Beatrice (Chapman) Dansby was born May 25, 1937 to Beatrice (Page) and Earl Chapman in Marion, Alabama. The family relocated to Fort Wayne, Indiana shortly after her birth.
She professed her faith in Christ at an early age at Pilgrim Baptist Church. After she graduated high school, she met her future husband, Hardie B. Dansby, Sr., who asked her if she was done with high school. She replied "Yes" and invited him to a church picnic and he accepted. She knew then that this would be her husband, and things fell into place after that and they married in April 1956.
Beatrice would begin her work career at Lincoln Life and late would move into a logistics position at Navistar (formerly International Harvester) until her retirement some 30 years later, with a brief stint at Magnavox during a layoff. After being laid off for a few years from Navistar, she was called back to work and temporarily relocated to Springfield, Ohio until her retirement.
Beatrice was an excellent cook and loved to sing, and would often just break out into any hymn at any time of the day. Sundays, while making breakfast before church, she was the family alarm clock, as she would always be singing a few hymns as she prepared breakfast and dinner before church services. Many of her nephews and nieces will testify to her baking skills, with fond memories of holiday family gatherings at the house, where we would all sit around eating her famous cloverleaf yeast rolls and Texas sheet cake (at least what her kids hadn't hidden away for themselves). As much as she liked to sing and cook, she has a great sense of humor and loved to tease her nephews and nieces as her way of making them feel special. She was also an avid bowler with a wicked left-handed hook that just looked magical as it made its ways down the alley, and when it hit those pins, you'd hear her yell out POW YAH!
She leaves to cherish her memories her four children, Hardie B. Dansby, Jr., Emerick A. Dansby, Cara Lynn Dansby and Beatrice P. (Mark) Fields; eight grandchildren, Rodney Morgan, Alexandria Morgan, Courtney (Darian) Bridges, Alana Dansby, Tracy Black, Victoria Black, Ryan Fields and Aaron Fields; four great-grandchildren, Donovan, Darian, Jeremiah and Illiana; two brothers, Edward J. Chapman and Emmerick A. "Acie" Chapman; three sisters, Cora Clay, Mary Jacobs and Joyce (Albert) Johns; and a host of nieces and nephews who adored her humor and brownies.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Hardie B. Dansby, Sr., parents, Earl and Beatrice Chapman; brother, Prince Chapman; sisters, Bessie Tharp and Earlean Brooks.
Beatrice will be laid to rest next to her husband, Hardie at Covington Memorial Gardens.
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