Wilma Fae Hightower Beanland of Hollis, Okla. died Sunday, November 15, 2020 in Wellington.
Graveside services took place at 2 p.m. Wednesday, November 18 at Dodson Cemetery. Rev. Al Mixon, pastor of the Dodson Church of the Nazarene, officiated along with dear friend, Rev. Tyrone Campbell of Calvary Community Church in Hollis, Okla. Arrangements were by Adams Funeral Home of Wellington.
Wilma was born September 23 in Dodson along with her twin sister Wanda Cardwell, to Hank and Jewel Bynum Hightower. She graduated from Dodson High School and received her bachelor’s degree from Bethany Nazarene College, now known as Southern Nazarene University. She earned a library science degree from West Texas State University in Canyon and her master’s degree in reading specialty from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, Okla.
Wilma married Sherrell Beanland on December 23 in Dodson. Mrs. Beanland taught school for a combined 54 years in Dodson, Pampa and Quail, Texas as well as Hollis, Okla. She read books out loud and acted the parts in dramatic fashion for her students and gave out “smart pills,” aka candy, before tests.
She spent a lifetime picking up kids and taking them to church. She was tenacious and would lay on the horn to wake them up if they did not come out quickly!
Her life was lived as an example of Christ. Wilma served as a member of the Gideons Auxiliary, Dodson Civic Club, Hollis Business and Professional Women’s Club and a life-long member of the Dodson Church of the Nazarene where she wore many hats, including but not limited to Sunday school teacher, van driver and church board member. She sang in the choir too.
For several years, Wilma was a camp director at Arrowhead Nazarene Camp in Glen Rose, Texas where her nickname was “Sarge.” And, of course, she was a proud, life-time member of the Democratic Party and wanted everyone to know it!
Wilma’s passion was traveling but she would always make it back from her trips to attend church on Sunday morning. She visited all 50 States, Canada, Cuba and Mexico.
Wilma loved helping people, especially her students. She enjoyed candy and cokes like no other and sharing them with her friends. She always found the best in everyone and never spoke ill of other people. She will be greatly missed but we can take comfort in the fact that she touched so many lives in a profoundly positive way.
Finally, a heartfelt thanks to her special caregivers of many years, Billie Watkins, Sallie Cruz and Yolanda Campbell as well as her Dodson Co-op Gin friends with whom she loved drinking coffee and eating donuts!
We also thank Tyrone Campbell for making sure there was music and laughter in her life during her final years. She continued to sing hymns and patriotic songs every day, even her last one.
Wilma is survived by her son Jon Beanland of Gould, Okla. and daughter Misti Beanland of Dallas.
She is also survived by grandchildren Skii Beanland, son of Jon Beanland and Amii Hatton, Shanna Riley Augspurger, Matthew Riley and Mason Riley, children of Jon Beanland and Beverlee Beanland and Scarlet Chatham, daughter of Misti Beanland and Andy Chatham.
Wilma is also survived by her dear nieces and nephews, John Elmer Hightower, Cynthia Hightower, Glenda Hightower Sena, Tommy Hank Hightower, Roy Dean Cardwell and Renessa Jewell Klink. Additional survivors are her best friend and college roommate, Virginia Manning and long-time buddy Darrell Barnes.
She was preceded in death by her husband Sherrell, her parents, two brothers, Bynum and Garland Hightower, and her twin sister, Wanda Cardwell.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Dodson Church of the Nazarene or a charity of your choosing.
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