EASTON — A loving wife. A mother of four. A grandmother of 12. A book worm. A chronic smiler. A giver of priceless gifts.
Those who knew Edith “Edie” Jane Beglin gushed about the woman she was during her funeral service, Saturday, July 6, at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Easton.
Beglin, 71, was the Oxford Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary president. She was walking to a meeting at the firehouse Monday, July 1, when she was fatally struck by a vehicle on Oxford Road. Officials pronounced her dead at the scene.
During Beglin’s funeral, which attracted many people from the Oxford community and elsewhere, her friend, the Rev. Joan Wolff, spoke about her commitment to the church, as well as her relationship with her husband of 50 years, Bruce Beglin.
Wolff joked that “Bruce had a great taste in women” and said, “If you met Edie, she was a friend for life.”
Two of Beglin’s sons, Timothy and Edward Beglin, offered memories of their mother, saying she didn’t have a mean bone in her body.
Timothy Beglin, who said he was “Edie’s eldest and most favorite son,” recounted times when his mother showed her “dark side.”
“Many times at funerals, we always talk about the good things and we don’t bring up the bad,” Timothy Beglin said. “But today, we’re going to talk about Edie’s dark side.”
He joked about his mother’s driving record, which was littered with minor fender benders. He said one time she bumped into a car, and when the police officer was done writing the accident report, she drove away, frazzled, right into another unoccupied car.
“The officer looked up and said, ‘I’ll be right there!’” Timothy Beglin said.
He also talked about a time when his siblings set up a surprise party while their mom was sitting in the same room with her nose in a book, as she often did.
“These were the meanest and darkest things we could come up with,” Timothy Beglin joked. “God forgave her.”
Beglin’s death still is under investigation by the Talbot County Sheriff’s Offices, with the assistance of the Oxford Police Department and the Maryland State Police.
According to her obituary, Beglin was born on July 28, 1947, in Beaver Falls, Pa., the daughter of the late Joseph S. and Frances Mae Stone Early.
She married Bruce Wayne Beglin on June 14, 1969, in Beaver, Pa., where they made their home, before moving to Oxford, Md., in 2012.
She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Bruce Wayne Beglin of Oxford; children, Timothy Beglin (Rhonda) of Lagrange, Ohio, Patricia Johnston (Christopher) of Mt. Vernon, Mo., Edward Beglin (Megan) of Falls Church, Va., Thomas Beglin (Georgia) of Ellicott City, Md.; grandchildren, Ethan, Logan, Tyler, Tanner, Gavin, Elsie, Benton, Dexter, Penelope, Gilbert, Brooklyn, Rockwell; a brother, Joseph D. Early (Judi); and niece, Chelsea Hayes (Tom).
Memorial contributions may be made in her honor to Oxford Volunteer Fire Company, 300 Oxford Road, Oxford, MD 21654, and/or Oxford Library, P.O. Box 584, Oxford, MD 21654.
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