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Obituary: Reba Ella Barton Beshear, Elizabethtown

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Reba Ella Barton Beshear, 98, of Elizabethtown, died at 6:05 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, at Our Hospice of South Central Indiana Inpatient Facility.

Mrs. Beshear loved being a caretaker and always said “she took care of the old people!”

She was baptized at Shiloh Baptist Church, where she attended for many years, then later attended Elizabethtown United Methodist Church. Reba was known as the lady who walked to the Post Office every day clear into her 90s, a round-trip walk of about a mile. She loved to cook for family and friends.

Funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday at Hathaway-Myers Chapel on Pearl Street, with the Rev. Jerry K. Day Sr. officiating. Calling will be from 11 a.m. until service time. Burial will be at Garland Brook Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana Inpatient Facility.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Born in Bartholomew County Nov. 27, 1915, Reba was the daughter of Edward and Clotella Clarkson Holton. She married Robert M. Barton Sr. He died Oct. 17, 2007. Her second husband, Norval L. Beshear, preceded her in death March 14, 1977.

Survivors include a daughter, Evelyn J. (Don) Coulter, Hope; a son, Robert (Pam) Barton Jr., Frankton; a stepson, Jim (Betty) Beshear, Columbus; a son-in-law, Jack Brisben, Elizabethtown; grandchildren, Tony (Emma) Coulter of Hope, Pam Coulter of Vernon, Jeff (Laura) Brisben of Indianapolis, Barry (Colleen) Brisben of Golden, Colo., Bill (Renae) Barton of Frankton, Rob Barton of Frankton, and Shelly (Ryan) Smethers of Lapel; and several great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands; a daughter, Carol Brisben on Sept. 10, 2013; sisters, Mae Conway and Mary Phegley; brothers, Earl, Joe and John Holton; and a stepdaughter, Donna Cash.

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