June 15, 2019

Obituary: Kim Lanice Beard 02/02/12 Service 02/17/12

Kim Lanice Beard, 54, a resident of Essex, Conn., passed away peacefully in Dallas, Texas, on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012 surrounded by the love of family, friends, and compassionate caregivers.

Kim fought a courageous 14-month battle with cancer that never touched her amazing spirit.  Born on Dec. 21, 1957 in Odessa, Texas, her early years were spent in Crane, Andrews, and Odessa, Texas, where she was an award-winning twirler, middle school majorette and early high school cheerleader.  She graduated from Odessa High School, class of ’76, where she also enjoyed cheerleading.

Post graduation, Kim traveled around the world before living most of her life in Texas spending many years in Odessa and Sonora where she was a devoted wife and mother.  She later moved to the Dallas area before relocating to Connecticut in 2003.

Professionally, Kim enjoyed careers as a travel agent, an international flight attendant, and in residential real estate, and the mortgage industry.  She most recently worked as part of a wealth management team, The Oakley-Wing Group, at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney.  On weekends, she enjoyed helping out at Essex Coffee & Tea.

Kim achieved a level of fulfillment that most only aspire to.  Living among beloved friends and colleagues in picturesque historic New England, she likened it to being on a never-ending vacation.  She cherished spending as much time as possible with family, particularly her son, who was especially dear to her heart.

Kim was a supportive volunteer with the Child and Family Agency and was a dedicated and faithful member of First Church of Christ (Congregational) in Old Saybrook, Conn., where she was a Deacon-elect.  An avid sports fan, Kim also actively enjoyed the outdoors, loving  golf, tennis, fly fishing, kayaking, and most of all, her true a passion for sailing.

Kim was known for her Southern hospitality, always exuding a bright smile and perpetual friendliness that warmed the workplace and lit up the room wherever she went.  Her sweet spirit and easy-going nature truly touched the hearts of everyone who knew her.  Her strength, perseverance, and grace will continue to be an inspiration to all who knew and loved her.
Special thanks to the nurses and staff at Signature Pointe in Dallas, Texas, Odyssey Hospice, and Siobhan Kehoe M.D.  for compassionate care above and beyond, and dear friends, colleagues, and family from Connecticut to Texas for remarkable and unwavering support.

Preceded in death by her step-father, Robert Ward of Argyle, Texas, she is survived by her son Ronnie Hooper of Odessa, Texas, mother Joyce Ward of Argyle, Texas, father Bonnie Beard and wife Tinne of Gun Barrel City, Texas, sister Revis Allcorn and husband Steve of Highland Village, Texas, sister Jennifer Lewis and  husband Kevin of Flower Mound, Texas, brother Robert Ward II and wife Jennifer of McKinney, Texas, and  nieces and nephews Brittany Allcorn of Addison, Texas, Chris Allcorn of Austin, Texas, Lauren, Luke, and Landon Lewis of Flower Mound, Texas, and Lilly, Camille, and Anabelle Ward of McKinney, Texas.

A memorial service was held Monday, Feb. 6, at First Baptist Church of Argyle, Texas.  Arrangements are being handled by Dalton & Son’s Flower Mound Family Funeral Home.  Online condolences may be made at www.daltonandsonfuneralhome.com.
An additional memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, at First Church of Christ (Congregational) in Old Saybrook, Conn.

Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, Child and Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut  www.cfapress.org or to a charity of your choice.

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