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Estelle Jeanette Baucum Wilson Beckham
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Birth: Jan. 16, 1914
Ashland
Clay County
Alabama, USA
Death: May 13, 2005
Florida, USA

MRS. ESTELLE JEANETTE BAUCUM WILSON BECKHAM of Gainesville, Fla., and formerly of Perry, Fla., died May 13, 2005 after a lengthy illness.

She was 91 years of age and had been a longtime resident of Alachua County. She was born January 16, 1914.

Ms. Beckham was one of eight children born in Ashland, Alabama, in Clay County. She and her seven siblings at an early age came with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clark S. Baucum, to live on a farm in Alachua County. Her parents and siblings have predeceased her. She is also predeceased by her late husband, Jesse G. Wilson Sr., and her youngest daughter, Virginia Lee Wilson Huff.

She was a wonderful role model as a wife, mother, homemaker, parent volunteer, church worker, and civic leader, who reared her family on a large farm in Alachua County along Highway 241, ten miles west of Gainesville. She and her late husband were chosen as the Alachua County Outstanding Farm Family and recognized in the Progressive Farmer magazine for their notable achievements in agriculture. She was a "Happy Homemaker" throughout her life.

Mrs. Beckham was nominated as a candidate for 1956 Florida Mother of the Year and chosen as a runner-up for being an outstanding mother of seven children. She volunteered time as a "Parent Volunteer" in the school system, not only while her children were young but also later in life.

When her children were growing up, she was a member of the Home Demonstration Club, 4-H Club and was a leader of the Young People's Training Union Class. After she reared her children, she continued to live a Christian life and was an excellent role model in her church and community.

She taught Sunday school and was a member of the W.M.U. at Keystone Heights Baptist Church and in the First Baptist Church in Perry. She also found time to participate as an officer in various clubs in Perry, where she lived prior to returning to Gainesville.

Mrs. Beckham's (formerly Mrs. Jesse G. Wilson) survivors include six children: a son, Jesse G. Wilson Jr. of Tauranga, New Zealand, and five daughters: Barbara Wilson Krause and Shirley Wilson Scott, both of Indianapolis, Indiana, Mary Wilson Blok, Panama, Republic of Panama, Margaret Wilson Saucier of Vero Beach, Fla., and Laura Sue Wilson, Gainesville, Fla., 13 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and four great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at Pine Grove Baptist Church in Gainesville, Fla. on Thursday, May 19, 2005, at 11 a.m. The Rev. Charles R. Vinzant, former pastor of Keystone Heights Baptist Church, delivered her eulogy. Interment and graveside services were held in Newnansville Cemetery in Alachua, Fla.

Funeral arrangements were by Milam Funeral Home.

Mrs. Beckham had placed the following poem in an envelope with a note which said, "To be used in writing my obituary.":

God saw she was getting tired, and a cure was not to be,
So He put his arms around her and whispered, "Come with me."
With tear-filled eyes we watched her suffer and fade away.
Although we loved her deeply, we could not make her stay.
A golden heart stopped beating, hard-working hands put to rest.
God broke our hearts to prove to us He only takes the best.
Author Unknown
 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Clark Smith Baucum (1878 - 1950)
  Nettie Pogue Baucum (1880 - 1931)
 
 Spouses:
  Julian Wagner Beckham (1920 - 2007)
  Jesse Gracy Wilson (1914 - 1968)
 
 Children:
  Shirley Mae Wilson Scott (1937 - 2013)*
  Jesse Gracy Wilson (1939 - 2006)*
  Virginia Lee Wilson Huff (1945 - 1998)*
 
 Siblings:
  James Alvin Baucum (1903 - 1972)*
  Sudie Baucum Padgett (1905 - 1981)*
  Barbara Lucretia Baucum Lustig (1909 - 1997)*
  Gladys Mae Baucum Brown (1910 - 1963)*
  Mattie Louise Baucum Yates (1912 - 1966)*
  Estelle Jeanette Baucum Wilson Beckham (1914 - 2005)
  George Dewey Baucum (1915 - 2001)*
  Minnie Lee Baucum Waters (1918 - 1965)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Newnansville Cemetery
Alachua
Alachua County
Florida, USA
 
Maintained by: Barbara Wilson Krause
Originally Created by: Vera Mikell Sodek
Record added: Nov 21, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 23017574
Estelle Jeanette Baucum <i>Wilson</i> Beckham
Added by: Barbara Wilson Krause
 
Estelle Jeanette Baucum <i>Wilson</i> Beckham
Added by: Barbara Wilson Krause
 
Estelle Jeanette Baucum <i>Wilson</i> Beckham
Added by: Barbara Wilson Krause
 
 
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OH! how we miss and love you so much. Happy Mother Day in heaven, see you soon. You were a wonderful, wonderful wife, mother to your seven children. Love!! Love!!!
- Barbara Wilson Krause
 Added: May. 11, 2014
Mother, I have been thinking of you all day. OH! how we miss and love you so much. Happy Birthday in heaven, see you soon. You were a wonderful, wonderful wife, mother to your seven children. Love!! Love!!
- Barbara Wilson Krause
 Added: Jan. 16, 2014
Mother, I have been thinking of you all day. OH! how we miss and love you so much. Happy Birthday in heaven, see you soon. You were a wonderful, wonderful wife, mother to your seven children. Love!! Love!!
- Barbara Wilson Krause
 Added: Jan. 16, 2013
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