The life book of Corrine Beene opened on July 28, 1925 when she was born to the late Verlie Collins and Addie Mae McClendon in Hope, Arkansas. She accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at St. John Baptist Church in Hope, Arkansas.
On June 23, 1942 she married the love of her life, Sylvester Beene and to their union three children were born: Sylvester Jr., Patricia and Lannie. They were married for 75 years. Her husband, Sylvester, daughter Patricia, grandson Kevin and sister Melrose Williams preceded her in death.
Affectionately called “Dear” by her children and grandchildren, Corrine took great pride in making her house a home, diligently caring for her family. From her 7-Up cakes and hot water cornbread, to her chicken and dumplings, candied yams, spice cake and homemade pies, Corrine was known for her savory cooking, including the holiday cakes she made for her children and grandchildren each year. She loved gardening, where she raised fruit and vegetables, as well as plants and flowers that adorned her home. Corrine loved her family and took time to attend to the fine details of everything that she committed her time to, including actively serving in her church until her health began to fail in recent years.
After leaving Arkansas, Corrine and her family untied with Paradise Missionary Baptist Church in Kansas City, Missouri and Pilgrim’s Rest Baptist Church. She served faithfully in various ministries including the Deaconess, Usher and Mother Board ministries. She led a mid-day prayer ministry and was an active member of the Sunday School.
Corrine was blessed with a full and rich life for 94 years. The story of her life was filled with both trials and triumphs demonstrated in the way that she carried herself. She was classy and down to Earth. With her tiny physical frame, she was quietly forceful and wise sharing her “mother wit” with anyone who asked for her guidance and insight. She loved whole heartedly and demonstrated an unmovable and unwavering faith throughout her life even when her health began to fail. Corrine is a precious soul who leaves a legacy of service, diligence and strength.
On May 31, 2020, Corrine departed this life and entered into eternity. Continuing her legacy and cherishing her memory, Corrine leaves her two sons: Sylvester Beene, Jr. (Ionia) and Lannie Beene (Jeanette); five grandchildren: Kenneth Beene, Sheriece Miller (Jerome), Terence Beene (Natasha), Alisia Beene and Dominique Flowers; and five great-grandchildren: Kaidan, Jada, Farrah, Tessa and Gabrielle; along with a host of nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends.
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