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April 21, 2011

(7/18/1923 - 4/15/2011)

Beulah Delilah Summers was born in Harden, Montana on July 18, 1923, the daughter of Ottie Mae and Wardie Henry John. She passed away at the Schuyler County Nursing Home the evening of April 15, 2011. Beulah was married to John Robert Reese on January 6, 1940 and to this union four sons were born; Jimmie Dean, Jerry Lee, Jackie Bill and Jay William. The family lived in the Pulaski, Iowa area before moving to Bloomfield in 1954. During this time she worked as a waitress and then as a housekeeper for the Dr. Conn family in Bloomfield.

On June 28, 1963 she married Harold Summers and moved to a farm north of Downing, Missouri. Beulah enjoyed working on the farm, gardening, canning and was involved with the local ladies club. She also began working as a Nurses aide at the Davis County Nursing Home. In 1975 she moved to Memphis, Missouri where she continued her nursing home career until her retirement. She was a caring lady who loved and cared for her residents as though they were family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Melvin, Oddis, Lyle, and Roscoe; a sister Bea and two sister-in-laws Wilma John and Anna Belle John, a son Jimmie Dean, a grandson, John Hufford, and a daughter, Patricia Summers who died at birth. She is survived by her brothers, Lowell John and Wayne John both of Burlington, Iowa, and a sister Betty Fox of Ft. Meyers, Florida. She is also survived by her sons Jerry Lee and wife Sandy of Memphis, Jackie Bill and wife Linda of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Jay William and wife Linda of Ashland, Missouri. Thirteen grandchildren, thirty-six great-grandchildren and seven great-great grandchildren.

Visitation was held at the Memphis Funeral Home on Tuesday, April 19 from 9:00 to 11:00 with the funeral immediately following with Brother Larry Smith officiating. Burial followed the service in the Troy Cemetery at Troy, Iowa. Casket bearers were Jeremy Broomhall, Danny Reese, Darin Reese, Jeff Reese, Jerry Reese, Jr. and Joey Reese.

To honor her memory, a memorial may be made to the Schuyler County Nursing Home and may be left at or mailed to Memphis Funeral Home, 378 South Market Street, Memphis, Missouri 63555. On line condolences may be sent to the Summers family by logging on to

Arrangements are under the direction of Memphis Funeral Home.

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Memphis Democrat
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Memphis MO 63555
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