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Beulah "Boots" Deeds

Obituary for Beulah "Boots" Deeds

August 10, 1934 - October 26, 2018
Jonestown, Texas | Age 84


Beulah Mae Cochran Deeds, 84, of Jonestown, known by friends and family as Boots, went to be with the Lord on Friday, October 26, 2018. Boots was born in Marion County, Ohio on August 10th, 1934 to Mary Wolfe Cochran and George Washington Cochran. She was the 14th of 17 children.

Boots graduated from Caledonia High School in 1952. Boots married the love of her life, David Arthur Deeds, on March 27th, 1955. They moved to Boston, MA for David to finish his Army service where they had their first son a couple years later. After David's service, they moved to Columbus, Ohio for David to start college at Ohio State University and had their second son. Boots supported David through college by working three jobs – waitressing, taking in ironing, and taking care of other children – all while raising their own two sons.

They moved to Lexington, KY in 1961 where David began his career at IBM. Their third son, Mark Steven, was born in 1961 and died later that year during brain surgery. Their daughter was born a couple years later before the family moved to Austin, TX in 1967.

Boots was a cheerleader in high school, and she shared her joyous spirit and energy throughout her life. She sang silly songs and played with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She made learning the Bible and how to be a Christian fun through decades of teaching kids Sunday School classes. She was often the first to greet new visitors at church, with many sharing that her warmth, openness, and loving welcome made a difference to them. Boots didn't know what a stranger was and would instantly strike up a conversation with anyone she met.

Boots was a church servant, leading youth groups, Sunday School and confirmation classes for many years. She loved to decorate for all sorts of events and organized new member socials. She served as church membership secretary at Saint John's United Methodist Church in the 1980s and was recognized for her loyal and dedicated service in 1986. After many years of involvement in Family Camp at Saint John's, she founded Family Camp for Leander UMC in 1999. She was recognized by Bishop Joel Martinez of the Southwest Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church for her leadership in new member programs.

Boots was also a community servant. She was an active organizer in Campfire Girls and band boosters for many years. In 1971, she supported the campaign of Berl Handcox, the first African-American elected to Austin City Council. She worked at voting polls in Austin and Jonestown many times. She received the 2003 Member Select Award by the Jonestown Chamber of Commerce for her community service.

Boots loved spending summers camping with her family in the mountains of Colorado and visited all 50 states in her lifetime. She loved running, hiking, skiing, playing cards, and decorating.

She is survived by son, John Deeds and wife Lisa; son, Darryl Deeds; daughter, Jeri Lynne Hilsabeck and husband Mike; granddaughter, Jennifer Greenstreet and husband Jordan and great grandson Jaeken; granddaughter, Carinne Deeds; grandson, Justin Hilsabeck, wife Lizzie and great grandson Paxton; grandson, Dakota Deeds; and sisters Darlene Blashinsky, Linda Shingler, Betty Berridge, Mary June Miller. She was preceded in death by husband, David Deeds; son, Mark Steven Deeds, both of her parents and twelve siblings.

The family would like to invite friends to a memorial service to celebrate the life of Boots on Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 3:00 pm at Leander United Methodist Church (107 S. West St, Leander, Texas 78641) with a reception to follow at the church.

The family wishes to express their thanks and appreciation to their friends, family, and loving church family for the wonderful support and prayers during the past several years that Boots struggled with Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. Boots wanted to continue to touch lives through her witness to Jesus Christ by supporting the growing community of Leander. Should friends desire, memorial contributions can be made to the Leander United Methodist Church Endowment Fund at 107 S West St, Leander, TX 78641.

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