Beulah Dalton Rakes, age 89, formerly of Dublin passed away Tuesday, April 13, 2010 in the Snyder Nursing Home, Salem, Virginia.
Born February 21, 1921 in Carroll County, she was the daughter of the John Barney Dalton and Sarah Cox Dalton. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by one sister, Thelma Burke Byrd; and five brothers; Troy Dalton, Austin Dalton, Garnett Dalton, Paul Dalton, and Edward Dalton.
Mom was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She lived her life with such grace, love and dignity. Her life was a wonderful example of how you should live your life. She showed such love and respect for everyone. She always took care of everyone’s needs first, never thinking of herself. Mom’s greatest joy was taking care of her family. She adored her grandchildren. She was a long time member of the Dublin Baptist Church. Her beautiful smile will never be forgotten. We will cherish her memory always-what an honor it was to call her Mother.
She is survived by: her husband of 70 years, Joseph Madison Rakes; children, Bonnie Clark and husband, Fred of Dublin, Linda Marshall and husband, Billy of Salem, Larry Rakes and wife, Deborah of Forest, Beulah Jane Rakes of Hillsville; grandchildren, Natalie Mawyer and husband, Michael, Todd Marshall and wife, Sharon, Lori Rakes; great-grandchildren, Zachery Biggs, Bethany Biggs, Tori Marshall; three great-great-grandchildren, sister, Ruth Jean Shell and husband, W.G.-Roanoke; sisters-in-law, Violet Rakes and Ethel Cox; brother-in-law, Noah Rakes and wife, Barbara.
Funeral services will be conducted Friday 2 p.m. in the Bower Funeral Home Chapel, Pulaski with Rev. Phil Taylor officiating. Interment will follow in Highland Memory Gardens, Dublin. The family will receive friends on Friday from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the funeral home prior to service time.
The family would like to thank Snyder Nursing Home for the wonderful care our Mother received. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials in her memory be sent to the resident activity fund at Snyder Nursing Home,11 North Board Street, Salem, Virginia 24153.
Bower Funeral Home, Pulaski is handling the arrangements for the family.