Muriel Beaty was born January 9, 1921 in Merritt, Oklahoma to Mae Opal and
Ernest Marion Davidson. She went to be with her Lord on August 14, 2014 at Elk
City, Oklahoma at the age of 93 years, 7 months and 5 days.
After her mother died following childbirth of the third child, Lila Muriel’s
dad married Beatrice Robinson, who became her mother. The Davidson family lived
in several different places where Lila Muriel went to school – Merritt, OK;
Riverside, California; Portales, New Mexico; and Crawford, OK, where she
graduated in 1938. Not being able to afford college, she began working. During
this time also she went on a blind date with Albert Fields “Chink”
Beaty. She worked at the TB sanitarium in Clinton and then for a family in
Cheyenne. She and Chink were married in Sayre accompanied by 3 friends on
February 20, 1940.
Chink and Lila Muriel lived in Cheyenne for a short time, but then built a 4
room house on the ranch and moved there early in 1942. It was there they added
4 children and 2 additions to the house. Here she “provided well for her
household” as the “virtuous woman.” She sewed dresses until late
in the night, pulled the heads off chickens and fried them, planted a garden
and canned food – just to mention a few things.
Living close to the Lord and teaching her children to was of uppermost
importance to Lila. She accepted Christ as her Savior at age 12 and was
baptized in a creek near Crawford. In the First Baptist Church in Cheyenne she
taught Bible school, children’s Sunday School, a women’s Sunday School class,
and cooked many, many funeral dinners.
After the children were grown Lila Muriel worked several places. She worked in
the court house, McDaniel’s Grocery, and at the Security State Bank for 13
years. Also she was quite involved in civic organizations. She was on the
Western Plains Library Board, and the Cheyenne Library Board; she served as
Sorosis Club president and then Platonic Club president. She had a servant’s
heart in whatever she was involved in.
When Chink became too ill for her to take care of, they moved to Elk City. She
had to leave her beloved home on the ranch and the church and many friends she
loved. However, in Elk City she was surrounded by her children and many
grandchildren and great grandchildren until the Lord took her Home.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Chink of 72 years, and a son-in-law,
She is survived by her 2 daughters, Chiquita Spillers, Elk City, OK, Darlene
James and husband, Pat, Elk City, OK; 2 sons, Tom Beaty and wife, Debbie, Elk
City, OK, Bill Beaty and wife, Renee’, Cheyenne, OK; 11 grandchildren, 17 great
grandchildren, 1 great grandchild on the way; 1 sister, Dorsie Mae Hanson, Elk
City, OK; 1 brother, Marion Davidson and wife, Delores, Weatherford, OK and a
host of other relatives and friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to the
Baptist Childrens Home or Heart to Heart Pregnancy Care Center in Elk City.
Visitation will be held Friday, August 15, 2014 until Saturday, August 16, 2014
at 4:00 P.M. at Whinery-Savage Funeral Service in Elk City. Visitation will
continue Saturday, August 16, 2014 at Rose Chapel – Cheyenne August 16, 2014 at
5:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M. and then on Sunday, August 17, 2014 from 12:30 P.M.
until 9:00 P.M.
celebration of life service at her home church, Cheyenne First Baptist Church.