Beulah McCreery has 6 family members who call her “grandma.” She also has 8 great-grandchildren, and 10 great-great-grandkids.
While most of us find it hard to imagine a neighborhood without a car parked outside every home on the street, or a life without a multitude of entertainment at our fingertips, Beulah McCreery can imagine such a world by just reminiscing fond memories from her past.
The woman from Miller County in Tuscumbia, Missouri, can effortlessly paint a picture of the world she grew up in over a century ago after her birth in 1912.
“We didn’t have a car. We didn’t go to town and buy toys like they do now,” Beulah told KRCG. “We had picnics and we would go to the picture shows, and that was about all the entertainment we had back then.”
Today, Beulah can boast of having celebrated 108 birthdays so far in one lifetime. And she can also proudly recall special moments that took place in her life decades ago, including the very first date that she ever had.
Before going to a dance, Beulah accompanied her date to a dog and pony show that day.
“Raymond came along and asked me to go with him and I went,” Beulah shared. “You probably won’t believe this, but it only took a dime to get in. Ten cents and I didn’t even have ten cents. So, he paid my way and that was my first date.”
Since then, Raymond became more than just the person who took her out on her first date. The two of them got married and went on to have a long-lasting marriage of more than seven and a half decades.
“They had a big shivaree that night,” Beulah said as she called the day she tied the knot with Raymond. “They were still shivareeing people.”
In the 76 years that they were together, Beulah and Raymond became parents to their two sons, Roger and Lee, who were raised on their family farm near the place that was called Stoutsville in Monroe County back then.
“My mother worked really hard on the farm. Not just in the house, but outside too,” said Beulah’s son, Roger.
Roger also remembers how his mother would not spare the rod when it came to disciplining her children. “She had what she called a butter paddle, it was a paddle that she formed butter with and that’s what she used on us and she used it fairly regularly,” Roger said.
“They got a paddlin’ every once in a while,” Beulah also admitted.
Beulah and her family made several memories at their family farm but today, their farm is no more. The Mark Twain Lake is flowing in the area that was once the farm that Beulah and her family lived on.
Currently, Beulah lives at the Miller County Care and Rehabilitation Center in Tuscumbia and has six family members who call her “grandma.” Beulah is also the great-grandmother to eight and a great-great-grandmother to 10.
Having been a teacher at Sunday School for several years, Beulah believes that her faith helped instill values in the generations that followed her and her husband. Beulah also shared that it’s important “to be good little boys and girls and to mind their parents and to go to church every Sunday.”
The values that their mother upheld also make Roger and Lee proud of their entire family tree as Roger added, “I’m very proud of her not just for her age, but for who she is.”
When asked what advice the 108-year-old woman would give others, Beulah said, “Treat people like they would want people to treat them. Be fair. And be good boys and girls.”