Memorial Funeral Home, Crematory & Memorial Park Cemetery/Columbia
1217 Business Loop 70 W, Columbia, MO
Beulah Mae Wilson, age 99, passed away on May 16 after a brief illness. An 80-year resident of Columbia, she was staying with family in Texas when she fell ill.
Her ashes will be interred in a graveside service at Memorial Park Cemetery, alongside her husband Murrell Wilson, who died April 4, 2002.
Beulah Mae Wilson was born Jan. 19, 1921 at home near New Cambria, MO, to Arthur and Katie Hayes. Born to a farm family of eight children, four of whom still live in Missouri, Beulah graduated high school in Bucklin MO.
At 18 she moved to Columbia to take a position as nanny to the Buckie and Lala Walters family who owned Dean’s Town and Country. Beulah met her future husband Murrell Wilson when he lived across the street with his mother who operated a boarding house for University students in the late 1930’s.
Beulah and Murrell married May 11, 1941 in St. Louis where the groom’s uncle performed the ceremony. Murrell had just graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in agriculture and a ROTC commission as 2nd Lieutenant. Murrell and Beulah moved to Fort Sill OK where Murrell was a transport officer during World War II. Beulah was baptized in the historic Fort Sill chapel along with many young soldiers preparing to ship out.
After World War II Beulah and Murrell settled back in Columbia where Murrell opened an American Insurance and Real Estate. Beulah served as business manager and secretary. Later Murrell officed on the 2nd floor of the Exchange National Bank building, and again, Beulah was office manager.
Beulah and Murrell have three children: Jennie Wilson Griffith of Florida and Minneapolis; Murrell “Butch” Wilson (Sally Bolstad Wilson) of Southlake TX; and Kathy Wilson Murray (David Murray) of Ashland MO Additional family includes 10 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren. Beulah’s surviving siblings are: Eileen Taylor of Shawnee Mission KS, Grace Lauer of Lee’s Summit MO, Mabel Bennett of Polo MO and Bill Hays of New Cambria MO.
Beulah was a member of Broadway Christian Church, where seven grandchildren were married and one granddaughter was ordained as a minister. Beulah was a member of Red Hats Club and the Sixty Plus Club at Broadway Christian.
Beulah and Murrell were avid Mizzou sports fans and held season football tickets for 50 years. One year three generations of the Wilson family built a Homecoming Float for the parade commemorating “60 Years of Tuition” paid by all the Wilson family members who had paid tuition and graduated from the University of Missouri.
Beulah designed the several homes the family built beginning with one on Cliff Drive, two on University and their last home on Hulens Lake. As Murrell was in real estate, their houses were always for sale, except the last one. She also loved gardening, nursing many sick plants back to vigor. Late in life Beulah took up painting. At her 90th Birthday Party the family held an exhibition of all her paintings to date.
Beulah and Murrell invested in a small farm southwest of Ashland just along the edge of the Missouri River bottoms, with a 100-year-old log cabin. The Wilson Tree Farm was named when pecan and walnut saplings were planted. The entire Wilson clan enjoyed many campfires under the trees beside the log cabin.
A memorial fund has been established in memory of Beulah Wilson. Gifts may be sent to Broadway Christian Church, 2601 West Broadway, Columbia MO 65203. Please write Beulah Wilson fund in the memo line.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Mary Ann Hafer
May 25, 2020
Jennie: I am feeling for you now. Your mother was one of the nicest mothers we all had -- smiling and gracious always. I know you will miss her, but your memories of her will always be with you. My love to you and yours at this sad time. Mary Ann
May 25, 2020
Beaulah was a delight and an inspiration. I enjoyed spending time with her every February in New Smyrna Beach. She was lively and fun and a pleasure to know. I shall miss her.
May 24, 2020
Jennie, I was so sorry to learn of your mother's death. Sounds like she had a wonderful life. I had forgotten she was a member of Broadway Church. Take care and consider yourself virtually hugged.
Alisa Nettles Strong Alisa
May 24, 2020
I work for Keeping Good Company and I would come clean her house every two weeks. Beulah was so happy I was there and she and I had great conversations. I will miss her smile. Rest In Peace. My thoughts and prayers to the family.
May 22, 2020
We are so sorry for your loss. She was the best neighbor. We miss seeing her smiling face already. God gained a wonderful angel. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.