ARKANSAS CITY, Kan. — Beulah Mae (Sickler) Doyal Holden peacefully passed away in Lenexa, on May 20, 2013, at the age of 91 years. Graveside services will be held 2 p.m., Thursday, May 23, 2013, at Hope Cemetery in Arkansas City, with the Rev. Matt Smith officiating.
Beulah was born Aug. 28, 1921, on a farm southwest of El Reno, Okla., the firstborn of Olen and Lillie (Potter) Sickler’s seven children. Her schooling began in Ponca City, Okla., at McKinley Elementary. As a teenager, she helped her mother and father work their family farm and care for her younger siblings. As a young woman, Beulah traveled to California to visit relatives and started working at an ammunition plant, helping with the war effort. There, she met Paul Doyal and they were married on June 16, 1945. To this union, five children were born, Donna Mae, Allen Marshall, Gary Wayne, Gayle Nathan and Deborah Joann, and the family made their home in the Roswell, N.M., area. In 1962, Beulah and her children moved to Arkansas City. Beulah provided for her family by working at the Ark City Memorial Hospital and local nursing homes. In 1971, she and Ivory (Bus) Holden were married, adding his three children, Gerald, Nancy, and Janet, to their home. Beulah and Bus enjoyed their time together; camping in their TeePee trailer at Cowley County Lake, roaming the back roads in “the Rambler,” sitting on their patio, and visiting family. Family was very important to Beulah; her yearly birthday wish was “to have all my kids together.” In 1983, Beulah moved to Lenexa. She enjoyed sightseeing and during one of her journeys, she discovered Shawnee Mission Park and its wildlife. She spent endless hours watching the deer and turkey, always amazed at their beauty and grace. She was very impressed with the cleanliness of the park. In 2009, she moved to Delmar Gardens. Her children visited often and continued to take her for rides to the park; her love for Shawnee Mission Park never wavered.
Beulah is survived by three sons and their spouses, Gerald and Chris Holden, Gary and Peggy Doyal and Gayle and Anita Doyal; four daughters and their spouses, Nancy Kindred, Janet Wilson, Donna Moore, and Deborah and John Hickey; 15 grandchildren; several great- and great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Beulah was preceded in death by her husbands; her son Allen; two sons-in-law, Clinton Moore and Jess Kindred; three grandsons; two great-granddaughters; her parents; five sisters; and one brother. Memorials can be made in Beulah’s name to Hospice of Lenexa, Kansas, and the American Cancer Society. Contributions may be made through the funeral home.
Arrangements are being made through Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home of Arkansas City, Kansas. Online condolences may be offered at rindt-erdman.com.