Beulah B. Hughes

January 9, 1925April 18, 2018
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Beulah Belle Shrum-Hughes, 93, West Plains, MO, formerly of Kokomo, passed away on April 18th, 2018.

Beulah was born on January 9th, 1925 to her parents Marion Josiah and Huldah Haney (Mcilvaine) in Kokomo, Indiana.

Beulah married Cleo Edward Hughes on January 9th, 1946 in Kokomo, Indiana, who preceded her in death on June 5th, 1978.

Beulah graduated from Kokomo High School. She worked at the Salvation Army store and also in their office. She was the leader of the Girl Guards and a counselor of the youth. Beulah enjoyed baking, sewing, and crocheting. Her greatest passion in life was serving her lord and savior and spending time with her loving family.

She is survived by her children Edward (Jenn) Hughes, Terry Kleiber, and Randy Hughes, grandchildren Jason (Nathan) Hughes, Stephen Oakes, Franklin (Jamie) Hughes, Jeremy Oakes, Anthony Hughes, Wesley Hughes, and nine great grandchildren. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Cleo Edward Hughes, siblings Sylvia, Roxie, Ralph, Edward, and Ruth; daughter Joyce Hughes; son-in-law Mason Kleiber, and granddaughter in-law Heidi Oakes.

Services will be Friday May 4th, 2018 at 3:00pm at the Salvation Army. Family and Friends may visit from 1:00-3:00pm. Major David Lutz and Joanne Ashcraft. She will be laid to rest next to her husband at Crown Point Cemetery.


Beulah B. Hughes

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      To Beulah B. Hughes, the entire world was a stage. An expressive, optimistic, and uninhibited individual, she was a performer in the theater of life. To everyone around her, she seemed to be eternally happy, and she willingly shared that joy with anyone whose life she touched. For Beulah, bringing out the best in any situation was as easy as offering a smile, a witty remark or the twinkle of an eye. And with just those simple gestures, she could evoke the most pleasant of emotions. Beulah really mastered the art of living and had great fun in doing so.

      Beulah was born on January 9, 1925 at Saint Joseph Hospital in Kokomo, Indiana. Her parents were Marion J. And Huldah J. Haney. Beulah was raised in Kokomo, Indiana. Even as a child, Beulah had the ability to lift the spirits of all those around her. She was raised to be warm, caring and friendly. She couldn’t help but capture everyone’s attention. She was definitely a little bit of a show off, but in doing so, she succeeded in entertaining her entire family.

      Always a good playmate, Beulah was easygoing and fun loving. She managed to lighten the mood wherever she was, even during family squabbles. She seemed to have a knack for bringing compromise and erasing tense situations around the house. Due to a generous dose of common sense, Beulah managed to find a satisfying solution to basic problems. Beulah was raised with Two brothers and three sisters. She had Sylvia, Roxie, Ruth, Edward, and Ralph.

      All of Beulah's playful good humor carried over into her childhood. She was possessed with an outgoing personality, a lively imagination and a mellowed enthusiasm for life that allowed her to be constantly on the go. As a result, Beulah experienced a rather active childhood, and this suited her very well. She took part in kick ball and kick the can. In her spare time she liked collecting buttons and old coins.

      Ask anyone who knew her from school and they would tell you that Beulah was a class “cut-up.” She didn’t do it to be unkind or to garner all the attention. Rather, Beulah simply enjoyed others’ laughter and the sounds of her friends and acquaintances having a good time. It could be said that for Beulah, grades may not have been the most important thing to her, but she really did enjoy her school experience. Since experience was Beulah's best teacher. She enjoyed hands-on learning and applying the “practical” approach to knowledge, rather than getting caught up in “theory.” Beulah graduated from Kokomo High School in She finished night school in 1975. She enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. Her favorite class in high school was math.

      Beulah never actually encountered a stranger in her dealings with people. She was drawn to individuals and crowds, using her gregarious, adaptable and outgoing personality to captivate her audience. This quality allowed Beulah to continually develop new relationships, ever widening her circle of friends. Beulah delighted in her role among all her acquaintances, because she viewed them all as potential spectators for her performance. Whether it was a story, a joke, a song or just plain fooling around, Beulah was always right at home putting on a show among her friends. Beulah utilized her interest in others as a great way to connect with them. While growing up, some of her best friends were Ruth Phillips. Later in life, she became friends with Brig and Mrs. Miller, Ruth Locke, and Marie Carpenter. Beulah loved sharing life and having her home filled with people she knew.

      The gift of being emotionally expressive and outwardly affectionate made Beulah very easy to approach. On January 9th, 1946 Beulah exchanged wedding vows with Cleo Edward Hughes. At Courthouse of Kokomo, Indiana. She tried hard not to impose on her spouse. She was always sensitive to other people’s feelings, and that was especially true in marriage.

