Obituary published May 30, 2013 in The Mexico Ledger

Beth Ann Steinman-Castaneda, 68, of Columbia, Missouri and formerly Mexico, died at 12:10 a.m. Wednesday, May 29, 2013, at Northern Mahaska Nursing and Rehab Center in Oskaloosa, Iowa where she had been residing for the last 2 months. She fought an 8 month battle with lung cancer.
Graveside services will be held at 12:00 p.m., Sunday, June 9, 2013, at East Lawn Memorial Park. Following the graveside service, a meal will be served at 1:00 p.m. at the Steinman Banquet Hall in Mexico. During this time we will celebrate her life, all are welcome to join with family & friends.
Beth Ann was born November 25, 1944, in Mexico, the daughter of August N. and V. Fern (Mechlin) Steinman. She was the only girl of four children.
Beth graduated from MHS in 1962. She attended Columbia College and later Lincoln University, Jefferson City. She had been married to Peter R. Castaneda, (Huffman, Texas) who is deceased.
Her first job was with the State Division of Welfare in St. Louis. She later worked for the University of Missouri, Columbia, and Wetterau Foods Inc., Mexico. She also substitute taught for Columbia Public Schools.
She was raised in the Mexico United Methodist Church and most recently had been attending Calvary Episcopal Church in Columbia.
Beth Ann was a life-time Democrat and was actively involved as a volunteer and recently involved in the campaigns of Claire McCaskill and Jay Nixon.
As a school child she met President Harry S. Truman and Bessie along with President Dwight Eisenhower at the Wabash Railroad Station in Mexico.
Survivors include two children, Steven R. Castaneda and wife Kay, New Sharon, Iowa, and Vanessa Brooke Castaneda, Lincoln, Illinois; 7 grandchildren, Scott, James and wife Sarah, Alex, Brody, Hailey, Jessica, and Travis; one great-grandson Thomas; two brothers, Robert A. and Marcella Steinman, Columbia, and Ben K. and Shirley Steinman, Mexico; several nieces and nephews; and a dear friend of many years, James Lee Mason, Columbia.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Bernard Steinman.
Beth requested that expressions of sympathy be made by making donations to Dr. Ron James Georgian Children's diabetic camp, c/o ACTS, P.O. Box 7026, Columbia, MO 65205. They may be sent in care of Pickering Funeral Home, 403 N. Western, Mexico, MO 65265.
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