Bea Price departed this life and went to claim her eternal heavenly reward on November 28, 2018 at the age of 101, just twelve days shy of her 102nd birthday.
Birdie Beatrice Brooks was born on December 10, 1916 at her home near Hobson, northeast of Wetumka, Oklahoma. It was an extremely cold day; the doctor who arrived via horse and buggy to deliver her had to cross the north Canadian river, resulting in icicles forming on the horse’s harness. When Bea was only ten days old, her family moved to Sutton Place, east of Hobson school. She lived in this area until age ten. She then moved near Pleasant Ridge and attended school there, eventually starting to school in Wetumka in the eighth grade.
Bea said that although the Depression years were lean, she never felt like they were poor or deprived, because everyone else was in the same shape as they were.
When Bea was 26, she became a Christian, attending the Texas Banner Church of God. Her sister-in-law Lorene had invited her to church many times, and although she went to the altar to give her heart to the Lord, she recalls that her real salvation experience occurred in the cornfield the next day. She knew the experience was real because her forgiveness felt so great that she declared she felt “as light as a feather” and could have floated out of the fi eld!
In February of 1985 her husband, Ernest, died. She mourned his loss greatly, and was terribly lonely, so God sent another wonderful man into her life. She married Albert Marsh in September of 1988. They had twenty-six years together before Albert passed away in August of 2014.
In addition to being preceded in death by both her husbands, she was also preceded in death by her parents, John and Addie Brooks, two sisters, Inez Dilday and Alpha Miller, one brother Finus Brooks, her brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Aubrey and Lorene Price, and her son-in-law, Robert Loftis.
She is survived by two daughters, Melba Loftis of Tulsa, and Mildred (and Dale) Proctor of Wetumka; two step-daughters, Barbara (and Denny) Wilbanks of Calvin, and Peggy (and Dub) Tatum of Holdenville; five granddaughters, Barbara (and Pat) Fowler of Edmond, Roberta (and Jay) Jeffrey of Holdenville, Joy (and Matt) Niles of Tulsa, Nancy (and Yates) Adcock of Dustin, and Dianna (and Reed) Voigt of Dustin; eleven great-grandchildren, Jeremy Fowler, Melissa Felt, Jason Jeffrey, Brenda Schiesel, Beth Bounds, Jake, Andy and Stella Niles, Colton and Nicole Adcock, and Faith Voigt; eight great-great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends whom she has influenced positively.
A celebration of Bea’s life will take place 1:30 p.m. Thursday, December 6th , at the Texas Banner Church of God under the direction of Hudson-Phillips Funeral Home. Pastor Joe Lunsford will be the offi ciating minister; interment will follow at the Holdenville Cemetery.
Although she did not carve out a name that will be remembered in history, Bea’s departure will leave a hole in the hearts of her family and friends, but she also leaves behind a legacy of Christian service and example, which fi lls our hearts with joy and gratitude, and with many cherished memories. She used her gifts, her abilities, her prayers, and her love to influence many people to follow Christ. No doubt God welcomed her into heaven, proclaiming, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”
In lieu of fl owers please make donations to the Texas Banner Church of God Activity building fund.