Maude Helen Beasley
Maude Helen Beasley died Sun., Jan. 1, 2006 in Flagstaff.
She was born Jan. 20, 1910 in Kane, Penn., the only child of Adda and Frederick Marvin.
Upon graduation from high school in 1929, Helen entered Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio, where she received a bachelor's degree in education in 1932. With her teaching degree in hand, she left for Newfoundland to assist in that country for one year as an instructor and missionary. She maintained a great love for that country and its people her entire life, and visited there many times over the years.
After returning to the United States she crafted and clothed, by hand, puppets for a traveling puppet show she developed to sustain her during at least one year of the depression era. In 1935 she was hired as a teacher in Cleveland, and taught there until her marriage to Charles Frederick Beasley on July 7, 1937 in Erie, Pa.
The newlyweds moved to Staten Island, N.Y. where Charles was employed as a banker. Blessed with considerable artistic ability, Helen was quickly hired by Norcross Card Co. as the director for painting and publishing greeting cards. During the decades she worked in this field, cards were hand drawn and hand painted and then printed. In 1953 she was hired by American Greeting Card Co. as their director, again for the drawing, painting and publishing of cards ‹ a considerable accomplishment for a woman in that time. She worked for that company for 20 years until retiring in 1973.
Helen fell in love with the west since first coming to northern Arizona in the 1920s with her parents. It was with great joy that she and Charles moved permanently to northern Arizona upon their retirements, settling first in Williams and then in 1993, Flagstaff.
She was very involved in her church, and had a deep love for her pastors and fellow churchgoers at Trinity Heights United Methodist Church. A memorial service will be held there on Sun., Jan. 22, 2006 at 2 p.m., 3600 N. Fourth St., Flagstaff.
Her husband, Charles, preceded her in death. Her loving and caring friends in Arizona, Nevada, Ohio, New York, New New Jersey, Kansas, California and Newfoundland survive her. She is and will be greatly missed.
Memorial donations may be made to Trinity Heights United Methodist Church Memorial Garden.
Arrangements are under the direction of Norvel Owens Mortuary.
David Clark, formerly of Williams, died on Dec. 6, 2005 at his home in Sun City.
David leaves many friends and family behind in the Williams and Ash Fork area.
He is survived by his mother, Delores; one sister; brothers; and a son, Jesse of Phoenix.
Services were held on Dec. 14, 2005 at Resthaven Cemetery in Glendale.
Ruby M. Thompson
Ruby M. Thompson, 93, of Williams, died Jan. 11, 2006 in Venice, Fla. Ruby was born on Oct. 2, 1912 in Sims, Ark.
Ruby worked as a welder during World War II in the Oakland, Calif. shipyards. She and her husband, Cleo, owned a log trucking business in Williams until Cleo's death in 1959. Ruby also worked at the Williams Hospital for many years as a nurse's aide and with Hospice in Williams. She was very active and was well known in Williams where she lived for 50 years.
She is survived by her two sons, Bob and Wayne; two daughter-in-laws ‹ Grace and Bettie; five grandchildren ‹ Shelly, Steve, Debbie, Jim and Harvey; and six great-grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held on Sat., Jan. 21, 2006 at 10 a.m. at the First Baptist Church, 629 W. Grant Ave. in Williams.
Arrangements are being handled by Norvel Owens Mortuary in Flagstaff.
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