a lifetime of love

Last week, just a few days before her 97th birthday, my mother-in-law was called home to Heaven. She will be missed by her family, friends, church and community.


Beulah was born in Kansas in 1917 where she lived on the family farm with her parents and three brothers.

Beulah and her brother Glenn

In 1948, she married Kenneth and moved to his family farm in Illinois.

wedding picture

They raised four children, the youngest of whom is my husband.

Kenneth and Beulah and family

Beulah was a farm wife, worked hard all her life, was always ready to help others, and worked for eighteen years at the community hospital. She was a faithful member of her church, taught Sunday School, led youth group, and served her church family in any way her help was needed. In 1998 Kenny and Beulah celebrated fifty years of marriage. Kenny passed away in 2003.

50th wedding anniversary

They were an exemplary Christian couple, beloved parents, and wonderful grand- and great-grandparents. Our children, nieces and nephews were blessed to have such grandparents.

DD and G'ma

About 65 people gathered in our home after the funeral for lunch, sharing memories, passing around photographs, enjoying being together as family and friends. Beulah would have loved it.

I want to thank everyone who offered help over the past week, sent condolences and cards, showed us love and care. We appreciate it SO much. You lightened our burden, shared our grief, and rejoiced with us in Beulah’s home-going. It means the world to us.



  1. Janice Miller
    Posted July 27, 2014 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

    What a wonderful tribute to Beulah! She was such a blessed wonderful woman. My siblings and I played with her children when we went to visit our Grandparents who lived just up the road from them. Good times!
    I know she’s with Kenneth now.

  2. Liz Carter
    Posted July 28, 2014 at 9:57 pm | Permalink

    It is easy to see that you all really miss her and what a wonderful blessing to have had her, and Kenneth, in your lives.

  3. Gwen Lorenz
    Posted July 29, 2014 at 11:50 am | Permalink

    Such a wonderful page, Rhonda. Thank you. I remember I missed school one day to attend their wedding–and I think that morning the sun was shining on trees covered in ice! My deepest sympathy–she was a dear cousin to me all her life. (And my last first cousin living. Still some “in-law” first cousins.)

  4. Laurie Shain
    Posted August 4, 2014 at 7:02 am | Permalink

    As you and Russell reflect on your families over the years, you see examples of great love there. You both have been given great gifts and have kindly shared that with all of us. I always loved Beulah’s easy laughter…

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