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“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...Read More »
1 of 13 | Posted by: Carol Hall - Ankeny, IA - Friend

“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...Read More »
2 of 13 | Posted by: Lynda Yochum - Batavia, IA

“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. ”
3 of 13 | Posted by: Jane Kuhn - Ankeny, IA - Neighbor

“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. ...Read More »
4 of 13 | Posted by: Jeanne Like - Overland Park, KS

“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...Read More »
5 of 13 | Posted by: Nancy Archer - Waxhaw, NC

“Mike, Tracie and families. B eth was a great friend and loving mother and grandmother to all. We all will miss her greatly. ”
6 of 13 | Posted by: Crees family Crees - ankeny, IA

“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 ”
7 of 13 | Posted by: Pat Van Lent - Ankeny, IA

“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,...Read More »
8 of 13 | Posted by: Kathy Day Williamson - Des Moines, IA

“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...Read More »
9 of 13 | Posted by: Kim Hochstetler - Winterset, IA

“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...Read More »
10 of 13 | Posted by: Lynda Ann ( Wilburn ) , Yochum - IA

“An eloquent obituary for a great lady. We send our deepest sympathy & prayers for her family & friends. ”
11 of 13 | Posted by: Loren & Mary Ellen Fligg - IA

“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...Read More »
12 of 13 | Posted by: Mary Jo Fowler - Upland, CA

“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. ”
13 of 13 | Posted by: Lisa Clark - Peoria, IL

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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.