Kathal Nelle Lansden Bales, late of Beaver, Oklahoma, passed Tuesday, November 14th at her home, surrounded by family and loved ones. She lived a full and very busy life of service to the family and community she loved. She was born October 28th, 1945, the youngest child of Willis and Merlee Lansden which, ironically, was the same birthdate of her husband, the late David Paul Bales (don’t all children have parents of the same birth date and year?).
She was preceded in death by her husband, David Paul Bales, and her sister, Cheley Lansden. She is survived by her brother, Joe Lansden, beloved children Brian Paul Bales, Stephany Kathal Bales-Tubby and Jeremy Edric Bales, much beloved grandchildren Harrison Alexander Bales, Blake Hunter Scammahorn, Shelby Naomi Scammahorn, and Beckett RB Bales, and much beloved great grandchild Elliot Guess Bales, and innumerable friends in Beaver, and around the world.
Besides her family, the great love of her life was her hometown, Beaver, Oklahoma. Her contributions to her community are too numerous to list fully, but if you ever caught the Old Time Church service at the First Presbyterian Church, you would have heard her love of her church and her Lord shine through her spirited singing and piano accompaniment. Further, her love of pioneer history helped nurture the Jones and Plummer Trail Museum into the formidable collection it is today.
People found her an indispensable, loyal, compassionate, and devoted friend, with a dry wit and helping hand for anyone. Her lifelong commitment to the needs of her community included such activities as Meals on Wheels both in Beaver, and in Yukon, Ok, as well as The Girl Scouts of America, for whom she was a scout leader, mentor, and organizer for many years.
She will be missed and remembered by all who knew her. Her example of caring and support will live on in Beaver and in all the lives she touched.