A Story of Mom:
Beulah Jean Calhoun Was born to the late Elijah and Ruby Smith, on October 18, 1940 in Mesa, Arizona.
Beulah Jean started her early education in Mesa, not much later, she and her seven siblings were relocated to San Bernardino, CA, where she completed her education, and began working as a nursing assistant at the San Bernardino Medical Center. She soon met, and married the late “Kenny” (John) H. Calhoun, then, they as a family, relocated to Sacramento, CA in 1966.
Beulah is survived by her six children: Veoletta (Luther) Randle, of Arizona; Ruby (Wendell) Calhoun-Fishman, of California; Mercuri Calhoun-Pernell, of California; Keeli (Anthony) Cameron, South Carolina; and (twins on the end) Kenneth Calhoun, of California and Kenna Reid, of South Carolina. She is also survived by ten grandchildren: Shelley, Jarrett, Jonathan; Vincent, Crystal, Natalie; Chenoa; Cory, Nicholas, and Alexa; and three Great Grandchildren: Kamaya, Prince, and Ayanna. Beulah was also survived by her sister, Wilola Davis-Cook, of California and her brother, Steve Smith, of California. She was predeceased by her loving husband in 1998. Beulah Jean’s siblings Marie Harris, Vinnie Mae Smith, Walter Smith, Alice Goodloe, and Gladys Hill, all preceded her in death. Beulah is survived by a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and loyal friends.
Beulah’s was loving, inquisitive, adventurous and extremely humorous. Her vivacious personality has endeared many friends and relatives to her, and has left them with wonderful memories, funny stories, and amazing adventures to recount. Her unique outlook on life was one that attracted greats friends from a variety of ages, backgrounds and cultures. Many, after meeting her, would go on to become “lifelong” friends or “chosen” family members. She was very open to creating and maintaining meaningful relationships and she always made each of her friendships a part of her life story.
Beulah was a hard worker, who worked fulltime for 15 years as a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN), at UC Davis Medical Center. It was during this same time period, that she obtained a college degree, managed a wonderful home, while taking care of her husband and six children. She did all this during a time that most married women did not work outside of the home. This showed a modern-day attitude and she set a fine example for her six children on being hard-working and resourceful.
Beulah’s second love was the love of cooking and baking, of which everyone, far and near, have attested to be phenomenal. All who were invited, loved to eat the amazing dishes she created from scratch. Yeast Rolls, Sweet Potato pies, Peach and apple cobblers, her German Chocolate and Strawberry-Marshmallow-Cream cakes, and so much more. She always viewed her cooking skills as a gift and she absolutely loved sharing that gift with the people she cared about the most.
Beulah also enjoyed the thrill of travel. She traveled many years while she could, traveling to visit friends and relatives all around the country.
Beulah’s children and grandchildren have all expressed the deep and pure love they have for their lovely mother and grandmother. They know they will never, ever, ever, forget her and all the wonderful memories they have shared together! They will, just for now, consider “Momma,” (or Grandma), to be on a long, restful trip. They anticipate a grand, loving, and happy family reunion, when they will be reunited with her once again.
The children want to express how grateful they are to Jehovah, the True and Living God, who has blessed them by providing such a beautiful, loving and generous mother.
They truly have faith in the Bible’s teaching of the Resurrection of the Dead, as taught by Jesus Christ, himself:
At John 5: 28, 29, it reads – “Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life, and those who practiced vile things to a resurrection of judgment."
Thursday, February 9, 2023
Starts at 12:00pm (Pacific time)
Pleasant Grove Cemetery