Priscilla Kyner Beatty

Priscilla Kyner Beatty passes away peacefully in her sleep at home in Mt. Dora, Florida on September 14, 2020. She will be remembered fondly by her many friends and business associates. She leaves behind one son, Christopher Beatty, of Peoria, Illinois and is pre-deceased by her son Kirk Kyner Secrest. Priscilla was born in Waterloo, Iowa, to L.M. “Doc” Kyner and the former Kathryn Barton in July 1943. She was the first of three siblings, Dr. David B. Kyner, of Fort Lauderdale and L.G. Kyner II, of South Holland, Illinois. After graduating from West Waterloo High School, Priscilla pursues a B.A. from the University of Denver.

Moving from Colorado to Chicago, Priscilla took a bold step into the male world of the Futures business where women were not readily accepted on the trading floor. Her introduction to the trading exchanges was with Maurie Schneider and Company and she proceeded to conquer the commodities business. In 1977, upon the death of her father, Priscilla sold her Gold Coast condo, packed her Datsun pick up truck and drove to Humeston, Iowa, to assume management of the family farms. While attending a farm auction, she encountered an old flame. Priscilla and James Beatty were married in 1978.

Priscilla started a family with Jim in Iowa and continued her education at Simpson College graduating Magna Cum Laude.

One of Priscilla’s dreams was to have a Christmas shop, so as she was nearing retirement, Priscilla and Jim Beatty, began their transition to Mount Dora, Florida by using their knowledge and experience of commerce to open a shop called Bruce Cottage with Dr. David Kyner and Steve Lowensten.

Even as Priscilla retired from Bruce Cottage, Priscilla’s life long endeavors always revolved around helping others, VISTA, teaching, the United Methodist Church and the UMWG. She was a true steward of Christian philosophy of helping others to the very end.

Priscilla was an original member of the Mount Dora merchants Association. She was also an original volunteer in starting Lake Cares food pantry in 2009, where she served as a board member and treasurer for 11 years as well as the pantry manager from 2009 to 2015. Priscilla was a keen supermarket shopper and clipped countless coupons for the best buys to fill the pantry cupboards with needed supplies.

She was adored by her five grandchildren and four great grandchildren. And she is much missed by her niece, Brenna Kyner and nephew Major David Kyner.

In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to the Lake Cares food pantry through Hamlin & Hilbish Funeral Home in Eustis, Florida.