Beth Ballew Beasley celebrated her 90th birthday on Nov. 18, 2015. A party was held in her honor on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, at First United Methodist Church in Jacksonville.
Family, church members and other friends from as far away as Mineola and Hawkins were present for the event. Guests enjoyed a variety of foods, with coffee and punch. A fresh apple cake with carmel frosting was served as the birthday cake.
Beth was born in Frankston, Texas, to J.H. and Alta Collie. She moved to Jacksonville at a young age to begin work. She married Forrest J. (Jim) Ballew on Dec. 14, 1946, and had two daughters, June Pruett and Linda De Forke. Her whole life has revolved around her family.
She was a stay-at-home mother for many years. She has been an excellent homemaker, wife and mother to her children, who have wonderful memories of their childhood. She later worked at a variety of companies, including Nichols Industries and Rusk State Hospital, where she retired as a Therapist II Technician.
She lost her first husband of 27 years in 1973. She married John Beasley in 1975, a childhood friend, after being reunited at a Homecoming celebration in Frankston.
After retiring, they enjoyed traveling and went on many vacations and church trips. She was widowed again in 1999.
While her health still allowed, she enjoyed cooking. She is an excellent cook, as many friends and family well know, with her coconut and chocolate pies being some of their favorite desserts. She loved to work in her yard, always trying to obtain different and unusual flowers and bulbs. He yard was worthy of Southern Living Magazine. She took pride in mowing and weed-eating her 3/4-acre yard, until she was in her 80s. Decorating her home, with excellent taste, was another enjoyment, as well as crafts, sewing, ceramics and many other creative activities. She still traveled with groups while she could.
Church has always been a top priority in her life. She has always tried to be a faithful servant. She is still a member of First United Methodist Church in Jacksonville, where she was a very active member. She sang in the choir, was in charge of hospitality of the Alpha Omega Sunday school class for severals years and served on committees and in other capacities. She even helped plant shrubs and plants when the church completed their new building.
Her daughters, June Pruett and Linda De Forke, as well as others, are very thankful that they were able to celebrate this milestone and hope for many others.