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My Moms a movie star"...a 4 year old son, bragged in 1954.
Lee Iris Beshear Talley passed away peacefully at Garland Serenity Nursing home early in the day on October, 12 2020. Even in her last days, she was comforted daily, visited by many loving friends and family. Her life stories, written in so many hearts are happy and will safely endure.
Lee loved each place she lived. In addition to her large remaining family, she claimed church friends as life long family too. She served others with a rare type of vitality and joy..
Lee was born February 10, 1930 in Foreman, Arkansas to Lester C. and Letha Gladys Beshear. She graduated from Foreman High School, where she was a cheer leader and was often asked to sing. She co-wrote her High School song. Lee attended Southern State Teacher's College in Magnolia, Arkansas where she met and married her life's love, James Edward Talley.
The young Talley couple moved from Arkansas to Texas so Jim, after serving in the navy in WWII, could graduate from SMU. .
Jim and Lee raised 4 children; Sandy, Steve, Ken and Michael, the latter 2, still living. