Beulah E. Dhooghe-Owens, 87, a longtime Parsons resident, died at 8:33 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, at Freeman West Hospital in Joplin.
She was born Aug. 2, 1925, at Walnut a daughter of Charles A. and Iva E. (Johnston) Newton. Her family later moved to rural Parsons where she attended Caldwell Grade School and later Labette County High School at Altamont. She graduated from the Parsons Senior High School in 1943.
She was employed at the Parsons Sun for two years then was secretary for lawyer C.E. Pyle until she was married. She later worked in admissions at the Labette County Medical Center for 22 years.
She married George E. Dhooghe on May 27, 1946, at the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Parsons. He preceded her in death on Oct. 1, 1985. She married James R. Owens on June 3, 1995, at Parsons. He preceded her in death on Jan. 25, 2006.
She was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and its Altar Society. She was also a member of the Daughters of Isabella. She enjoyed reading, oil painting, quilting and doing volunteer work at St .Vincent de Paul Society.
Survivors include four sons, Jerry Dhooghe and his wife, Jo, of Dallas, Ore., Larry Dhooghe of Canyon Lake, Texas, Ed Dhooghe and his wife, Celiece, and Max Dhooghe and his wife, Cindy, all of rural Parsons; five daughters, Karen Myers and her husband, Mike, of Coppell, Texas, Theresa Estrada and her husband, Raul, of Roanoke, Texas, Judy Lewis and her husband, Pete, of Altamont, Shelia Blaschke and her husband, Ron, and Terri Joslen and her husband, Jeff, all of Dewey, Okla.; a stepson, Jim Owens of Maryland; 27 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Iva Gaetano; and three brothers, James E. Newton, H. Alonzo Newton and Charles A. Newton.
The funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church at Parsons. Burial will be in the St. Francis Cemetery at St. Paul. The rosary will be prayed at 6:30 p.m. today at the Carson-Wall Funeral Home, with visitation following.
Memorials are suggested to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church or to the St. Patrick School and may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, P.O. Box 942, Parsons, KS 67357.
Online condolences may be left at www.wallfuneralservices.com.