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Woman killed in accident owned farm

March 18, 2004|by DON AINES

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

Together they raised three children and created a large certified organic vegetable farming operation on the East Coast, but on Tuesday Thomas Beddard lost his wife and partner, Christine, in a fatal automobile accident.

Christine M. Beddard, 50, of 1795 Criders Church Road, was killed in a collision with another vehicle Tuesday on U.S. 30, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Beddard lost control of a 2000 Chrysler Town and Country minivan near Gregway Drive, veered into the westbound lane and collided with a Chevy Blazer driven by John C. Carbaugh, 38, of Chambersburg, police said.

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Carbaugh was admitted to Chambersburg Hospital, but was released Wednesday, according to a nursing supervisor.

"She was a wonderful mother and a wonderful wife ... I'm devastated," Thomas Beddard said Wednesday. "I'm going to be lost without her."

Thomas Beddard said their oldest child, Ellis, 21, is serving with the U.S. Army's 1st Infantry Division in Iraq.

Carla Beddard, 20, is a student at American University in Washington, D.C., and Anais, 16, is a sophomore at James Buchanan High School in Mercersburg, Pa.

She also is survived by a grandchild, 7-month-old Madeleine Christine Beddard.

Thomas Beddard said Lady Moon Farms began on a 22-acre farmette in Selinsgrove, Pa., in 1987. They sold that farm, but Lady Moon Farms has grown to include farms near Mercersburg and Chambersburg of about 150 acres each and another 600-acre farm in Florida, he said.

According to the Lady Moon Farms Web site, they moved the business to Franklin County in 1996 and began production in Florida in 1999 to provide distributors and supermarkets with produce year-round.

The couple was working on establishing a fourth farm in Georgia at the time of Christine's death, he said.

"We were two city kids who loved the country," he said.

Christine, who came from Clifton, N.J., "was integral in building this business. I never would have done it without her," he said.

Christine Beddard accepted the Environmental Sustainability Award on behalf of Lady Moon Farms at a Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce awards ceremony last fall.

Lady Moon Farms employs 30 people full time and 70 more on a part-time basis, farming without synthetic pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers to produce fruits and vegetables, the chamber noted in the award presentation.

Lady Moon Farms grows, packs and ships organic vegetables throughout much of the country, Thomas Beddard said.

Beddard said his wife was a woman of many interests beyond organic farming.

"She was a Gemini and she always said she was interested in a multitude of things," Beddard said. She recently had been weaving blankets with a loom he gave her for Christmas, he said.

Gardening, horses and the Florida Keys were among her other passions, her husband said.

"She was just into life. Real big," he said.

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