      Perhaps the reason Beulah related so well to children was the fact that she never really completely grew up herself. The ability to be just a “kid at heart” helped her in raising her own children. Beulah was blessed with Four Children, Edward and Randall Hughes, and Joyce and Terry Hughes. They were also blessed with Six grandchildren, Jason Hughes, Steve Oakes, Franklin Hughes, Jeremy Oakes, Anthony and Wesley Hughes. Beulah had the ability to focus her attention on the present moment. If she was spending time with the kids, that’s where all of her attention was directed. Beulah's compassionate side prevented her from being a strict disciplinarian, and she could turn just about any situation into a playful, learning experience. She could spend hours entertaining them with fun and creative play. In fact, Beulah had a knack for turning some of those nasty old chores into games.

      At work, as in life, Beulah was a real “people person.” She had a very successful way of dealing effectively with others, and her enthusiasm and energy was often contagious. Beulah liked to see herself as something of a virtuoso. When dealing with various projects and problems, Beulah was an adaptable realist, using her common sense and trusting her experiences and impulses to uncover the correct answer. Beulah's talent for being a down to earth thinker, allowed many around her to see Beulah as an excellent problem solver. Her primary occupation was bookkeeper for the Salvtion Army. She was employed for twelve years with the Salvation Army.

      Beulah enjoyed her leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. An “arts and crafts” type, Beulah liked creating and making things. Her favorite pursuits were sewing and crocheting. Beulah was content to enjoy her hobbies alone but was also willing to share her interests with others.

      Beulah felt excited and challenged by sports. Even if she wasn’t the best, Beulah loved to participate and thoroughly enjoyed the competition and the pleasure of being around other people. Beulah relished the opportunities where she could make an impact, and she would often push herself to play above her abilities. A quick thinker who understood the basics, Beulah never seemed to get caught off guard, even when confronted with unexpected conflict. Recreational sports included bowling. Beulah was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching her favorite events whenever she got the opportunity. Tops on her list were baseball and basketball.

      Beulah had an endless appetite for new and different activities. She was always ready to join in the fun and add her flair and energy to an organization. Because of her personality, her humor, and her ability to get along with everyone, Beulah's service was greatly valued by the organizations to which she belonged. Throughout her later years, Beulah was an active member of the Rebekah Lodge.

      A generous person who often wore her heart on her sleeve, Beulah often found herself involved in activities she deemed important. She was charitable, kind and giving, qualities that made her a natural volunteer. Politically, Beulah was a supporter of the Republican Party, helping at the voting polls for three years.

      Vested with a deep concern for spiritual development, Beulah recognized that her faith was important to her throughout her life. She was a member for over 45 years at the Salvation Army. During that time, she was the girl guard leader, home league member, and a YPL counsler.

      Living life in the fast lane suited Beulah just fine. It is no surprise that she loved to travel and to visit new and different places. She was naturally curious about other parts of the world and loved the real life adventure that came from visiting them. She was impulsive and willing to try anything once. Favorite vacations included House of Rock in Michigan, Sea World in Florida, Branson, Missouri, Mammoth Cave in Kentucky, and visiting her sister in California.

      Beulah was a lover of animals and cherished her pets, enjoying them almost as much as she enjoyed being around other people. One of Beulah's favorites was Princess (Poodle) and Dottie (Fox Terrier). They were best friends for Twelve Years. Her family was rounded out by her two cats.

      Beulah believed that you had to experience life, and her life in retirement was no different. When that day finally arrived in 1975., Beulah took it in stride as one more way to have fun. Stayed n Kokomo, Indiana. With her boundless energy and a desire to get the most out of life, Beulah remained busy with people and projects. In retirement, she found new pleasure in attending church, sewing, and visiting her sister in Missouri. Even in retirement, Beulah continued to stay in touch with her old friends and, since she'd never met a stranger, she made plenty of new acquaintances as well.

      Beulah passed away on April 18, 2018 at West Plains, Missouri. Beulah battled Alzheimer's/Dementia for twelves years. She is survived by her children Edward, Terry, Randy, daughter in law Lynn, six grandson, eight great grandsons, and one great granddaughter. Services were held at the Salvation Army. Beulah was laid to rest in Crown Point Cemetery in Kokomo, Indiana.

      Beulah brought joy to all of those around her. She never had a mean bone in her body. She loved to have a good time and was an eternal optimist, always looking on the bright side of things. She loved to share her energy, wit, and her zest for all of her activities with her friends and family. Beulah B. Hughes lived life to its fullest and made everyone around her happier just for knowing her. She will be remembered with a smile.