1913 - 2012
Longtime area resident, Beulah May Marr, 99, passed
away peacefully with family and caring staff, November 30,
2012, at Regency at the Park in College Place, Washington.
She was born October 15, 1913, in Yakima, Washington,
to Orville Jennings and Alta Verna Dorsett. She was raised
on the family fruit farm in Yakima with two brothers,
Orville and Alvin, and sister Flossie.
When her busy mother needed a babysitter, she took Beulah to the corral and placed
her on the back of Eagle, the buggy horse. Her love of horses
continued throughout her life.
Home front duties during World War II meant a lot of things
to a lot of people. She was at once attracted to an advertisement
that said the U.S. Army Air Corps needed drivers at the new
Walla Walla air base and also needed places for married and
unmarried women to stay off-base. At that time, the Marrs were
living in a four-bedroom home on the corner of Walla Walla
Avenue and North Roosevelt Street. They agreed to allow the
three upstairs bedrooms to be used for “wives and sweethearts”
of enlisted men training at the air base. Beulah also applied to
become a driver. For Beulah, it meant learning to drive large
2½ ton trucks. One of her jobs was to drive flight crews to
Pendleton, where they were flown back to Seattle after delivering
new B-17 bombers from the Boeing factory to Walla Walla.
She met the love of her life, Max B. Marr, a new WSC college
graduate, at a church social in Yakima, Washington in 1931,
and they married in Yakima on June 11, 1932. They moved
from Shelton, Washington to Walla Walla in 1941 and joined
the Central Christian Church. The couple owned and operated
Green & Jackson Drug from 1944 to 1971 and opened M&R
Drug, Plaza Shopping Center, in 1960. Beulah worked as Post
Mistress at M&R Drug Postal Sub Station as well as bookkeeper
for both businesses, retiring in 1971 when the stores were sold.
Horses were the family hobby. Through the years they
were members of several riding groups. Beulah was a charter
member and past president of Blue Mountain Riders. As
members of the Pioneer Posse, she and Max square danced as
partners on matched horses.
They were members of Good Sam and Idle Roamers travel
groups. Upon retirement they became snow birds, traveling
throughout the United States and Mexico by RV for over 10
years, with Beulah at the wheel! They once were members at
the Walla Walla Country Club and later Beulah golfed with the
ladies at Veteran Memorial Golf Course.
Though her family was of utmost importance to her, she also
enjoyed memberships in many Masonic organizations. She
was a charter member and Past Royal Matron of Golden Sheaf
Court #60 Order of Amaranth. Also a fifty-year member and
Past Worthy Matron of Alki Chapter #25 Order of Eastern Star.
Still active at 98 years old, she was Grand Court Representative
of the State of Kansas. She enjoyed the Order of the White
Shrine of Jerusalem, Narcissa Rebekah Lodge #2, and Daughters
of the Nile. She was a member of the Guardian Council #52 of
the Order of Job’s Daughters and on the Advisory Board for
Rainbow Girls, where for many years she became a memorable
influence on the young ladies in both organizations.
Beulah loved her four years at Eagle Meadows Assisted
Living. Special to her were the friendships she made there, the
country bus trips, the Senior Center, and winning at Bingo!
Her 99th birthday celebration, generously hosted by Eagle
Meadows, brought a special joy to her and her many friends
and family who attended.
Those left to mourn their loss are her three daughters:
Beverly (Steve) Southerland of Clarkston, Washington; Donna
(Mark deceased) Hanebut of Walla Walla; and Sandra (Len)
Conlee of Prescott, Washington; brother, Orville Dorsett, Jr.
and cousin, Sam Best, both of Seattle, Washington; eleven
grandchildren; thirty great-grandchildren and twenty-four
great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her
husband, Max, in 2005; her sister, Flossie Newland; her brother,
Alvin Dorsett; her grandson, Dennis Jones; her granddaughter,
Lisa Southerland; and son-in-law Mark Hanebut.
A memorial service will be held in the spring of 2013, at
Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt, 1551 Dalles Military Road,
Walla Walla, Washington. Memorial contributions may be
made to Shriners Children’s Hospital in Spokane, WA. through
the funeral home.
Friends may write memories and sign the online guestbook