Beulah I. White (89) of Neoga


Published on July 23 2012 9:30 am

Beulah I. White, 89, of Neoga, Illinois died at 1:13 p.m. Sunday, July 22, 2012 at her home.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 25 at Swengel-O'Dell Funeral Home of Neoga with Rev. Richard Coen of Neoga officiating. Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, July 24 at Swengel-O'Dell Funeral Home in Neoga. Burial will be in the Drummond Cemetery, near Neoga. Online condolences may be expressed at Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.

Beulah was born September 4, 1922 in Shelby County, the daughter of William Elmer and Pearl Edith Bales Lear.  She married her lifelong love James D. White November 23, 1931 and he passed away in March of 1970. She was a member of the First Christian Church of Neoga, Eastern Star, VFW Ladies Auxiliary, the DAV and the Eagles Club. Beulah was employed by the General Electric Company in Mattoon for over 32 years. Before that she worked at the Brown Shoe Factory and at the Neoga Garment Factory. Beulah enjoyed reading, traveling, music, dancing, visiting with friends and family. She also had a great love for her dog "Cricket". She loved horses and even cats although she had an allergy to them. In her younger years she also enjoyed playing her guitar and singing. She always worked hard, never complained and was there when you needed her. She will be missed by her family and friends.

Survivors include daughters, Connie Hanfland of Mattoon, Linda White and fiance' Lowell Smith of Neoga and Donna (husband Tom) Huffman of rural Neoga; eight grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren and niece, Betty Lou (husband Don) Frydenger of rural Windsor.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, James White; special friend, Don Rchardson and brothers, Roy, Luther and Kenneth Lear.