Effie Cowart Beasley Brandon Effie Cowart Beasley, 98, passed away on January 12, 2017 at Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland, Misssissippi. She was born January 30, 1918, in Blytheville, Arkansas, to the late Joseph and Anna Cowart. Effie graduated from Merigold High School in 1936 and then received her degree in Nursing in 1939. She married Wilbur Beasley in 1942 and raised her family in Meridian. She retired from Riley's Hospital after a thirty five year career as a surgical nurse. In 1985 Wilbur and Effie moved to the Brandon area to be near family. In her retirement, Effie continued using her nursing skills to care for relatives, friends, church members, and even residents at her nursing home. When her health permitted, she also enjoyed needle pointing, cross stitching and working in her flowers. Survivors include her sons--Bernie (Cathy) Beasley of Charleston, South Carolina, and Ray (Marsha) Beasley of Brandon, Mississippi-- and her sister Ethel Schmidt of Southaven, Mississippi. She also leaves four grandchildren-- Jennifer (Steve) Brown, Bern Beasley, Lee Ann (David) Rings, and J (Sarah) Beasley -- Eight great-grandchildren-- Will Fagan, Christian Fagan, Logan Kelly, Piper Brown, Will Beasley, Anna Caroline Beasley and Ann Fondren Rings-- and a host of nieces and nephews. She also leaves a special caregiver, Nicole Moore. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Wilbur Beasley, brothers, Elbert Cowart, Frank Cowart, Arthur Cowart, M. J. Cowart, and Dennis Cowart and her sisters , Clara Biggers, Pauline Finley, Lulu Fink, Lucille Dennis, and Mary Glass. Funeral services will be at 11:00am Saturday January 14, 2017 at Parkway Funeral Home in Ridgeland preceded by visitation at 10:00am. Burial will be in Lakewood Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made to your favorite charity.
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