Gayle Ann Beddow

October 30, 1942October 3, 2011

Gayle A. Beddow, 68, died Monday, Oct. 3, 2011.

Celebration of life service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in St. Stephen United Methodist Church Chapel with the Rev. David Green officiating.

Ms. Beddow was born in Olwein, Iowa, to the late Robert and Ardes Wharram.

Ms. Beddow taught third grade for 39 years in Texas. Her devotion to education was widely received in the Humphrey’s Highland Elementary School District for 36 years. She touched the lives of thousands of students and their families.

Gayle retired from Amarillo Independent School District in 2002 and spent hours enjoying friends, family, and her pets. She was an avid gardener, letterwriter, and Medi-Park duck-feeder. Recycling was a big part of her life.

Survived by a daughter, Julieann Beddow of Amarillo; a sister, Joan Wharram Hayes of Hiawatha, Iowa; a brother and sister-in-law, Bob and Paige Wharram of Stanley, Iowa; and five nieces and nephews.

Burial will be held in Stanley Iowa Cemetery. Gayle wanted any Memorials to be sent to Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, October 8, 2011

Gayle Ann Beddow

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Ardis Finch-Erath

November 2, 2011

Julie, sorry to hear about your Mom. She was my best friend since 8th grade and she was such a fighter in life. I will miss her greatly but know she is in heaven with other friends and family.

Betty Rannals

October 12, 2011

As a friend first and teacher second, Gayle has taught us laughter, commitment, and love that reaches out and touches others. Gayle will be so missed!
Julie hold tight to sweet memories! Love and prayers!!!

Wayne Maley

October 9, 2011

We will miss the enjoyable stops to see Gayle in Amarillo. When we phoned to arrange, no matter what the day we could expect a cheerful, "Of course I'll have lunch (or dinner)." It was fun to be wiith Gayle and catch up on family. When that was complete there was the sharing of stories about growing up across the road from each other's family farms. Marianne and I will sadly miss a close cousin.

Frances Dusek

October 8, 2011

Gayle was the kindest friend to all. I will miss you greatly,my dearest friend.

God Bless you, Julie.

Janet Libe

October 6, 2011

Gayle was a wonderful person, who shall be missed greatly. Her love of children, animals and life always amazed me. She was a teacher in laughter and love to all of us who were lucky enough to have gotten to spend time with her. Julie, I wish I could be there today to give you a big hug, you have many waiting for you when you arrive in Iowa. Prayers still coming your way to give you strength to get through this difficult time. Rest in Peace Aunt Gayle!

Greta Corbitt

October 5, 2011

Julie: I can't say I'm sorry to hear about your Mother. Frances contacted me on Sunday to let me know how bad she was. I'm just grateful that God didn't let her suffer any longer. I'm sure that is little consolation to you because you'll miss her so much. I'm so glad that I got to talk to her--and you--when we were up there. I didn't realize then how bad she was. I have so many wonderful memories stored up about Gayle. Frank and I offer our condolences.
Love to you--Greta