Oct. 9, 1921 — April 23, 2013
Goldie Lorene Weber Beierle was born to Mary and Aaron Weber on Oct. 9, 1921, at their home in Madison, S.D. She attended elementary school in various towns in South Dakota, graduating from high school at Plainview Academy in Redfield, S.D, May 11, 1940. She started nurse’s training at Union College in Lincoln, Neb., in 1942, earning her tuition making potato chips. On Sept. 3, 1947, she completed her diploma nurse’s course at Boulder (Colo.) Sanitarium School of Nursing.
In 1946, an ambitious young wheat farmer, Jacob Beierle, began pressing his suit for her favor and on Oct. 5, 1947, they were married in Sioux Falls, S.D. Jacob, Goldie and Kenton then settled down on his wheat farm outside of Commerce City, Colo. While living there, a son, Floyd, and a daughter, Doris, joined the family.
In 1959, the family moved to a ranch outside of Hot Springs, S.D., moving again in 1967 to Gentry, Ark., where the winters weren’t quite so cold. In 1978, Jacob and Goldie settled into a new home in Deming, N.M.. There they celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. Through the years, Goldie worked as an RN in the local hospitals and doctor’s offices as an OB nurse, nursing administrator and clinic nurse.
After her husband passed away in March of 1988, Goldie chose to move to Walla Walla to be closer to her daughter. In 2000, she set up a home next to Ben and Doris in the orchard that she loved. There her family determined to honor her wish to stay in her home as long as she was safe to do so.
Goldie always had an encouraging smile and was a blessing to many in her lifetime. Her favorite things were reading to herself, or out loud, rides in the mountains, picnics, bouquets of flower, listening to the sound of frogs in the evening, good food – like waffles, homemade granola, citrus fruit, potato chips and chocolate with nuts, watching great movies with the grandkids, singing, music, clothes that were blue or other pretty colors, and being home with family.
Goldie passed away at the age of 91 at Walla Walla General Hospital ER on April 23, 2013, moments after she arrived.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Mary and Aaron Weber; her husband, Jacob Beierle; her brothers, Jaye, Lloyd and Roy Weber. She is survived by her two youngest brothers, Duane and John Weber; her children and their spouses, Kenton and Sandy Beirle of Las Vegas, Floyd and Claudie Beierle of Wrightstown, N.J., Doris and Ben Tucker of Milton-Freewater; six grandchildren, Kenny Beirle, Diedre Beirle, Melissa Haugsted, Jacob Tucker, Nicholas Beierle and Jeremiah Tucker; nine great-grandchildren; and many others who lovingly called her “Grandma Goldie.”
We will all miss her, but God knows the best time for us to take our rest. We look forward to the day Jesus will return and those who “sleep in death ... will all be changed. It will take only a second – as quickly as an eye blinks – when the last trumpet sounds. The trumpet will sound, and those who have died will be raised to live forever, and we will all be changed. When this happens, this Scripture will be made true: “Death is destroyed forever in victory.” “Death, where is your victory? Death, where is your pain?” “But we thank God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Cor. 15:51-58 NCV
Goldie’s resting place will be in Deming, N.M., next to her husband, until those, “who have died believing in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive will be gathered up with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And we will be with the Lord forever. So encourage each other with these words.” 1 Thes. 4:16-18