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Jakomina (Min) Bek

Female 1892 - 1972  (79 years)


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  • Name Jakomina (Min) Bek 
    Born 7 September 1892  Grand Rapids, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 13 June 1972  Grand Rapids Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Min was baptised at St. Mary’s Church in Grand Rapids on 18 Sep 1892. Her Godparents were Hubertus and Jacobia Bek.
      Min had a disasterous first and early marriage to Vaughn E. (Todd) Sloan, a bookeepper. They lived with Lawrence and Cornelia Bek at 335 Carrier NE from around 1918-1921. He was an alcoholic. They were divorced. Shortly afterwards, as Min was attending Mass one day, the priest pointed to her and yelled, "Min Bek, you are excommunicated!" Needless to say, she didn't have much to do with the Church after that.
      Min went under the name Mrs. Minnie Sloan from 1921-25, then changed to Mrs. Minnie Bek in 1926. She then remarried to Horace Prior in 1926. They lived for a short time in Grand Haven, MI, then moved to an apartment on Prospect Ave. in Grand Rapids. In 1928 they bought a home at 1323 Giddings SE, where both Min and Harry lived until their deaths. (Min lived for a few months before her death in 1972 with her sister Bertha's daughter, Helen Snowberger, in Rockford, then in Kent Community Hospital, where she died.)
      Min and Harry never had children. Min's mom, Cornelia, lived with them from 1929 until her death in 1935. Min made comments to the effect that Cornelia was quite a bit better educated than Lawrence, and would never have married him if it weren't for the fact that she had a baby out-of-wedlock (John Marie).
    Person ID I94  Moore-Bek
    Last Modified 24 March 2010 

    Father Lawrence Bek,   b. 15 January 1845, Heinkenszand, Zeeland Prov., Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 May 1922, Grand Rapids, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Mother Cornelia Rosalia DeWilligen,   b. 28 April 1862, Monterado, Borneo, Indonesia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 August 1935, Grand Rapids, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Married 17 November 1885  Grand Rapids, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F99  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse 1 Todd Sloan 
    Married 1920  Grand Rapids Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F102  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse 2 Horace Prior,   d. Grand Rapids Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 1926  Hinsdale or Western Springs, IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F103  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart


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