Mary Jane Barker Beaman Phillippe, 91, of Greenwood, formerly of Zionsville, died Sunday, Oct. 2, 2010, at Greenwood Village.
She was born Aug. 11, 1919. She was the daughter of the late Charles and Lula (McCalment) Barker.
Mary Jane graduated Avon High School in 1937, Central Normal College in 1939, Lewis & Clark College in personal training in 1961, University of Wisconsin in special education (gifted) in 1962, and received a master’s degree from Butler University in 1964.
Her work experience included elementary teacher and guidance counselor for 30 years, general manager of Greenwood Village from 1965 to 1968, guidance counselor at Clinton Prairie School from 1970 to 1973, field representative for U.S. Senator Vance Hartke from 1976 to 1977, and sales associate/broker for F.C. Tucker from 1979 to 1983.
Her memberships included AARP, Indiana Retired Teachers Association, life member of the National Education Association, Indiana School Women’s Club, Boone County/Marion County Retired Teachers Association, president of the Marion County Classroom Teachers Association, vice president of the Indiana State Teachers Association, personnel policy committee member of the National Education Association, personnel policy committee member of Indianapolis Public Schools, and president of the Clinton Prairie School Teachers Association.
Mary Jane’s involvement with the AARP included Capital City Task Force Lobby from 1977 to 1990 and 1998 to 1999, Vote Sixth Congressional District Coordinator from 1990 to 1992, Vote State Coordinator from 1992 to 1998, Area V Management Team, Indiana AARP Leadership Council from 1992 to 2008, and the National Legislative Council from 1998 to 2001.
Her involvement in politics and promoting the democratic party was her life’s work, including her involvement as precinct committee chairwoman for Clinton County Michigan Township from 1972 to 1979, precinct committee chairwoman for Boone County Eagle Township from 1980 to 1999, and delegate at the Democrat State Convention every year since 1972. She attended the Democrat National Convention in 1976, was campaign director for State Representative Don Stanley in 1972, was a candidate for State Senate District 24 in 1974, was Democrat County Chairman in Clinton County in 1974, and Democrat Chairperson Boone Eagle Township from 1980 to 1995.
Her efforts to promote issues important to her were recognized with the following awards: Older Hoosier of the Year in 1991, Sagamore of the Wabash by Governor Evan Bayh in 1991, Sagamore of the Wabash by the late Governor Frank O’Bannon in 1999, Alumna of the Year in Avon in 1998, Citizen Action Consumer Award in 1998, Maurice Endwright Award in 2000 to 2001, and the Bird Dogging Award (You Make the Difference) in 2001.
Her other activities included being a volunteer lobbyist for the Indiana State Teachers Association from 1943 to 1956, board member for the Clinton County Retarded Children’s Center in 1971, attendee of the White House Conference on Aging in 1972, treasurer for the Drug Abuse Council of Clinton County from 1973 to 1975, president of the Clinton County Mental Health Association from 1974 to 1976, board member of the Paul L. Phillippe Human Resource Center from 1974 to 1977, vice president for the Clinton County Council on Aging from 1976 to 1978, vice president Area IV Council on Aging from 1977 to 1980, member of the Clinton County Board of Welfare from 1980 to 1984, organizer and president of the Eagle Township Council on Aging from 1985 to 1995, legislative committee member of the Indiana Retired Teachers Association from 1988 to 1998, member of the Indiana Energy Policy Commission from 1992 to 1994, delegate to White House Conference on Aging from 1992 to 1998, chairperson of the Indiana Commission on Aging from 1994 to 1997, and board member of the Division of Disability, Aging and Rehabilitation Services from 1997 to 2005.
Mary Jane dedicated her entire life to promoting and supporting social and political issues that she believed would make a significant difference.
She is survived by her son John Beaman, and grandson Bradley Beaman, of Atascadero, Calif.
Family and friends gathered Friday, Oct. 8, in the Flanner & Buchanan Zionsville Funeral Center, 105 W. Pine St., Zionsville. A funeral service was Saturday, Oct. 9, at the funeral center. There was a celebration of life reception immediately following the funeral. Mary Jane was laid to rest in the Maple Hill Cemetery in Plainfield.
Arrangements were entrusted to the Strawmyer & Drury Mortuary, Lebanon.
Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to the Paul Phillippe Human Resource Center, 401 W. Walnut St., Frankfort, IN 46041-2370, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Visit www.strawmyerdrury.com to sign Mary Jane’s online register and leave a personal message.