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Margaret Grier Beste

Died: November 27, 2018

Margaret Grier Beste died on November 27, 2018, in hospice care in Baton Rouge. Born on June 15, 1915, in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, Marnie, as she was known to friends, spent her early years in Pennsylvania and Illinois. She graduated from Monmouth College in Monmouth, Illinois, in 1936 and earned a master’s degree in …read more

Margaret Grier Beste died on November 27, 2018, in hospice care in Baton Rouge. Born on June 15, 1915, in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, Marnie, as she was known to friends, spent her early years in Pennsylvania and Illinois. She graduated from Monmouth College in Monmouth, Illinois, in 1936 and earned a master’s degree in Spanish from the University of Wisconsin in 1937. In 1939 she married George Beste, and the couple moved to Baton Rouge in 1940, where George was hired as a chemist with the Ethyl Corporation. For many years Marnie was active in civic affairs in Baton Rouge and in the 1950s served as President of the East Baton Rouge Parish PTA and as a Vice-President of the state PTA. Foreign languages were of particular interest to Marnie, and in 1959 she began a 20-year career in administrative positions in the Department of Foreign Languages at LSU. She had many friends among faculty and graduate students in the department, and the Bestes frequently entertained them at their Baton Rouge home, where the wine and conversation in several languages flowed freely. Marnie and George were avid travelers and in retirement traveled widely in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. In her later years Marnie was an enthusiastic participant in life-writing classes at St. James Place in Baton Rouge, her home for the last 27 years of her life, where she composed dozens of short stories about her life and family. Marnie was predeceased by George, her husband of 71 years. She is survived by her daughter Jean Cortina of Baton Rouge, and sons James Beste and wife Paula Kinsella Beste of Kingwood, Texas, and David Beste of Baton Rouge. She had six grandchildren: José, Michael, and Lilia Cortina, Peter and Diana Beste, and Camille Beste; and six great-grandchildren: Samantha and Jordan Cortina, Roman and Sydney Cortina, and William and Sebastian Beste. Arrangements are being made for a memorial service to be held at a later date.

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