Beulah McCreery

Beulah Lee (Long) McCreery, 108 years, 8 months, 9 days, Tuscumbia, left her earthly home for her new Heavenly Home on July 29, 2021, at the Miller County Care and Rehabilitation Center.  She was born in Kansas City, Missouri, on November 20, 1912, a daughter of Harry Homer Long and Mary Beatrice (Daisy) Keyes Long.  Beulah’s family moved to Stoutsville, Missouri, where she lived until she was nine years old.  The family then moved back to Kansas City for a short time before relocating back to Stoutsville.  The ride to Kansas City took place in a covered wagon and Beulah loved to tell the story of that ride.  Beulah attended and received a high school diploma from Stoutsville High School.  This was a great achievement, not only because it was rare “back in those days”, but because the school had to close for two years for lack of funding, before Beulah finished her last year.  Once the school reopened, she finished her last year and graduated in May, 1932.  It was sometime before the closing of the school, Beulah met, who was to become “the love of her life”, Raymond McCreery, who preceded her in death on January 5, 2009, after 76 years of marriage.  She and Raymond were married on her 20th birthday, November 20, 1932, in Paris, Missouri.  To this union were born her two greatest joys, sons, Roger Elden and Lee Weldon.

Beulah was a homemaker, wonderful seamstress, making many clothes for her granddaughters, and their dolls, and worked very hard on the family farm raising her two sons, growing and canning her own fruits and vegetables, tending to the chickens, hogs, cows and whatever else they raised to sustain their life on the family farm, while Raymond often worked away from home on other jobs to make ends meet.  You might have even seen her out fixing fence back in the day if you happened to be going by.  One of her answers to the question of her long life was “growing and eating all her own food”.  Beulah was a devout Christian and accepted Jesus as her Savior at the age of 11 years.  She was a member of Stoutsville Baptist Church for nearly fifty years and after the family relocated to Eldon, Missouri, joined Aurora Springs Baptist Church where she has been a member for the last fifty years.  She taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School to many boys and girls throughout her lifetime of attending church.  She continued her witnessing of her love for Jesus even after she and Raymond went into the nursing home.  She had a very strong faith and trusted God would provide for all her and her family’s needs.  Her greatest legacy would be for everyone to know our only hope is in Jesus Christ and to share the Plan of Salvation.  She wants to see everyone she knew and loved here again someday – in Heaven!

Beulah is survived by her two sons, both of Eldon, Roger Elden McCreery (Linda) and Lee Weldon McCreery (Pat), six granddaughters, Lisa Hill (Daryle), Dawn McCreery, Mary Banner, Susan Kempker, Heather  McCreery Conway (Chris) and Haley McCreery Dumbach (David), two foster grandchildren, David Ornelas and Tina Easton; eight great-grandchildren, Jennifer (Brian), Jimmy, Kayla (Gato), Erin, Shayne (Alesia), Kalisa (Donny), Henry and John; ten great-great-grandchildren, Braden, Adrian, Miguel, Brilee, Arthur, Bree, Freya, Adelaide, Breck, Katalyna and another one due anytime; ten foster great-grandchildren, fifteen foster great-great-grandchildren, numerous step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.

She is also survived by one sister-in-law, Lola Long, a special friend, Martha Suttie, and many nieces and nephews.  In addition to her parents and husband, Beulah was preceded in death by two brothers, Elmer and Carl Long, three sisters and their spouses, Hazel Every (Vern), Ethel Dean (Curly) and Virgie Redman (Charlie), one grandson-in-law, Mark Banner and one foster grandson, Anthony Easton.

A private family graveside service will be held.

In Lieu of Flowers, the family requests any memorials be made to Stoutsville Baptist Church, P.O. Box 5, Eldon, MO  65026-0005.

Arrangements are under the direction and care of Phillips Funeral Home of Eldon, MO.       

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