Beda Burke Quattlebaum Page, 98, passed away in Greenville, on the morning of Jan. 25, 2017. Beda Burke was the fourth child, born Aug. 2, 1918, on a farm near Kingston, to Claude Marvin and Emma Cordelia Albert Quattlebaum.
The family moved to Chelsea, Okla., in 1923, where Beda started her education in a one-room schoolhouse and began picking cotton with her father and siblings. It was through picking cotton that she learned the value of hard work. The family returned to Texas in 1925, where they continued to work on the family farm.
She graduated from Caddo Mills High School, as valedictorian, in 1935, and went on to attend Draughon's Business College in Dallas. For many years, she enjoyed a very rewarding business career working with some of the most successful entrepreneurs in Dallas.
Beda was married and widowed twice. She eventually retired in Pittsburg, Texas. She loved to travel and collect antiques. In Pittsburg, she opened an antique shop, because she liked people and said, "I did not want to sit down and mildew."
In 1998, she returned to Caddo Mills for the third time where she opened and operated Beda's Antiques and Treasures Shop from her home.
Beda Burke was preceded in death by her husbands, John Page and John McCain; her parents, who she loved dearly and missed daily; her brothers, Claude "Buddy" Quattlebaum and Dickey Quattlebaum; her sisters, Ruth Q. Williams, Thelma Q. Davenport and Nelda Q. Reeder; and her granddaughter, Amanda Campbell.
Those left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Beverly Campbell; grandchildren, Kimberly Van Houten, Tamara Key, Chrystal White and Clifford Campbell; nephews, Kenneth Williams, Wendell Williams, Michael Reeder and Patrick Reeder; eight great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; great-nieces, Rhonda Young, Cassandra Galvan, Shanna Jennings and Shelley Ship; a great-nephew, Nicholas Reeder; and many friends and cousins.
Beda Burke's legacy is one of love for family and friends. She taught by example determination, hard work, entrepreneurship, continual learning, joyful living and faith. Every night she thanked God for giving her an additional day on this earth and the strength and health to fulfill her purpose.
Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m., today, at Lynch Funeral Home, Caddo Mills.
In lieu of flowers, online condolences may be made at www.lynchfuneralservice.com.
Published on January 27, 2017