Beulah Carmen Venable Guyton, 95, died peacefully in her sleep on Christmas Day, 2019. She was living at The Auberge at Vintage Lake memory care facility in Tomball, TX. The last living child of Marion and Grace Venable, Beulah was preceded in death by her parents and her siblings: Bessie May, Edward Earl, Augusta June, Jim M. and Shirley Jeanne.
Born on November 8, 1924, in Linneus, MO, Beulah attended Pleasant Point School and had fond memories of riding the tractor with her father on the family farm outside Linneus. After the loss of the family farm during the Great Depression, at the age of nine Beulah moved with her family to Colorado Springs, CO, where her mother's sister, Ethel, lived. She attended public schools in Colorado Springs.
A war bride, Beulah married Allen A. (Jack) Guyton on May 1, 1943, in Rapid City, SD, before Jack shipped overseas to England, where he repaired bombers. During World War II Beulah worked as a telephone operator.
Beulah and Jack lived briefly in Colorado Springs and Oklahoma in 1946 after Jack was discharged from the Army Air Corps as a Master Sergeant. He then joined Rust Engineering Company and he and Beulah began a 37-year odyssey moving throughout North America. They followed construction jobs in locations including: St. Mary's, WV; Granby, CO; Pittsburgh, PA; Texas City, TX; Canton, OH; Latrobe, PA; Meadeville, PA; Tuscaloosa, AL; Huntington, WV: Oak Ridge, TN; Atlanta, GA; Birmingham, AL; Erie, PA; Butler, AL; Corner Brook, Newfoundland; Ft. Meade, FL; Florence, SC; Butler, AL; Selma, AL; Oracle, AZ; Silver City, NM; and Rosenberg, TX.
While itinerating, Beulah and Jack raised two children. Charles Allen Guyton was born in Huntington, WV. Pamala Jeanne Guyton was born in Oak Ridge, TN. They also took Lucky Meyer into their home for several years.
After her husband's death in 1986, Beulah lived in the Rosenberg, TX, home that she and Jack built, until she moved in with her daughter Pam in Tomball, TX, in 2015. While in Rosenberg, Beulah was an active member of Peace Lutheran Church, where she served in several leadership roles and participated in multiple Bible studies. She was instrumental in the founding of the ecumenical ministry Helping Hands of Richmond, TX, where she actively volunteered. She also volunteered for a decade at the Richmond State School in Rosenberg, TX. When she was not volunteering, Beulah pursued a host of different crafts: knitting, crocheting, sewing, silversmithing, painting, ornament making, raising African violets, and gardening.
Beulah is survived by her son, Charles Guyton, and her daughter, Pamala Williams, and their families. Charles and his wife, Meg Hoagland Guyton, live in Tallahassee, FL, and have two grown daughters, Reverend Margaret Grace Guyton of Macon, GA, and Julia Allen Guyton Kamps of Bethany, MO, and Julia's husband, Jesse Kamps. Pamala and her husband, James Blandford Williams, live in Tomball, TX, and have two grown daughters, Robin Michelle Williams Davis of League City, TX, and Lori Ellen Williams Sanguedolce of Tomball, TX. Robin is married to Scott Davis and has two daughters, Faith and Jordyn Davis. Lori is married to Doug Sanguedolce and has three children, Trey, Elise, and Aidan Lakatos, and three stepchildren, Eric, Megan, and Elliott Sanguedolce.
Beulah's memorial service will be Saturday, January 11, 2020, at Messiah Lutheran Church, 11552 Telge Road, Cypress, TX, at 11:00 a.m., reception to follow at church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made in honor of Beulah C. Guyton to either the Alzheimer’s Association or a charity of your choice.
Allen A. Guyton
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