Beulah Mae (Findling) Watson

Beulah Mae (Findling) Watson


Beulah Mae (Findling) Watson, 87, of Gibbs, Missouri, passed away Wednesday (April 16, 2014) at her home.

Born August 2, 1926 in Kirksville, Missouri, Beulah was the daughter of Roy Alfred and Viola May (Neff) Findling. On December 7, 1946 in Lawrence, Kansas, Beulah was united in marriage to Lloyd William Watson who preceded her in death on September 26, 2001.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, a granddaughter, Shelley Lynn Watson in infancy, eight brothers, Harold, Clarence, Donnie, Roy Jr., Forrest, Clyde, Robert and Gale in infancy and her sister-in-law, Jeanne Findling.

Beulah is survived by her four children, Russell (Judy) Watson of Gibbs, Randy (Terri) Watson of Kirksville, June Watson Burks (Bobby) of Columbia and Jean (Mike) Helton of Kirksville, four granddaughters, Melissa (James) Lloyd of Broken Arrow, OK, Jess (Karl) Burgason of Kirksville, Mandie (Mike) Showers of Kirksville, and Hollie (Steve) Sicking of O’Fallon, and five great-grandchildren, Ryan and Lucas Showers, Ethan Lloyd and Ben and Emma Sicking. She is also survived by two brothers, Jerry (Mildred) Findling of Greentop, and Carroll Findling of Kirksville, sisters-in-law, Leatha, Alice, Betty, Hannah and Shirley.

Beulah retired from Truman State University in the late 90’s. She was a very loving and devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, who talked to each of her children daily, sharing family news and the antics of her great-grandchildren which she greatly enjoyed. This created a bond among her family that will forever keep them close. Sundays would find all available family members at “Grandma B’s” for dinner and visiting.

Beulah loved spending time outdoors in her garden, tending her many flowers and caring for any animals that needed her attention. She loved watching the many humming birds that would come to the feeders she kept out for them. She especially enjoyed the peacefulness of living in the country and watching deer and turkey that come out on the hillside daily.

She was a very friendly and outgoing person who never met a stranger. She had a great sense of humor and could take a joke as well as she could “dish it out”, with a twinkle in her eye. She instilled the importance of family in her children and grandchildren and will be greatly missed by all whose lives she touched.

Graveside services will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday (April 19, 2014) at Gibbs Union Cemetery in Gibbs, Missouri. Family will receive friends for one hour before leaving for the graveside service in the chapel of Travis-Noe Funeral Home in Kirksville. Jim Fowler will officiate the graveside service.

Pallbearers will be Karl Burgason, James Lloyd, Mike Helton, Mike Showers, Steve Sicking and Bobby Burks.

Expressions of sympathy in memory of Beulah Watson may be made to Gibbs Union Cemetery. Memorials may be left at or mailed to Travis-Noe Funeral Home, P.O. Box 306, Kirksville, MO 63501.

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