DONNIE MAE BEALL (1925 - 2013)

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Donnie Mae Beall, age 87, an 11-year resident of Fort Mohave, Ariz., died peacefully at home on Sunday, March 3, 2013 in Fort Mohave, Ariz.

Donnie was born November 11, 1925 in Dallas, Texas to Wells "Shorty" and Elizabeth"Betty" Rhodes. Donnie moved to Brawley, Calif. with her family in 1936 and graduated from Brawley High in 1944. She married Virgil Ray Beall on July 16, 1955 in Yuma, Ariz.

Along with her husband, Virgil, she was one of the original members of the Bullhead City, Ariz. CB Radio Club. She and her husband would frequently travel the country attending CB jamborees, making many lifelong friends along the way. Their love of travel would lead them to call many places "home" including Brawley, El Centro, Jacumba, Cabazon, Pico Rivera, Calif., and Bullhead City and Fort Mohave, Ariz. Their final stop together was in Golden Shores, Ariz. in 1991.

Donnie and Virgil were famous for loading up the vehicle with kids and enjoying the weekend either camping, fishing or waterskiing.

Donnie was self-employed as a bookkeeper for most of her life and operated her own thrift store in Brawley, from 1986 to 1990 and later in Fort Mohave from 1992 to 2007.

Not one to be content in retirement, Donnie was always on the go and active in her church, which she loved as her extended family.

She was preceded in death by her son, Thomas Phillips in 1948; and her husband, Virgil in 1999.

Donnie is survived by her daughter, Bobbye Williams of Fort Mohave, Ariz.; sister, Elizabeth Miller of Paulden, Ariz.; grandson, Jack (Cynthia) Greer of Brawley, Calif.; great-granddaughters, Jacquelynn and Sydney Greer of Brawley, Calif.; special niece and nephew, Deni Thompson of Paulden, Ariz., and David Miller of Brawley, Calif.; and numerous other nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held for Donnie at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 10, 2013 at Desert Bloom Ministries, 1470 Hammer Rd., Fort Mohave, Ariz. Pastor Anna Rich will officiate.
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Published in Mohave Daily News Online from Mar. 7 to Mar. 14, 2013
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