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Beulah Mae Garrett

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Beulah Bledsoe Garrett, age 82, passed away September 17, 2009 at Northeast Florida Community Hospice, in Jacksonville, Florida. Beulah was born on March.28, 1927 in Maynardsville, Tennessee, to the late Alfred Bledsoe and Ella Bridges Bledsoe. She was married to Ralph Vernon Garrett on June14, 1947. He preceded her in death on Feb. 9, 2009. Beulah and Ralph moved to Dayton, Ohio, where they raised their family of three daughters. Patricia, of Germantown, Ohio, married to Frank Hawvermale, Belinda of Henderson, Kentucky, married to Gary Madewell, Vicki Garrett of Jacksonville, Florida, and one son, Ralph Vernon Garrett Jr. also of Jacksonville, Florida. Ralph Jr. was severely handicapped, both mentally and physically, and thus he became the main focus of Beulah and Ralph’s lives. They lovingly cared for Ralph Jr. in their home for over 50 yrs., until the death of Ralph Sr. Beulah will be remembered for her deep involvement in community politics of Moraine, Ohio, as she worked hard to elect her favorite candidates. She loved to cook, especially anything sweet, and enjoyed treating her family and friends to her delicious cakes and candies. She was a passionate competitor, enjoying the slot machines in Las Vegas, and she rarely missed an episode of Wheel of Fortune or Jeopardy. Family and friends will fondly remember the many exciting card and board games shared with Beulah, who was always up for one more game. After retirement, Beulah and Ralph moved to Sweetwater, Tennessee, where they enjoyed living on their small mountain farm and being close to family. In 1997, when Beulah's health began to fail, they moved to Jacksonville to be near their daughter, Vicki. Beulah and her husband were blessed to have celebrated 61 years of marriage. She was a loving mother and grandmother who will be greatly missed. Her memory will be cherished by all who knew her. The following is a portion of a poem written for Beulah by her grandson Randy West: *I've witnessed how to deal with a handicap, not as a stumbling block, yet as a building block. Knowing you were always in my corner, pushed me to go the extra mile. The reward, a nod, a pat on the back, or most of all, that loving smile. These words may come late, yet I needed you to see that heroes come in all forms, like you, my Granny, came to me!* Beulah is survived by four grandchildren, Randy West of Las Vegas, Nevada, William (Rich) McLain of West Carrollton, Ohio, Kristin Madewell Fields and her husband, Dustin, and Scott David Madewell and his wife Misty all of Newburgh, Indiana. She was blessed with seven great-grandchildren, William (Will) and Chloe McLain, Savannah, Lillyanna and Cooper Fields, and Bayley Burton and Jackson Madewell. Surviving siblings include Ralph Bledsoe and his wife Sue, Kenneth Bledsoe, and Norma Hope and sister-in-law, Mildred Bledsoe, and also good friends of many years, Helen Lail and Wetzel and Eleanor Isaac. She was preceded in death by siblings, Helen Monroe, John Henry Bledsoe, Lillard Austen Bledsoe, Harley Edison Bledsoe, Arnold Dee Bledsoe, and Alma Dean Mills. Beloved Wife, Mother and Grandmother, you will forever be missed and loved. May you and Pa walk together in Heaven.

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