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Beulah Faye Winchester

February 29, 1928 — March 25, 2017

 

 Beulah Faye (Sprague) Winchester was born February 29th 1928 in Elk City Oklahoma. She was the first child of Nelson and Vena Sprague. Times were already tight for them, finding themselves away from home and no cash on hand, Nelson struck a deal to trade their car to pay the doctor bill.

 

Approximately a year after she was born the family moved to Beaver County Oklahoma, which she considered home for the rest of her life. She had many stories of walking to school as a child during the dust bowl. Those stories included several family members and neighbors.

 

Upon entering high school she had to live in town as there was no bus service in the rural area. After graduating from Beaver High School with the class of 1946, she attended Northwestern State University for two years. This was enough education at that time to begin a teaching career.

 

She returned to the farm in Beaver County and began teaching at the 28 School. During this time she met Calvin Winchester who farmed just a few miles away. Beulah and Calvin were married May 20th 1951. To this union four sons were born. Deryl, Alan, Evan, and Finis. Beulah joined Calvin working on the farm full time. She raised the boys to know how to help with milking cows, gathering eggs, and occasionally baking a cake or cookies. She was a passionate 4-H leader for the Clearlake and Garrett 4-H clubs.

 

With most of the boys grown and gone, Beulah took on part time work at the Elmwood Café, and the Northern Natural Gas Plant.

 

Survivors include her husband, Jesse “Calvin” Winchester of Beaver, Ok; her sons,  Deryl and Janet Winchester, Fulshear TX, Alan and LouAnn Winchester, Phoenix AZ. Evan and Nancy Winchester, Liberal KS, and Finis Winchester of Perryton TX.  14 grandchildren - Amber, Justin, LaCrisha, Jason, Shane, Jenna, Trevor, Travis, Trent, Jacob, Makayla, Dustin, Kylian and Cherish; 12 great grandchildren and 2 great-great twin granddaughters; two brothers, Herb Sprague and John Sprague of Elmwood, Oklahoma one sister, Lavona Bell of Weed, New Mexico and a host of other relatives and friends.

 

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