Winifred Garnett Beard


Winifred G. Beard

August 12, 1928 – September 13, 2018



Winifred Garnett Beard (Winnie), age 90, was born in Columbus, Ohio on August 12, 1928 to the late Earl and Dorothy Jones. Winnie passed away from natural causes on September 13, 2018.


Winnie had a long and beautiful life. After graduating from Columbus Central High School, she met the love of her life, Leslie Edward Beard and they were married on June 13, 1948.  Winnie used her talents and joyful spirt to motivate others and create community.  She and her family are charter members of Second Community Church, where her quiet leadership shined.  She was a member of the Masonic appendant body The Order of Eastern Star; she was a founding member of the Les Madames social club – a group of ambitious African-American women who raised money for charitable causes. Winnie’s clerical and administrative skills were put to good use at Sears for more than 20 years.


She is preceded in death by her husband, Leslie Beard and siblings Leroy Jones, Joyce Rozelle, Patricia Hill, and Gregory Jones.


Winnie leaves an extensive network of peopleto cherish her memory: daughters Vicki Beard (Valerie Nolan) and Lesili Beard (Dr. Iris Levine), son Michael Beard (Laura Ray); brother Gilbert Jones (Charlene), sisters Linda Freeman (Samuel) and Cheryl Nichols; granddaughter Dionne Brown, step grandchildren William Belcher, Jr. andDehlia Ray; great grandchildrenMalakiya, Micalah, Mylia and Mila Brown, and Aiden Foley, plus numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.


Services will be held Thursday, September 20, 2018, at Second Community Church, 311 S. Highland Avenue, Columbus 43223. Viewing at 11:00am and funeral service at 12:00pm. Police escort and processionalwill depart from the church at 1:15pm for interment services at Glen Rest Memorial Estates. Repass at Second Community Church.


The family welcomes any charitable donations in Winifred’s name be made to the National Kidney Foundation.


Condolence Messages

  1. Irish J Richardson

    To the Beard family. My heart is with you and your family at this time of your loss. There is comfort in knowing God’s promises about the resurrection hope. Read Acts 24:15 and Revelation 21:4. In the past God has resurrected humans and He is eager to do it again because He hates death. I would like to discuss more with you about God’s promises. Feel free to contact me at (614) 870-2979. Love Your Neighbor Irish J Richardson. Please call.

  2. To Vicki and family:
    Our deepest sympathies for your loss. May memories bring comfort.
    Brenda Brown, Juanita Deans and Sandra Robinson

  3. There’s no words to express the sorrow in our hearts. Please accept our sincere condolences. May you draw comfort from God as he help you to cope with the loss of a wonderful person.

  4. We shared a friendship that spanned over 50 yrs. and I loved her dearly.
    Vickie, Leslie and Michael you were blessed to have THE BEST!!
    AUF WIDERSEHEN my friend!!
    Love, Lynda & Ralph Streng

  5. John & Faye Norris

    Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14:27
    Mom Winnie is singing and dancing with the angels. Oh what a beautiful sight to imagine…the smiles and laughter and praise!
    Think on these things……
    Love you all, John, Faye and the whole Norris Clan

  6. Michael and Family,

    Praying for all of you. She was one of a kind for sure and someone who no one could ever forget once in her presents. God has her now and He will certainly see you through this. I can only recall the way she make you laugh so hard, brings a smile to my face even this day!

    May God Bless you all.

    Much Love,
    Bee Tolber

  7. Hey neighbors. Hugs and love from The Moores…Tawny, Lujack, and Chuckie…McGinnis grandkids. So miss those days. Loved your mother/family. Sorry for your loss…blessed with memories. Love you

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