Beaunah Jean Maring died Nov. 30, 2012, at St. Vincent's Hospital in Erie, Pa., following an extended illness.
Beaunah was born on April 24, 1929, to the late Roscoe and Mary (Besterfeldt) Finland. "Jean" lived in Ripley, N.Y., most of her life and resided at the Collins Manor Senior Apartments. Besides being a member of the Ripley Baptist Church, she also volunteered at the Ripley Food Pantry and the Ripley Fire Department.
Beaunah was a retired seamstress who enjoyed sewing for others as well as reading and bird watching, especially hummingbirds.
Jean is survived by her daughter, Wanda (Lawrence) Erickson of North East, Pa.; two sons, Larry (Donna) Brown of North East and Wade Brown of Findley Lake, N.Y.; six grandchildren, Jeanette, Daniel, Christopher, Matthew, Stephanie and Zachariah; one great-grandson, Zachariah; and one stepbrother, Herman Graham.
Besides her parents and husband, Charles Maring, Beaunah was predeceased by sisters, Onolee Brown, Janet Drake and Maxine Seeking; and stepsisters Sylvia and Angeline Chamberlin and Catherine Spinks.
Jean's funeral service was held on Monday, Dec. 3 at the Mathews Funeral Home, 104 W. Main St., Ripley, N.Y. Relatives and friends were invited to attend the 6 p.m. funeral service with the Pastor Donald Eggleston officiating. Visiting hours are from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Her interment was private. Donations in Jean's memory to the Ripley Fire Department and/or the Ripley Food Pantry would be greatly appreciated by the family.