On Wednesday, January 6, 2021, Beulah Ruth O’Donnell (also affectionately known as Granny) claimed her angel wings and took her place in Heaven at the age of 79.
Granny was born on June 21, 1941 in the little town of Tryon, Okla., to Otie Faye and Helen Ruth Wilson. She graduated from Carney High School in the Class of 1959 and went on to create a wonderful life full of love and everlasting memories. She married Robert “Bob” O’Donnell and together they raised four amazing children: Tammy, Bobby, Karen and Mickey.
Granny definitely showed her love in her food and if you tasted any one of her pies then you knew she poured her love into every bite. If you ever popped in for visit one of the first phrases that always came out of her mouth was “Are you hungry? There’s stuff in the fridge, I can whip you up something to eat.” And even if you politely declined you couldn’t get of there without at least having a snack.
Granny loved her family, her friends, and her community dearly. She was always first in line to volunteer for any school function and you could always depend on her unwavering support. She prepared countless batches of homemade chicken noodles and spaghetti for numerous FFA banquets over the years. And you could always count on an intense bidding war over her baked goods at every silent auction, which always sold for top dollar. She loved seeing the community come together to support the kids at the school. You could always find her on the sideline of every baseball, softball and basketball game cheering on grandkids and her great-grandkids. You could also count on a little one climbing up in her lap to be smothered in her kisses and her hugs, which were always the best.
Granny’s love was never ending. Once you were a member of the family you were ALWAYS a member of the family, no matter what happened. As years went on and families separated her love for them was unwavering. Two people that she always spoke so fondly of were Chris Caley (father of Jayden) and Mattie O’Donnell (mother of Cooper) and she always made sure that they were included in everything.
Granny was preceded in death by her parents (Otie and Helen) and father of her children (Bob O’Donnell). Still left to carry on the memories of this wonderful woman is a laundry list of family. Her four children: daughter Tammy O’Donnell, son Bobby O’Donnell and wife Christy, daughter Karen Vandegrift and husband Jim, son Mickey O’Donnell and wife Alicia. Her six grandchildren: Laura Caley, Charlie O’Donnell and wife Deborah, Robby O’Donnell, Ryan Higgins and husband Josh, Randee O’Donnell and fiancé Chris, and Taylor O’Donnell and fiancé Devan. Her 10 great-grandchildren: Jayden Caley and Madison Trevino; Cooper O’Donnell; Bryleigh and Blake O’Donnell; Jagger and KyLee O’Donnell; Wyatt, Katelynn, and Paxton Higgins. Along with numerous cousins, extended family, and an extraordinary number of friends.
Per Granny’s request there will not be an official funeral since she hated the thought of people being sad when she went to join the Lord. Instead rejoice in knowing that she has been reunited with her parents and of course someone has to keep those O’Donnell men in line up there. Instead of flowers, a donation will be made to the Carney FFA program in her name. Donations can be dropped off or mailed to Laura Caley at 206 N. Otoe St., Carney, OK 74832 or Laura can be contacted via Facebook.