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MILDRED LOVE (Millie) BEEGHLY WENT TO BE WITH HER LORD
Mille was born July 13, 1920 to Mildred Morton, and Henry Jack Gladden in Desdemona Texas. Growing up in the depression years was very hard on ranch families.
My father raised horses, and cattle which he supplied to rodeos from Cheyenne Wyoming to Madison Square Garden New York City, in the borough of Manhattan. I was only eight years old at that time, and I rode my pony in the opening parade preceding the rodeo performances. Myself, and my brother Jack who was five years old at the time, had a very different childhood than most other children at that age.
Our family traveled in a special fitted railroad car that was attached to the train that was transporting the animals for the rodeo along with the men, and women who were the stars of the event, and were real cowboys, cowgirls, and Indians.
The annual trip was from Cheyenne Wyoming to New York’s Madison Square Garden where the final show of the year was held. Unlike a real Geography class, it was a first-hand encounter seeing the country, and a vast array of people across the United States.
Going back to school in September was a very dull necessity compared to the first hand experience of traveling with a live rodeo.
In 1938 I married Walter Leon Brooks, and we raised three son’s Stephen, Michael and Craig. My family was my passion along with having their Santa Ana home always ready for friends, family, and church events.
Some of the early experiences for the boys was taking them to South Santa Ana to watch the unloading of the circus animals from the railroad cars at 5 am and watch them carry pails of water for the elephants, or another time waking them in the early morning hours to drive down town to watch the firemen try to save the Broadway theater from completely burning down.
Her love of the Lord gave her a joy in her life that brief interludes of disappointment could not suppress.
The Brooks marriage ended in 1967. I soon opened a decorator shop in the newly opened Montgomery Wards in Honer Plaza. After a year May Company hired me to develop a decorator shop in their new store in Torrance.
In 1970 I married Dr. Bob Shuler. We spent the next thirty years traveling, and developing properties in Torrance, Redondo Beach, Palos Verdes, Huntington Beach, Big Bear Lake and Apple Valley. I would draw the plans for remodeling the properties, and Bob would oversee developing, and building them, which was a good blend of skills, and strength with never a dull or boring moment.
While I was working, and Dr. Bob teaching at El Camino College in Torrance we purchased their prized accomplishment, a 3 story Chalet in Big Bear City, which could sleep twenty people for church youth retreats, which created a weekend of challenges, fellowship, fun and games. It was a time for youth to make or recommit their lives to God.
Mille is survived by a wonderful blended family: Son’s Michael and Craig Brooks, and Steve Brooks (deceased), and extended family Judy Brooks, Bob Shuler III, Judy Shuler Turner, Jill Shuler Howard, Jan Shuler Jones and all their families. Six Grandsons, two Granddaughters, fifteen great Grandchildren, and five Great, Great Granddaughters.
On February 11, 2010 I married my wonderful husband Tom Beeghly, a great friend of many years, not only was Tom a wonderful person he brought Six more wonderful kids into my life. Wow!! How lucky to add six new families to her life? God has been so good to her in so many ways.
My prayers to all of you.
Grand Children: David, Che’, Noah, Julay, Stevie, Jason, Shannon, and Sloane.
Great Grandchildren: Allie, Chelsea, Stephan, Allie Kay, Shelby, Christian, Becker, Calvin, Gavin, Madison, Taylor, Daniel, Payton, & Lily.
Great, Great Grandchildren: Emily, Jason, Marley Love, Gunner, & Hadley
A memorial will be held on Saturday, November 3, 2018 time and place yet to be determined.
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