Beth Neubauer

  • Born: August 2, 1943
  • Died: January 3, 2021
  • Location: Ankeny, Iowa

Memorial Services of Iowa

4208 North Ankeny Blvd.
Ankeny, IA 50023
Tel. (515) 964-0592

Tribute & Message From The Family

Beth M'Ree (Shive) Neubauer, 77, of Ankeny, Iowa passed away at Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines in the early morning hours of January 3, 2021 due to complications of Covid-19. A private service will be held 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at Memorial Services of Iowa (4208 N Ankeny Blvd) and burial will follow at Ankeny Memorial Gardens. To view Beth's Memorial Service please use this link:

Beth was born to John Martin and Alma Clarette Geraldine (Peterson) Shive on August 2, 1943. Beth, and her twin brother, Robert, were welcomed by their 11-month-old brother, John. Beth was raised in Eldon, Iowa and was proud to be from the home of the American Gothic House and railroad town. It's been said that her and her brothers may have been a tad ornery, being all so close in age. After graduating from Cardinal High School in 1961, Beth moved to Des Moines and attended the American Institute of Business. She met and married Floyd Neubauer in 1963, and they made their home in Ankeny. Together, they had two children, Michael and Tracy. Beth and Floyd divorced in 1980.

Beth began working in the key punch department at Bankers Life in 1970 which later became Principal Financial and retired in 2002 as a business analyst. She met many dear friends there. Beth loved her family and never passed up the opportunity to brag about or show pictures of her five grandkids and their spouses or her five "great grands" (her name for her great grandchildren). She always had an easy smile to give, was never short on sarcastic comments, told it like it was, and had a giggle that wouldn't be forgotten once it was heard. She believed in the simple things of doing the right thing, loving deeply and being a good person. She proudly carried the nickname of Gramcracker, or Cracker for short, which was given to her by her older grandkids.

She is survived by her son, Michael (Michelle); daughter, Tracy (Jay) Petersen; grandkids, Kale (Jennifer) Davis, Garrett (Brittany) Davis, Nash Neubauer, Holly Neubauer, and Kara Neubauer; great grandchildren, Mylee, Laney, Emmitt, Hazel and Elliott Davis; brother, Robert (Dorthy) Shive; several nieces and nephews; and her two groups of "girls" which is what she adoringly called her friends that started just as classmates or co-workers and became a part of her family.

A get together for those lucky enough to have known Beth will be held at a later and safer date. The family wishes to thank the employees of DaVita - Ankeny for their care and love shown over the past year and half. Memorial donations are requested to be sent to the Animal Rescue League of Iowa.

Condolence & Memory Journal

I worked with Beth at Principal and she was my unit supervisor. She had an engaging personality and we became good friends even after I left Principal. Spent time with her and her kids. We drifted apart but reconnected. Few years ago. Got together for lunch or dinner catching up on our families. She was definitely onery (in a good way) but that's what made her so special. She truly enjoyed life and especially her family. She was very proud of Michael and Tracey. She would oftentimes text me pics of new great grandchildren. I feel blessed that she was part of my life and will carry many fond memories of our times together!

Posted by Carol Hall - Ankeny, IA - Friend   April 10, 2021

Beth, so. much fun. as I write in your book no one Will read, but.

The time of school and basket ball just as I miss you so. I know God is keeping you busy. Hope
I see you soon.i. m sure John. is. watching over you. We love and miss you. Lynda

Posted by Lynda Yochum - Batavia, IA - Friend   January 29, 2021

Will always be thankful for Beth driving me to the hospital for the birth of Kristine when we lived on Kenworthy. We're sorry for your loss.

Posted by Jane Kuhn - Ankeny, IA - Neighbor   January 17, 2021

I have known Beth since we were both in kindergarten and went all the way through high school together. She was always fun and a bit mischievous. She love
d her friends and especially her family. She will be missed by all who knew her.

Posted by Jeanne Like - Overland Park, KS - Friend   January 13, 2021

We lived across the alley and Beth lived one block toward town when they moved to town from the country. We knew each other long before then. Both of our mothers were school teachers and our dads worked for the railroad. I wish I could remember all of our adventures. One we would laugh about was when we were caught trying to take bubble gum from Jones Cafe. Whitey himself caught us and I don't believe he ever told our folks. Her mom would give her money to get her bangs cut at Readons pool hall and barber shop. I put scotch tape across them and would cut above the tape. We would keep the dime so we had the money to buy the gum!
Rest In Peace, Beth. I will see you again!S

Posted by Nancy Archer - Waxhaw, NC - Friend   January 11, 2021

Mike, Tracie and families. B eth was a great friend and loving mother and grandmother to all. We all will miss her greatly.

Posted by Crees family Crees - ankeny, IA - Family Friend   January 11, 2021

Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. May you find comfort in knowing that she is at peace in a beautiful place.
Always, Pat

Posted by Pat Van Lent - Ankeny, IA - Family Friend   January 10, 2021

First off I want to give my condolence to Mike, Tracy and their families.
I have many memories of Beth! We both were in-laws to the Neubauer family, we both work and retired from Principal Financial Group and she worked at Kohl's and I loved Kohl's which means she checked me out many times!
She always had a smile on her face and she LOVED her family! She kept me up to date on the two kids and their families. She was so honest which is one of the many great traits she had!
Please know how sorry I am for your loss Mike & Tracy! You have many great memories of your mom and no one can ever take them from you! Always know you had a very caring and loving mom! She will be missed by a ton of people me being one of them. Please take care and know my thoughts are with you.
Kathy Day Williamson

Posted by Kathy Day Williamson - Des Moines, IA - Family   January 08, 2021

Sending my deepest sympathy to all family and friends. So sorry to hear of her passing. My mom, Shirley Curray was just talking about her the other day and how she was doing. So sorry for your loss. May she rest in peace.

Posted by Kim Hochstetler - Winterset, IA - Family Friend   January 07, 2021

There was a group of us girls that played basketball. many years back. !
Linda-Mary Jo -Nancy -Jeanne , myself and more . When we got the ball there was no question ; we came up with that ball., Oh did I mention that we turned around with a swing and that girl was rolling across the floor . OF course it was still. OUR. Ball. !!

Posted by Lynda Ann ( Wilburn ) , Yochum - ( Eldon ). , Batavia, IA   January 07, 2021

An eloquent obituary for a great lady. We send our deepest sympathy & prayers for her family & friends.

Posted by Loren & Mary Ellen Fligg - West Des Moines, IA - Friend   January 07, 2021

To my favorite twin: I will never forget you, the good times we shared as kids in Eldon, Iowa, where you and Bob and Terry and I were the only twins in the whole school, and then as lifelong friends via email and occasional visits. Rest In Peace, dear Beth M'Ree. Love, Mary Jo

Posted by Mary Jo Fowler - Upland, CA - Friend   January 07, 2021

Mike, I am so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. I am keeping you & your family in my thoughts. From Lisa Clark at RLI Claim Dept.

Posted by Lisa Clark - Peoria, IL - Coworker   January 07, 2021