Bertha Adams (Turner) Beardsley (1920 - 2014)

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Bertha Adams (Turner) Beardsley, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., peacefully left this earth to join her family and friends at a Heavenly reunion. Bertha (born, Sept. 18, 1920) grew up in Opp, Ala., with her parents and numerous brothers and sisters. She married Robert D. Turner, (July 9, 1938) and had one daughter, Phyllis. Twenty-two short years later, cancer robbed her of her first love. God blessed her yet again by bringing widower, George H. Beardsley, into her life. The love and devotion they shared for the next 48 years was a beautiful and inspiring thing to see. Bertha's devotion to her family was always evident, especially as the years slowly robbed many of her elderly family members of their independence. Bertha was always there for each of them, a central figure in their care. She was a pillar of grace and strength, no matter the circumstances.
Bertha enjoyed life as a queen of southern hospitality. She loved to entertain and no matter who came by, there was always a meal or tasty snack to be served. She always used fresh vegetables from her garden, or had boiled peanuts ready in a snap. She enjoyed fellowshipping with friends, whether from the Adult Sunday School Class of Wright Baptist Church, the Flying Seagulls Camping Club, neighbors or her family. A glass of ice-tea and friendly game of dominoes or cards was always near-by.
A longtime member of the Fort Walton Garden Club, Bertha's green thumb extended beyond the vegetable garden, as she always had an award winning yard due to the particular care given to a variety of colorful plants, the manicured lawn and her prize rose garden. She was also an excellent seamstress, making many of the clothes her daughter wore, and eventually even special outfits and crafts for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Though age and illness ended many of her creative activities, the handmade items are still shared and treasured.
Bertha blessed those around her with her God-given gift of hospitality. She delighted in spending time with her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Her family's memories are filled with her hugs, her laughs and her heart for others. She has inspired each of us to be more loving and more caring. We hope to make her proud.
Pre-deceased by her husbands, Robert D. Turner and George H. Beardsley; her parents, David and Martha Adams; her siblings, Robert Adams, Ray Adams, Charles Adams, Mary A. Shipman, Ethel A. Miller, Grace Adams, Foy Adams, and Effie A. Heffley.
Survived by her daughter, Phyllis Elaine Turner Seymour (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.); and sister, Willodean Hudson (Dade City, Fla.); her three step-children, Frank, Francis and Connie Beardsley; her grandchildren, Douglas R. Seymour, Jr., and wife, Eileen, (San Antonio, Texas), Simone Archer Vance (Fort Walton Beach, Fla.) Robert E. Seymour (San Antonio, Texas), Valerie (Boggs) Beardsley and husband, Tom, (Middletown, Del.); her great-grandchildren, Amber Archer Day, Jason Day, Mia Vance, Spencer Vance, Robert B. Seymour, Brianna Seymour, Tom P. Beardsley, Christopher Beardsley, Chloe Boggs, Evan Boggs Jr., Savannah Boggs, and Kylie Boggs; her great-great-grandchildren, Harper Day and Turner Day; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Saturday, March 8, 2014, there will be a funeral procession leaving Emerald Coast Funeral Home at 12:45 p.m. Friends and family will follow to Beal Memorial Cemetery, for a graveside service at 1 p.m., with Kenneth Straughn officiating.
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Published Online in Northwest Florida Daily News on Mar. 7, 2014
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