October 20, 1915 - September 26, 2014
She Was Greatly Loved
Born and raised in Wessington, South Dakota, to parents John and May Kanaly, Beulah was the oldest of three siblings, Bee, Maxine, and Jack. Her nickname was Boots. She grew up on a farm and worked hard milking cows, feeding chickens, and tending to whatever her parents needed to be done.
One night, while in high school, Beulah and her sisters went to the movies. While there, they were called out from the theater and was told their mother had died from a heart attack. They were devastated, as they were very close to their mom. At the age of 21, Beulah had an opportunity to move to Seattle, with some friends. Knowing there was no future for her on the farm, she ventured out with her friends, to Seattle. She worked at Hats 'N' Boots in Seattle, as a waitress and at Boeing for 5 years. In 1943, she met and married William Watson, whom she met through the same friends. They bought a home on Beacon Hill and raised their family there. Their first child was Susan, then followed Jimmy, Denny, Billy and Patty. She loved her family dearly. After 40 years of marriage, Beulah became a widow. Her dream to become a grandma was fulfilled at the ripe young age of 70! She was in heaven on earth, especially when 5 more followed. After 48 years in her home on Beacon Hill, she moved to Brighton Court in Lynnwood, an assisted living community, where she lived for 16 years. She loved living close to her family and grandkids. Beulah had many friends and enjoyed celebrating birthdays with her birthday club friends.
Beulah was raised Catholic. Through the pain she endured in seeing her teenage son suffer from schizophrenia, she called the 700 Club, a Christian ministry and asked to pray for him. Through that phone call, she was given an invitation to receive Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. She accepted the invitation and was 'Born Again.' She fell in love with God in a new way that she never experienced before. She loved going to church, reading the Word of God, hearing the Word of God, worshiping and talking about the things God was doing.
The most important thing to Beulah next to her relationship with God, was being with her family and grandkids. In addition, Beulah loved for things to look nice. She liked to prepare beautiful table settings of food for special occasions, when she lived on Beacon Hill. She enjoyed working puzzles and watching Christian TV, especially in her latter years. She was greatly loved and will be greatly missed.
A celebration of Beulah's life will be held at 2:00 PM Saturday, October 4, 2014 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lynnwood.
All expressions of condolence are welcome. Memorial contributions in Beulah's honor can be made to Union Gospel Mission or Susan G Komen Foundation.
Petals of Her Life
As beautiful as a rose to see,
Was her life she lived so gracefully.
She made things precious by her touch,
Her selfless love lives on in each of us.
The petals of her life fell one by one.
Each a gift of her heart,
'Til there were none.
Yet her radiance blooms once again
In fields of glory without end.
To Those I Loved
If I should ever leave you,
Whom I love
To go along the silent way. . .
Nor speak of me with tears.
But laugh and talk of me
As if I were beside you there.
(I'd come. . .I'd come,
Could I but find a way!
But would not tears and
And grief be barriers?)
And when you hear a song
Or see a bird I loved,
Please do not let the thought of me
Be sad. . .for I am loving you
Just as I always have. . .
You were so good to me!
There are so many things
I wanted still to do. . .
So many things I wanted to say to you...
Remember that I did not fear. . .
It was just leaving you
That was so hard to face.
We cannot see beyond. . .
But this I know:
I loved you so. . .
'twas heaven here with you!
Isla Paschal Richardson