Beulah Scott Sawyer Stone

November 23rd, 1926May 1st, 2015

In the early morning hours of May 1, 2015, Boulder County lost one of its most gracious, caring, charming, gentle, funny and intelligent residents, Beulah Stone. She was a wonderful sister, wife, mother, friend, and community supporter having lived in Erie for 17 years. She lived in Boulder for many years before that, having been one of the first single mothers to buy her own home! She never met a stranger as her genuine interest in the people she met quickly turned into friends or at least special acquaintances.

Beulah was born November 23, 1926 on the Scott Family Farm in Pettis County, Missouri, the fourth of six children. She spent her early childhood using roadmaps to dream of travelling the world. Her family history was the history of Pettis County, having grandparents who settled the Missouri Territory.  Growing up in the Depression on the family farm, she much preferred working in the fields or running around with her brother, and playing “store” rather than participating in the girls’ house-work.  At 14, just prior to her father’s death, her family moved into the town of Sedalia. The kids all worked to help their widowed mother. They didn’t have a lot of money, but they had a lot of love.

Against her mother’s advice she started her life of travel and adventure at the age of 17, as she moved to Texas to marry a soldier, Jean “Buz” Sawyer. They started a family which eventually grew to five and became the most meaningful part of her life. At the age of 39, she became a single mother. Through hard work and sheer determination, she educated herself starting with a secretarial course and was offered a job in the Payroll Department at the University of Colorado. She worked up through various positions, responsibilities and departments to retire holding the position of Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. Beulah thoroughly enjoyed her years at CU and continued to feel connected to and proud of both the institution and the people she worked with.

In 1975, Beulah met and married Wally Stone. In retirement, she travelled with Wally, friends and with her children, travelled throughout most of the world. Wally died in 2007. Beulah was active in supporting others through her volunteer work by spending five years on the Louisville Senior Advisory Board, and then working with Boulder County Area Aging Services. She was an avid genealogy buff, and was active in the formation of the Louisville/Lafayette Genealogical Society.

Independence and integrity, learned from her parents, are themes that have run through Beulah’s life, and are the personal characteristics which she considered most important. As the child of a large family, she was expected to do things for herself, asking for help only after she was unable to complete a task on her own. This early training was the beginning of an independence that grew and blossomed in Beulah. Her sense of integrity encompassed honesty, caring for and helping others, and contributing to the world. She raised her children with these same ethics.

She is survived by all five of her children; Donna (Dan) Waters of Asheville, NC; Suzanne Beck of Lincoln City, OR; Lance (Alice) Sawyer of Buena Vista, CO;  Randy (Vicki) Sawyer; and Brett (April) Sawyer, of Boulder County. Beulah is survived by two sisters; Virginia McAllister and Lois Ditzfeld, both of Sedalia, MO, their families and several nieces and nephews. She is also survived by four grandchildren: Curtis (Dani) Waters, Tamera (Michael) Rogers, Christopher Ferwerda, and Tristan Sawyer; and four great grandchildren: Benjamin and Scott Waters and Alexis and Zach Rogers.

Her five children and spouses will host a Celebration of Life held at Darrell Howe Mortuary in Lafayette on Friday, May 8 at 10:00 a.m., with interment following at Green Mountain Cemetery in Boulder. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Beulah’s name to Boulder County Humane Society, TruCare Hospice or the Louisville Senior Center.

Services

Beulah's five children and spouses will host a Celebration of Life held at Darrell Howe Mortuary in Lafayette on Friday, May 8 at 10:00 a.m., with interment following at Green Mountain Cemetery in Boulder. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Beulah’s name to Boulder County Humane Society, TruCare Hospice or the Louisville Senior Center.

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