Lifelong Plymouth resident, Wilma G. Beyler, 91, died at 3:45 a.m. of natural causes on Monday, January 3, 2000, in the Pilgrim Manor Nursing Center, 222 Parkview Drive, Plymouth, where she had lived since 1996. Wilma was a former resident of Garden Court East.
Born on April 4, 1908, on the family farm north of Plymouth, she was the daughter of Ray O. and Jessie Maude Turner Baker. She attended Plymouth schools and received her nurse’s training at Rochester’s Woodlawn Hospital.
On June 18, 1930, on the farm where she was born, Wilma and Cecil T. Beyler were married. Cecil died on May 18, 1998, after 68 years of marriage.
Wilma worked as an L.P.N. and private duty nurse in the Plymouth area including service in Parkview Hospital and Pilgrim Manor. A homemaker, she also operated a gladiola business for 34 years with her husband.
She had many worthwhile interests and talents. She loved to paint in oils. She had a green thumb and enjoyed gardening, especially her flowers that brightened so many homes. She played the piano and was a wonderful grandmother to her beloved grandchildren.
From the age of nine, for over 80 years, Wilma was an active member of the Plymouth Wesleyan Church. She was the pianist for many years and accompanied her husband’s quartet. She was a member of the Berean Class of the church Sunday school.
Wilma is survived by a son and three daughters. Her son is Ray and his wife Delores (Dodie) Beyler, Anaheim, Calif. Her daughters are Dorothy and Daren Morgan, Plymouth, Eileen and Don Cook, Rochester and Elna and Don DeFur, Noblesville, Ind.
Fourteen grandchildren, thirty-four great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren survive together with a brother, Deane W. and Babe Baker, Burr Oak, and a sister Alyce and Fawn Fritz, South Bend.
Dr. Arthur Beyler, a brother-in-law and two sisters-in-law, Elna Stallwood and Frances Crockett, survive as well.
Wilma was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Cecil, two brothers, Glenn and Stanley Baker and Irma Suter, a sister.
Friends are invited to visit with the family on Wednesday, January 5, 2000, from 4 to 8 p.m., in the Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, 1100 N. Michigan St., Plymouth, and for one hour prior to the service in the church on Thursday.
Seniors Pastor Robert Vardaman of the Plymouth Wesleyan Church, 11203 S. Michigan Road, will officiate at Wilma’s funeral in the church on Thursday, January 6, 2000, at 11 a.m.
Interment will be in Oakhill Cemetery, Plymouth.
Memorial gifts may be made in Wilma’s memory to the D.C. Youth Center of the Plymouth Wesleyan Church.