Beaulah Mae (née Harp) Eastman joined her best friend and partner in heaven on Saturday, April 10, 2021, at peace in her Wichita, Kansas, home — her youngest daughter by her side. She was in her 93rd year.
Beaulah was — foremost — a beloved wife of 73 years to Billy J. Eastman, whom she lost on Nov. 29, 2020.
She was the loving mother of five — Karen (married to David) Everhart, William “Chip” (married to Sherri) Eastman, Tom (married to Teri) Eastman, Mark (married to Natalie) Eastman, Jeanette (married to Patrick) Falley.
Beaulah was passionate and proud of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren — numbered 45 and climbing, living a life in devotion to their safety and future.
She was the dear sister of Doris McClure, brother-in-law Mick (married to Marcita) Eastman, Carolyn Eastman and Marge Eastman.
Beaulah’s life is one of deep love for the family’s land and heritage in Elk County, Kansas, where she first met Bill J. and the site of treasured family moments with her children, grandbabies and friends.
She had a biting wit and deep intellect. She was known for her financial acumen and ability to plan for every event life presented her.
Since the 1950s, Beaulah, alongside Bill and her children, were members of the First Christian Church of Haysville, Kansas, where she was an important presence at Sunday sermons, youth clubs, Bible studies, vacation Bible schools, Easter and Christmas Eve services. It was at the First Christian Church where Bill and Beaulah met their best friends and laid a foundation of faith for their children.
Born on Oct. 2, 1927, in the oil boomtown of Whittenburg, Texas, to the late Virgil Harp and Anna (née Clark) Harp Littrell. Her family returned to Grenola, Kansas, after the death of her father in an industrial accident when she was 7. She is predeceased by her parents, brothers Harold and Cecil, sisters Ethel Meier, Edith Bonfiglio, Marie Kern, and her Bill J.
She is fondly remembered by many nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and many good friends.
Beaulah instilled in her grandchildren a deep affection for learning and service to others, touting to her friends the education and jobs in the ranks of her grandbabies — Shockers, Wildcats, Jayhawks and more. Her grandchildren are mothers, fathers, partners and police officers. They lead nonprofits and community organizations. They are teachers, financial advisors, ministers, marketers and consultants. Her grandchildren play football, they are engineers, administrators, community leaders and medical professionals. The love she gave to those closest to her ripples far beyond the quiet hills of her Elk County pasture.
Funeral services, Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 10AM at First Christian Church, Haysville. Services will be live streamed through the First Christian Church, Haysville Facebook page.
Committal Services will follow at 2pm at Green Lawn Cemetery in Grenola, Elk County, Kansas.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established at the First Christian Church, Attn: Playground, 7465 South Meridian, Haysville, Kansas 67060.
Beulah Land, I’m longing for you
And some day on thee I’ll stand.
There my home shall be eternal.
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First Christian Church - ATT: Playground
7465 S. Meridian, Haysville KS 67060