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Ruth Beulah (Siefken) Weiman
February 2, 1919 ~ August 25, 2023 (age 104) 104 Years Old
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Ruth Beulah (nee Siefken) of Litchfield (formerly of Spring Arbor), our loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great great-grandmother went home to her Lord on Friday, August 25, 2023 surrounded by her family. She was 104 years young. She was born February 22, 1919 in Rock Island, Illinois the daughter of Mable (King) and Henry Siefken.
Although she spent three years in first grade because she could not write with her right hand, she skipped two grades and graduated with her age-mates in 1936 from Spring Arbor High School and went on to Spring Arbor Junior College and County Normal in Ypsilanti, MI receiving her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in education from Eastern Michigan University. She was a lifelong lover of music and toured with the Spring Arbor Junior College Acapella Choir. Beulah Siefken and Elry Weiman were married in 1941 and then lived in Biloxi, Mississippi on the Keesler Air Force Base where the first two of their four children were born. Upon returning to Michigan, Beulah taught in one-room schools ending her teaching career at Northwest Elementary.
Beulah was a life-long member of the Free Methodist Church, attending Jackson, Then Spring Arbor and in the Light and Life campground in Lakeland, Florida where they wintered for many years, and finally in Pulaski, where she life with her daughter, Barb. Knowing she would be with Jesus made Beulah’s passing a wonder to all, as she continued to testify to all who would give her only a moment of their time. Her love and devotion to family is legendary as she loved them all with a fervor.
Surviving are her four children, Marvin Weiman of Spring Arbor, Barbara (Gene) Wildt-Hudson of Litchfield, with whom Beulah resided with for the last 14 years of her life, Shirley “Sherry” Combs of Desert Hot Springs, CA. and Marilyn (Blaine) Goodrich of Parma; 13 grandchildren and 36 great-grandchildren and 34 great-great grandchildren, and one on the way. Ruth was preceded in death by her husband Elry Weiman in 2004; daughter-in-law, Paula Weiman; son-in-law, “Butch” Gilbert King; grandchildren, Burt and Gary King; great-grandchildren, Ashley Wildt and Shawn Waring.
The celebration of Beulah’s life will be 11:00 A.M. Thursday, August 31, 2023 at Watson Funeral Chapel, 2590 Spring Arbor Road, Jackson, MI 49203 with Pastor Dr. Luis Collazo from the North Parma and Springport United Methodist Churches and Pastor Michelle Coats of the Pulaski Free Methodist Church Officiating. Visitation will be from 10:00 to 11:00 A.M. Thursday at the Watson Funeral Chapel prior the services. Ruth will be laid to rest beside her husband at Spring Arbor Cemetery. For those wishing, contributions in memory of Beulah may be made to a charity of one’s choice. Please express your condolences to the family at www.watson-funeral-chapels.com.