Funeral Services for Beulah Idell Coffman, 91, of Turley, were held Monday, February 16, 2009 at the Osage Hills Christian Church in Tulsa, OK. The Reverend Chet Veazey and Hershel Martin officiated and burial was in the Rest Haven in Sperry, OK. Honorary Casket Bearers were John Spyker, Edward Spyker, Jessie Spyker, Joel Spyker, and Tim Veazey. Arrangements and services were entrusted to Johnson Funeral Home, Sperry.
Idell was born May 20, 1917 in Cazenovia, WI to James Fredrick and Martha “Mattie” (Cortleyou) Johnston. She passed away February 9, 2009 in Tulsa, OK.
Idell was a Wisconsin school teacher. She later did missionary training at the Moody Bible Institute of Chicago, and New Tribe Mission of Chicago and California. For numerous years she worked in many vacation bible schools, summer church camps, children’s activities and community clubs. With permission of the Superintendent and school board she taught Bible classes on school time in Pawnee County, OK. She worked with youth groups to perform skits in homes, churches and other communities for Easter and Christmas. She also taught youth group bible studies mid-week and in homes. Idell helped start American Inland Mission in Gentry, Arkansas. She was also an employee at the Eastern State Hospital in Vinita, OK. She left a godly legacy for all of her family.
She is survived by her son, James Spyker and wife Beverly of Dallas, TX; son-in-law, Chet Veazey of Sperry; daughter-in-law, Gayle Tapp of Enid; grandchildren, Tim Veazey and wife Kathy of Russellville, AR, Tina Crase and husband Lonnie of Sperry, Taylene Inman and husband Jim, Robin Honeycutt and husband Bill of Portland, OR, Brenda Wells of Garber, John Spyker and wife Kim of Cleburne, TX, Edward Spyker and wife Kelly of Hurst, TX, Jessie Spyker and wife Teri of Dallas, TX, Joel Spyker and wife Mary Beth, 29 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Guy Spyker, Ulysses Stephens, and Cleatus Coffman; son, Robert Spyker; daughter, Genevieve Veazey; granddaughter, Ila Jean Veazey; parents, James and Martha Johnston; brothers, Raymond Johnston, Theron Johnston, and Lyle Johnston; sisters; Florence Carter and Mary Holloway.