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  • Beulah Williams

  • Beulah Williams was born on July 17, 1926, on a farm in Duncan, Okla.
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  • Beulah Williams was born on July 17, 1926, on a farm in Duncan, Okla.
    She grew up in the Dust Bowl and survived the Great Depression.
    She was the youngest of seven children born to James and Hattie Qualls. Though lacking a high school diploma, she grew up believing she could learn anything and did.
    Beulah bought a beauty shop with her sister, Dora at 21. She was a successful beautician for 40 years. She became an exceptional seamstress, sewing the entire wedding parties' attire for both of her children's weddings.
    She could drive a golf ball, dance the jitterbug, paint a house, tile a floor, upholster furniture, and completely disassemble and service her prized Elna sewing machine. Beulah loved games. She played Scrabble, bridge, poker, and regularly solved the Sunday Times crossword puzzle. She also loved literature, and devoured everything from Twain to Tolstoy. She embraced learning in all forms and played "Words with Friends" on her iPad a week before her death.
    Whatever Beulah did, she did with her whole heart. She made every holiday special, hosting Christmases for more than 60 years, always being the first one up and last one to bed. Blackberry cobbler and buckeyes were her signature. She loved all children, a good party, and a clean house.
    However, her proudest accomplishments centered on her family. She was a loving wife to her husband, Hank, for more than 60 years, a wonderful and devoted mother, mother-in-law, and grandmother.
    Beulah died on Oct. 16, 2013.
    She is survived by her children Steve (Dee) Williams, daughter Suzanne Williams, grandchildren Cate (Grant) Sagastegui, Hannah Williams, and Jessy Segall, and sisters Dora and Mary Margaret.
    In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Beulah's memory to Hospice Advantage of EAMC, 655 Opelika Road Suite 200, Auburn, Ala. 36830.
    Alabama Funeral Homes and Cremation Centers is in charge of arrangements www.alabamafuneralhomes.com.
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