Lettie Jene Cale
May 7, 1935 - July 7, 2011
Lettie Jene Beasley Cale, 76, passed away July 7, 2011 in her home in Payson. She was born on May 7, 1935 to William L. and Emma I. Beasley, on a farm near Ressell, Minn.
She married Charles E. Cale on Oct. 24, 1971 in Payson.
Lettie graduated in 1953 from Russell High School in Russell Minn., and from Arizona State University in 1957. During the next 10 years she taught in various school districts in Arizona. In 1969, Lettie received her master’s degree in education from the University of Arizona. She then worked for the Arizona Department of Education in Phoenix for the next 20 years until her retirement in 1989.
Upon her retirement, she and her husband moved to Payson.
Lettie participated in many community activities, especially Toastmasters, the Northern Gila County Genealogy Society, and Gila County Community college.
In 2005, she was presented with The President’s Volunteer Service Award by the USA Freedom Corps.
Lettie also served as an elder at the Community Presbyterian Church.
She is survived by her three brothers, James W. Beasley and George F. Beasley, both of Tucson, and Clair C. Beasley and his wife Sally of Ogden, Utah. Survivors also include four stepchildren, Dana J. Locke of Oakland, Calif., Michael K. Cale of Payson, Dr. Timothy S. Cale and Kathleen L. Cale, both of Phoenix.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles, on Nov. 14, 2004.
The family gives special thanks to her dedicated caregivers, Melissa Cochran and her daughters Britt and Hannah, Melissa Howard and Leslie Mitchell. They were of great help and support during the last few months.
The support provided by the Payson Hospice Compassus was also greatly appreciated.
Funeral services are scheduled for 1 p.m., Monday, July 18 at the Messinger Payson Funeral Home, 901 S. Westerly in Payson.
A graveside service will follow at the Messinger Mountain Meadows Memorial Park, 335 W. Round Valley Road.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to the Parkinson Foundation.