards of directors of health and education agencies in Delaware and Delaware County, Pa.

She is survived by several nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and two great-great nephews.

Mrs. Beard has been a member of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Hanover since 1985, serving as director of the altar guild, assistant treasurer, and coordinator of the acolytes.

Following her retirement to Grafton, N.H. in 1979, Mrs. Beard developed an interest in the Enfield Shaker Museum in Enfield, N.H. and supported a number of volunteer activities there. Since 1980, she has been a member of a local rug hooking group which brought her much enjoyment.

A memorial service will be held at St. Thomas Church on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013 at 11 a.m. Graveside services will be held in Delaware at a later date.

In lieu of flowers it is suggested that contributions be made to the Enfield Shaker Museum, Route 4-A, Enfield, NH 03748 or the Cadbury Fund, Kendal at Hanover, 80 Lyme Rd. Hanover, NH 03755