The first morning of October 2012, the gates of heaven opened with a most spectacular glow of peace and joy as our beloved mother was welcomed into eternal life in the kingdom of God.
Beulah Marie "Peaches" (Campbell) Stover was born Sept. 17, 1932, in Vici, Okla., to Alta "Red" and Grace (Kygar) Campbell, both of whom preceded her in death.
Mrs. Stover was also preceded in death by infant son Carl C. Stover in 1953; grandson Ty Wayne Lowery in 1998; and husband, F.C. "Smokey" Stover in 2009.
Her boisterous laugh, sense of humor and can-do attitude were infectious and served as key ingredients in the success of over 50 years of marriage to F.C., who was not only a storied champion cowboy but a multi-honored World War II hero. During their time together, F.C. and Peaches started a number of successful cattle operations, as well as breeding and training award-winning horses for all disciplines, from the track to the rodeo arena.
Standing quietly behind the man was the lady known by most as Peaches, who was head coach and motivator of the team and who, in her unassuming manner, made it all happen.
Regardless of the number who coveted her varied talents and comforting presence, it was always daughters Cheryl and Janet who were the singular focus of her life and her teachings, be it in the rodeo arena or in life's arena through the word of God. And it was they who provided her greatest source of pride.
Daughter Janet excelled as a high school and collegiate athlete, twice winning collegiate All-Around Cowgirl championships and going on to earn the Women's Professional Rodeo Association's World Champion Barrel Racer title in 2001. An accomplished athlete and equestrian in her own rite, daughter Cheryl is retired from NMSU-PSL and devoted her time in recent years to helping her mother care for her father prior to his passing.
Peaches will be laid to rest beside her beloved husband and infant son during a private family service in Tularosa. But, this new home where Peaches and F.C. have been reunited in eternal bliss does not require any "fixing up" as she had done so often in her time on this earth. Rather, this home has been pre-ordained for them and for all who follow the word of God.
In addition to Cheryl and Janet, survivors include fostered son Billy White; sister Hazel Shaw; numerous nieces and nephews; and countless "chicks" under her wings.
The Stover family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home to direct the funeral services.
To sign the online register book, please visit www.alamogordofuneralhome.org.