Beulah Loyce Clarke
March 21, 1931 – January 7, 2021
Beulah Loyce Clarke was born on March 21, 1931 in Osage, Arkansas. She was the 9th of ten children born to Lorenzo Dow and Sarah Myrtle Wyatt.
She was preceded in death by brother Andrew Wyatt and sister-in-law Lucille, sister Sarah Ruth, brother Elisha Wyatt and sister-in-law Sheila, sister Arkie Baugher and brother-in-law Jim, sister Artie Knox and brother-in-law Harold, sister Christeen Bolt and brother-in-law Ray, sister Sylvia Damron and brother-in-law Vernon, and brother Yancy Wyatt.
Beulah is survived by her son John Clarke, sister Kathleen Garcia and brother-in-law Tom, and sister-in-law Alda Wyatt. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews residing in Florida, Colorado, Illinois, Washington, Nevada, Oklahoma, Texas, Oregon, Louisiana, Arizona, Arkansas, California, and Japan.
Those who knew Beulah saw her walk and talk her faith throughout her life. When Beulah was eight years old she accepted Jesus as her Savior and received the filling of the Holy Spirit while attending the Free Will Baptist Church in Sunnyview, Missouri. On a July 4th church picnic Beulah and her sister, Katie, were baptized in the local river. In 1941, 10 year-old Beulah and her family left Missouri and moved to California. Her family settled in Hollister and attended the Assembly of God Church. Every summer Beulah and her siblings would work in the fields picking plums, peaches, pears, and apricots. Beulah was a good student and always achieved high marks. Participating in spelling bees became a favorite activity in grammar school. Other activities included tennis, baseball, track, basketball and volleyball, and playing clarinet in the high school band. Beulah graduated from San Benito Joint Union High School in 1948. While attending an Assembly of God tent meeting in Santa Cruz, she met her future husband, Jim Clarke. They married in September 1950 and moved to San Diego where Jim’s family lived. In June 1951 their son, John, was born. He was the bright light in Beulah’s life and she loved him dearly all her days. Beulah loved to teach Sunday school and Sabbath school and she often ministered from the pulpit. She took piano lessons as an adult so she could play her beloved gospel hymns.
Beulah felt the calling to be a missionary. At age 18 she received a message from God telling her to go minister in Africa. Family life and its commitments happened but Beulah never forgot saying “yes” to God. In 1980, at the age of 49, she joined a missionary venture to China to smuggle in Bibles. It was an important calling for Beulah. During this venture she also visited the Philippines, Korea, and Hawaii. At last, in 2010, at the age of 79, Beulah and her niece, Sharon, served on a mission trip to Uganda, Africa. Sharon said that she was a favorite of the orphans and told Bible stories to them with big flip books and with the aid of an interpreter. They assisted the doctors and dentists on seven days of medical mission trips to remote villages on the island. For Beulah, it was a calling fulfilled.
Along with being a dedicated mother, Beulah worked as a secretary. Throughout her career she worked for an insurance company, DMV, Human Resources Development, San Diego Job Bank, plus several other agencies before landing a position in 1979 with the State Mediation Service. She retired from there in 1994 at the age of 63. In 2003, Beulah moved to Clovis, California to be closer to her family. She spent many evenings playing games with family members. Her favorite games were Yahtzee, Skip-Bo, and Scrabble. Throughout the years she enjoyed frequent trips to San Diego to visit her son as well as trips to visit family living in California and Oregon. When she could no longer drive long distances, she began taking the train or flying to visit friends and family. She always had a story to tell about the people she had met and how she witnessed and shared her testimony with them. Those interactions brought her a lot of happiness. Beulah spent her last 4 ½ years at the Holiday Fig Garden Independent Retirement Facility. She made many friends there with whom she shared the word of God. Beulah understood that as her most important job on Earth and it gave her much joy. During her time at Fig Garden she looked forward to playing games in the social hall, such as Wheel of Fortune and Bean Bag Baseball. She sported a sharp aim in Bean Bag Baseball -- and often beat the men.
Beulah lived a full life with an unwavering walk with the Lord. A faithful servant to Jesus, she was an inspirational witness to all who knew her. On January 7th, 2021, she passed peacefully from this life to the next listening to some of her favorite gospel hymns. Surely Jesus, along with friends and family, were there to greet her with open arms.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.boicefuneralhome.com for the Clarke family.
- John Clarke, Son
- Kathleen Garcia (Tom), Sister
- Alda Wyatt, Sister-in-law
- Leonard Garcia
- Eric Rawn
- Emil Sawali
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Beulah Loyce Clarke
January 24, 2021
My memories of my Aunt Beulah are of the sweetest, kindest person you'll ever meet. She always saw the good side of everybody. I never heard her say a negative thing about anyone. The one thing I really regret is not being able to discuss some of her Missionary work overseas. It must have been a very rewarding experience. Aunt Beulah is with God now and she has earned her wings perfecting the art as any human can of God's will.
January 23, 2021
I remember the numerous times aunt Beulah came to visit my mom. Many scrabble games played and many stories told. Scott and I picked her up at the bus station and then at the train station. Aunt Beulah happened to be visiting my mom when my mom had a stroke. She was a God send and able to call emergency help. I was so thankful she was there since my mom was living alone. Aunt Beulah truly had a servant’s heart and God’s character pervaded in everything she did. So glad we had so many times together.
January 17, 2021
My Aunt Beulah was a soft spoken, God loving woman. Her love of family was amazing. She was always there to help them when it was needed. She looked forward to the family reunions and gatherings that were planned every year. I spent several vacations traveling with my cousin Jeanne and Aunt Beulah as we visited with other relatives. My cousin Jeanne would bring her to visit her sister Sylvia (my mom) on numerous occasions. I will always remember those times. Now she is in Heaven at an even bigger family reunion. She will be missed and she was very much loved.
January 17, 2021
My friend Buelah was very special to me. I was introduced to Buelah through my mother Joyce Morrow in San Diego about 20 years ago. They were special Christian friends and prayed a lot together. When my mom passed away in 2006 I called Buelah for prayer and she was so kind and comforting to me and made sure we stayed in touch. As the years went by we shared many stories together but mostly about Jesus. Buelah became a second mother to me and I’ll never forget when she said to cal her Mother Clarke and that she thought of me as her spiritual son. What a privilege it was to know her.
I loved her so much and always will! Khris.