Rushville Republican


December 18, 2012

Malcom was community advocate

RUSHVILLE — Beth Malcom, who for many years worked tirelessly to promote Rushville and Rush County in a myriad of ways, passed away last Thursday. She was 65 at the time of her death.

A 1966 graduate of Rushville High School, she was the daughter of Harold “Pete” and Jessie (Gastineau) Wood.

She married Richard “Dick” Malcom Sept. 13, 1969 and he survives.

Shortly after her death, Rushville Mayor Mike Pavey commented on her passing via a post on Facebook.

“The passing of Beth Malcolm is a sad loss for her family and our community. Beth was a local leader for years. She served in a variety of capacities - Director or the Chamber of Commerce/ECDC and Salvation Army. Most importantly, Beth was a wife, mother and great person. She and her family will be in my thoughts and prayers,” Mayor Pavey wrote.

Local businessman Paul Barada Sr., a former Chamber of Commerce director and vice-president of the local Chamber’s current board of directors, also lamented Malcom’s passing.

“Beth was an enthusiastic and committed Chamber director. Fujitsu Ten came to Rush County in large part because of her efforts. She was always optimistic and upbeat in everything she did on behalf of the Rush County Chamber of Commerce. Having had that job in another life, I can attest that it’s not an easy task. Beth, nevertheless, made it look easy and earned the support and respect of everyone who worked with her. Her loss is the community’s loss,” he said.

Malcom was a florist’s assistant early in life and worked for both Vogel’s and Wendell’s Florists.

Shortly after getting married, Beth and her new husband, Dick, moved to Martinsville where they spent nearly 10 years.

While in Martinsville, Beth became one of the founding members of Eastview Christian Church, began her first full-time job as a teacher’s assistant at Robert Hammonds School for Handicapped Children and was office manager for the Indiana Democratic Central Committee.

Malcom had an illustrious working life. She was office manager for Congressman Fithain, became the first woman sales person employed by Moore-Lengen Printing, was Executive Director of the Rush County Chamber of Commerce from 1984 to 1988, was Admissions/Marketing Director at Flatrock River Lodge, Plainfield Health Care & Westfield Village, Customer Relations Director for Windsor Court in Carmel, Marketing, Admissions and Social Services Director for Riverview Hospital Transitional Care Unit in Noblesville, Service Director for the Rushville Salvation Army and was Director of Solid Waste in Rush County for a brief time before her illness prevented her from working.

In 1988, Beth was presented the BPW Woman of the Year Award, the Athena Award, and was presented the Key to the City from the Honorable Joe Delon.

In 1989, she was presented a plaque from the Rush County Chamber of Commerce for outstanding performance as Executive Director and from the Rushville Republican party for being selected as the most influential woman in Rush County during the 1980s.

Her proudest professional accomplishments included Fujitsu Ten announcing that their company selected Rushville as their site for their first American facility, Walmart announcing that they would build in Rushville, Intermet Corporation purchasing the vacant Dana Building and Industrial Cab purchasing the vacant Meto-Kote building. All of these things transpired while Beth was director of the Chamber of Commerce.

Beth was a member of Rushville Church of Christ, Main Street Christian Church, attended Trinity United Presbyterian Church, was a member of the Rush County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Rush County Industrial Development Corporation Board of Directors, Rushville BPW Board of Directors and the Rushville FOP.

Besides her husband, Beth is survived by a son, John Robert Malcom (and girlfriend, Olivia) of Rushville; brothers, Glen (and Kay) Wood of Rushville, Gene (and Carol) Wood of Rushville, Gary (and Kim) Childers of Sheridan; a sister, Bonnie (and David) Carfolite of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; the family’s beloved Rotweiller, Roscoe P.(Precious) Malcom; and extended family, all of Martinsville, Keith and Martha Burns, Mike and Pam Burns, Teresa and Mark Crocker, Pam and Brad Sterwald and Lisa and Barnie Wood.

Her family has requested that memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of Decatur County or Alzheimer’s Research.

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