Beulah "Bea" M. Dutchess, 86, Galveston, passed away Sunday evening, Jan. 14, 2018, with her family at her home.
She was born June 3, 1931, in Cass County, to Kenneth and Dorothy (Morgan) Osborn. She married Creg Dutchess on Feb. 23, 1985, in Kokomo. He preceded her in death on Feb. 19, 2015.
Bea retired from nursing in 1990 with several years of service. She enjoyed her dachshunds, flowers and the hummingbirds they brought to her yard. She also enjoyed trips to the Casino Riverboats with her husband Creg and spending time with her grandchildren.
Surviving family include her children, Andy Bookmiller, Dan (Deb) Bookmiller, Debbie (Rob) Gottschall and Patti (Wayne) Harris; and her grandchildren, Zach (Tina) Bookmiller, Zeb (Jolene) Bookmiller, Tammy (James) Foust, Terry (Amanda) Alexander, Dawn (Jeb) Templeton, Scott (Rachel) Harris and Samantha Gottschall. She is also survived by 17 great-grandchildren, a special great-grandson, Jason Alexander; her sisters, Edna Birnell of Logansport and Marge Hilton, Walton; and her sister-in-law, Diana Osborn of Walton. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Creg, three brothers and a one daughter, Ellen Darlene.
A celebration of Bea's life will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 19 at Murray Weaver Funeral Home in Galveston, with Pastor Dennis Riggs officiating. Burial will follow at Galveston Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18 at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations to the Walton American Legion Post No. 418, Walton.
Murray Weaver Funeral Home in Galveston has been entrusted with arrangements. www.murrayweaverfuneralhome.com.
Published on January 15, 2018