Thursday, February 7, 2013

Good-Bye Grandma Walls

Betty Jean Walls
(October 27, 1928 - January 28, 2013)
A memorial service celebrating the life of Betty Jean Beamer Walls, 84, of Camden, SC will be held at 2:00 PM Sunday, February 3, 2013 at Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church. Rev. Steve Patterson and Rev. David Weaver will officiate.
Betty Jean Beamer Walls, widow of Cecil J. Walls, was born in Clarksburg, WV. She was the daughter of the late Salathiel Guy Beamer and Caddie Miller Beamer. Mrs. Walls was a member of Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church and the Woman’s Club of Clarksburg. She was treasurer of Norwood School PTA and an active member for almost 50 years in the Eastern Star.
Mrs. Walls is survived by her sons, Gary W. Walls (Helen) and Roger Lee Walls (Faye) both of Camden; daughters, Deborah Ann DeGol of Greensboro, NC and Cecilia Susan Farmer (Glenn) of Omaha, NE; 7 grandchildren, Tausha, Wayne, Heather, Marci, David, Sonja and Timothy; 5 great-grandchildren, Braden, Aerial, Morgan, Marissa and Hailee; brother, Gilbert Beamer (Hilda).

I am very blessed to have several handmade items from Grandma - including some ornaments that she knit herself!  For my college graduation, she hand knitted me an afgan with purple flowers (it now stays in the cedar lined closet - no one is allow to use it so that I can rest assured that it stays nice).  Last, Grandma is the sole person that started my obsession with Hallmark ornaments.  Grandma was the person who bought every grandchild one ornament per year at Christmas.  At six years old, I was obsessed with dollhouses.  In 1984, Hallmark came out with the Nostalgic House Ornaments (a set of dollhouse ornaments wherein the front of the ornament is the facade and you flip the ornament around to see the decorated interior).  This year, I purchased the 29th ornament in the series.

Hallmark Nostalgic Houses and Shops Series

Grandma's 80th Birthday Celebration in 2008

Thank you to the Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church for a wonderful service and a great meal afterwards - and for taking a picture of all of us (since it is a rare occasion that we are all together).