Beulah Mae Lykins


Beulah Mae Lykins, 80, of Kirksville, Missouri, passed away from an extended illness at Northeast Regional Medical Center, February 5, 2012, with family by her side.

She was born July 11, 1931 in Livonia, Missouri, to the late James Jackson and Maddie (Trammel) Rowland. She graduated from the Unionville High School with the Class of 1949, attended classes at the now Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri and last attended Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas, receiving a Master’s Degree in Education. This prepared Beulah for a lifelong teaching career, starting in Putnam County, MO, Fairfield, CA, Abilene, TX and back to Schuyler County, MO in 1972. She retired from Schuyler County with thirty-one years of teaching service that she always enjoyed. Her hobbies were all kinds of craft makings.

Beulah is survived by her husband of fifty-seven years, James Edward Lykins, three children, Donna (Michael) Zimmerman of Overland Park, KS, Barbara (Mark) Henson of Flagstaff, AZ and Gary D. Lykins of Dallas, TX. Seven grandchildren, Scott Zimmerman, Katie Zimmerman, Stephanie Crooks, David Crooks, Jennifer (Mike) Meyer, Brenna Lykins and Kaylee Lykins, and one great granddaughter, Alannah Jean Meyer. Also surviving are four sisters, Bonnie (Carlos) Snyder of Kirksville, MO, Jane (Orlan) Ray of Kirksville, MO, Neva (Dale) Miller of Brashear, MO and Charlene (Darrell) Bunch of Wichita, KS.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Wanda Valee Rowland and Beth Ann Rowland.

Upon marriage to her husband on October 7, 1954, she accompanied him throughout his Air Force Career of twenty-one years, returning to Kirksville, Missouri, in August of 1972. A devoted and loving wife to her husband and children, grandchildren and great-grandchild, all special.

A memorial service will be held Friday (February 10, 2012) at 1:00 p.m. at Travis-Noe Funeral Home in Kirksville.

At her request and wishes, her remains will be cremated and interment will follow the memorial service at the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Jacksonville, Missouri, under the direction of Travis-Noe Funeral Home.

Expressions of sympathy in memory of Beulah Lykins may be made to PTA of Schuyler County R-I Elementary. Memorials may be left at or mailed to Travis-Noe Funeral Home, P.O. Box 306, Kirksville, MO 63501.

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