Martha Ruple Beebe

October 21, 1932June 9, 2018

Martha Sue Beebe, 85 of El Dorado, passed away Saturday, June 9, 2018 at her residence.

Born October 21, 1932 in El Dorado, she was the daughter of Otis and Irene Andress Ruple. Mrs. Beebe was a 1950 graduate of El Dorado High School and attended Southeastern University in Hammond, LA. Mrs. Beebe was a longtime member of Immanuel Baptist Church, teaching the Bible Fellowship for 10 years and serving as Area Advisor for 5 years and was also the church organist and pianist for many years. She served on the Board of Trustees of South Arkansas Community College being appointed by Governor Mike Huckabee.

Martha will be remembered for her watercolor paintings and her devotion to her family.

Martha was preceded in death by her parents, a son John S. Beebe III, a daughter Crisanna Jackson, a grandson John S. Beebe IV, her husband of 63 years John S. "Johnny" Beebe Jr., a sister, Carol Baker and a brother, Charles Ruple.

Survivors are daughters Connie (Danny) Gryder of El Dorado and Lucy (Morris) Lawson of Farmington, AR. Along with grandchildren Keely Cook, Kip Amedee, Cassie Jackson, Keb (Jennilee) Brasher, Bendy (Drew) Glover, Ashley (Ritchie) Solomon, Evan (Tera) Lawson, Chris Faries, Branson Lawson and 7 great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at Immanuel Baptist Church with Rev. Bob Inmon officiating. Interment will follow at Arlington Memorial Park under the direction of Young's Funeral Directors.

The family will receive friends for visitation from 10:00 a.m. Tuesday until service time at the church.

For their loving care for Martha the family wishes to express their appreciation to Life Touch Hospice and also to caregivers, Joyce Miller, Sammie Moore, Deborah Smith, Erica Traylor, Albertine Jackson and Sheldon Easter.

Memorial may be made to Life Touch Hospice, 2301 Champagnolle Road, El Dorado, AR 71730.

An online registry will be available at


  • Keb Brasher
  • Drew Glover
  • Kip Amedee
  • Ritchie Solomon
  • Evan Lawson
  • Christopher Faries
  • Branson Lawson


  • Visitation Tuesday, June 12, 2018
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Martha Ruple Beebe

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Lucy Douthitt. Arnold

June 14, 2018

Connie, Lucy, & family,
Your mother was a very special lady. My mother, Martha Jane Simmons, and your mother were friends for many years. Your dad even sang The Lotd’s Prayer at my wedding. They both would go above and beyond for others. Heaven is rejoicing to have your mother home. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers.


June 12, 2018

I have wonderful memories of being in her Sunday School class. She made all of us feel special. My love to the family.

Robbi Chambers

June 11, 2018

I’m so sorry for your loss. It’s so hard to let go of a loving mother and grandmother. She leaves a beautiful legacy behind in Connie and Bendy. Holding you close with our love and prayers.

David Robinson

June 11, 2018

Dear Connie and family, I am so sorry to hear that you have lost your mother. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. You were blessed with two of the sweetest and kindest parents I have ever known and I owe so much for their influence in my life.

Dave Robinson
Conway, AR

Loyce Davis

June 11, 2018

Martha Sue was a great mentor and teacher for me in Sunday School and Bible Study Fellowship. I know she is rejoicing today with her Great Savior. I pray that He bless her family with His peace.

Janet Hale Morgan

June 11, 2018

To the Beebe family, I am so sorry for your loss. She was a beautiful woman. I can still hear her from upstairs 'Lucy Carol! It's almost time for supper. Tell Jan it's time to go home.' Love to all of you, hugs for a wonderful celebration of Martha!
Janet Hale Morgan

Judy Robinson

June 11, 2018

I met Martha a few years ago. She left a lasting impression with her graciousness. She was a true lady. I know her family will cherish her memory. I was fortunate to have met her.

Jan Johnston White

June 10, 2018

Connie and family, my deepest sympathy to you and yours !! Your Mom was a wonderful Lady, always greeted me with a smile!! May you find peace in the memories that you have. As I told someone else in their loss— a new special star will glow in the heavens!

Mary Ann Simmons

June 10, 2018

Thinking of you, Connie and family! We have such fond memories of your mama! Prayers lifted up for you and yours! Mary Ann Simmons and Louise Massey