LEXINGTON, Ky. - Beulah Francis Dragoo Waits, 98, of Lexington, KY, passed away peacefully holding her daughter’s hand on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013. Beulah was born in Mercer Co., Ky on Aug. 20, 1914.
Beulah attended Russell Cave Elementary School riding her pony to class every day. She graduated from Russell Cave High School, attended Eastern Ky State College and graduated from Fugazzi Business College. Beulah loved bookkeeping and secretarial work. She worked as a bookkeeper for Shackleton Music Co. and was personal secretary for the mayor of Newark, Ohio where she resided for two years. She returned to Lexington where she continued bookkeeping for Ecton Supply Co., Dixie Bell Dairy, and the Springs Motel. Her last job was at Worlds Apart where she retired at 92. Beulah was a true inspiration to all who knew her. She was selfless, positive, generous, gracious and kind. She always had a smile on her face and a twinkle in her eye. Her true loves were her family, friends, UK basketball and gardening, especially flowers. Everyone who knew Beulah knew her love for flowers. Not only did she sow many flower seeds, but she sowed seeds of love everywhere she went. Beulah was a member of Oxford Christian Church. S
he loved her church family and friends and provided flowers to the church for many years while living in Georgetown.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Della Ashpaugh Dragoo and Benjamin David Dragoo, as well as her sister, Dolores Dragoo Connor.
Survivors include one daughter, Dolores Shannon Waits, and one grandson, Anton Escobar, both of Lexington. Her family would like to give special thanks to all the caregivers who made it possible for her to stay in her home these past three years, and to the staff at The Villa of Chevy Chase where she lived the last four months. Many thanks also to the staff of Hospice of the Bluegrass at St. Joseph Hospice Care. They were exceptionally kind and wonderful. Most importantly, her family would like to express their ultimate gratitude to her neighbors, Chuck, Berkeley and Jordon Lofton, Jaime Green and Eva Rice, all of whom provided her with great company, conversation, and laughter. Her family would also like to acknowledge her lifelong friend Becky Cannon, her dear friend Marie Probst, and Howard Rackmil whom she loved like a son.
Visitation will be Sunday, Aug. 11 at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home-Main St. from 5 to 7 p.m. A memorial service will be Aug. 12 at 2 p.m. by Rev. Wendy Wilson with burial to follow at Lexington Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Oxford Christian Church, Hospice of the Bluegrass, or the charity of your choice.
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