Beula H. Chesak, 83, of Idaho Falls, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, just four days before her 84th birthday, at Life Care Center of Idaho Falls.
Beula was born Sept. 22, 1929, in Glen, Idaho, to Arlynn and Vella Ashment. She grew up and attended school in Star Valley. She was raised on a sheep farm where, at a very young age, she and her sister Madge herded sheep (as Beula would say, "we were small amateur shepherds"), but Beula didn't mind being out there because she loved her sheep. Even up to the last days of her life, she was still talking about her sheep and how she was going to find her a sheepherder to marry so she could be back with the sheep.
On Oct. 18, 1946, Beula married Sydney Oakden and moved to Swan Valley. They later divorced, and she moved to Idaho Falls.
Beula married James W. Chesak in 1955 and continued to live around the Idaho Falls area. She was a member of the Alliance Covenant Church.
Beula had many talents. She was a seamstress and enjoyed crocheting and knitting. She loved to play the guitar and accordion while also singing and yodeling. Her passion, though, was reading and writing poetry and short stories. She was the president and longtime member of the Eda-How Poets' and Writers' Group. Beula's health kept her from doing many things that she would have liked to try, but she was very content with what she was able to do and never complained. She had a good sense of humor and was always quick with responses.
Beula is survived by her sons, Allen (Janet) Chesak of Rigby and Carter Oakden of Idaho Falls; daughter, Gaylene (Mike) Burkhart of Idaho Falls; sister, Madge (Max) Jacobson of Swan Valley; and brother, Theron Ashment of Swan Valley. She had three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Chesak, who passed away May 30, 2012; daughters, Patsy Pierce and Myrna Chesak; and siblings, Keith Ashment, Kathryn Wheeler, Blaine Ashment, Theo Ashment and Norris Ashment.
A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, at Fielding Memorial Park Cemetery in Idaho Falls. A viewing for family and friends will be held from 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Wednesday prior to services at Buck-Miller-Hann Funeral Home, 825 East 17th St. in Idaho Falls.
Online condolences may be placed at www.buckmillerhann.com.