Virginia Muriel (Byer) Beadle,89. was reunited with her family in Heaven in the early morning hours of November 29, 2019, in Powder River, Wyoming, where she was living with family.
Virginia was born in Valentine, Nebraska on June 13, 1930, to George and Harriet Byer. She was the second of their 9 children. As a girl, growing up in Casper, a part of a large family, Virginia spent many happy years rock hunting with her parents, learning to cook under her mother’s tutelage, and sharing precious times with her siblings. It was in her childhood home that her helping heart was born, as she watched her parents help anyone in need, and never turn away a hungry person…friend or stranger. It was in this home that Virginia would learn that there is always a way to stretch the meal to accommodate more people. The depression years, into which Virginia was born, taught many people how to be generous beyond what seemed humanly possible. After attending Casper schools, she graduated from Natrona County High School in 1948.
For several years after graduating from high school, Virginia worked as an accountant at the Air Force Finance Center in Denver, Colorado. Upon moving back to Casper, Wyoming, she went to work at Natrona County Memorial Hospital (now WMC). During her years at the hospital, she was introduced to William Beadle by one of her co-workers. They were married on July 5th, 1966 and happily together for 51 years until Bill’s death in January 2018.. After leaving the hospital, Virginia went to work for the Bureau of Land Management. It was Virginia, who would later recommend her sister, Sandy for a job with the BLM, thus beginning a long career for Sandy, as well. After leaving the BLM, Virginia went to work for the Bureau of Reclamation, and upon her retirement from there, she went to work at the Natrona County Fire Department as a secretary…working under Chief Clyde Young. Most of Virginia’s working life was spent as an accountant.
Virginia had a heart for kids in trouble. She loved unconditionally, and always saw the good side of people, even those in trouble. She knew that somewhere inside what seemed like a hopeless case, was a human being who was just trying to make their way in life. Virginia was a stubborn woman, according to family members, and that really helped her when it came to be able to straighten out the kids she helped over the years. There is a good way to be stubborn and a bad way to be stubborn. I’m sure that the kids she mentored would say that she was a good kind of stubborn. It takes stubbornness to see something more in a lost soul, and to be determined to help them find their way…sometimes, in spite of themselves.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; infant daughter, Christy Marie and son, Forrest Beadle. Also preceding her in death were her sisters Evelyn Hushman, Delores Johnson, and Collene Spencer; and her brother, Larry Byer; as well as,brothers-in-law, George Hushman, Elmer Johnson, Allen Spencer, and Jack McDaniels.
She is survived by her sons, Steve (Wanda) Beadle and Billy (Janie) Beadle, and daughter Betsy (Delbert) Drake, all of Casper. She is also survived by her brother, Wayne; sisters, Dixie (Jim) Richards, Bonnie McDaniels, and Sandy Pattan; sister-in-law, Jeanette Byer; as well as numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral service at Christ United Methodist Church on Saturday, December 7. Service time pending at this time.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to Central Wyoming Hospice in Virginia’s name, as they were wonderful to her in the last weeks of her life.
Dear, sweet Virginia, you will be missed by so many.
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