Cumberland Times-News


April 5, 2014


INDIO, Calif. —  Binnie Kathryn (Beeman) Macomber was born Oct. 21,1920, in Lonaconing.

Her parents, Peter W. Beeman and Mary (Getson) Beeman raised Binnie and her sister, Bertha (Beeman) Cosgrove, along with her three half-siblings in this western Maryland coal-mining town. After attending local schools, Binnie received her bachelor’s degree in Education from Frostburg State College. She began her elementary teaching career in West Friendship. While there, she met fellow teacher, Virginia Dorsey, who became her life-long friend.

In 1944, Binnie and “Ginny” travelled together by bus to Riverside, Calif., to accept teaching positions in Indio. The cross-country adventure culminated in the opportunity to meet the brother of childhood pen pal, Pearl Macomber of Stapleton, Neb. Army Corporal Robert E. Macomber, met Binnie in Riverside, where they began their life together. After World War II, in June 1946, Bob and Binnie were married in San Mateo, Calif.

Bob and his father built their first home in San Bruno, Calif., where Binnie and Bob raised three children, Bonnie, Beckie, and Bobbie.

Always a devoted mother, Binnie cared for her family since childhood. She was an active teacher in and out of the classroom, a leader in Girl Scouts, and a loyal friend and neighbor. She was always involved in her church and community. She was an avid correspondent with friends and family across the country and with pen pals in England, Norway and of course in Nebraska. Being an active traveler, she not only met her pen pals, but also visited more than 15 countries around the world as well as 49 states.

Binnie was well known as a cook. She enjoyed cooking simple meals at home for a few, but she and Bob also welcomed family and neighbors to legendary “pig roast” parties on many grand occasions. She was happiest while in the kitchen.

An avid reader, Binnie devoured literature throughout her life. She enjoyed both fiction and non-fiction subjects and poetry. She even dabbled in writing short pieces and poems herself. She was a font of stories from her childhood in Maryland and her early teaching adventures in Indio.

After almost 50 years of life together in San Bruno, Binnie and Bob had seen their children through college. She returned to the desert in 1996, upon the passing of her husband.

At home in Indio, where she and Bob had vacationed for many years, she quickly settled into the desert life. Continuing to welcome her family and many friends into her new home, she introduced many to the desert history and landscape. Joining the congregation at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, Binnie became an active member of the choir, was a deacon, member of the Women’s group, member of the church preschool board, and took part in many other volunteer activities. The church became the centerpiece of her life, allowing her to continue her life-long passion of helping others.

Binnie left this life peacefully at home on Tuesday, April 1, 2014, in the presence of family. A devoted wife and mother, she will be greatly missed. She had surrounded herself with a collection of angels. Now she is forever with real angels.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial donations be made in Binnie’s name to the Music Department at St. Andrew Community Presbyterian Church, 47-192 Monroe St., Indio, CA 92201.

Text Only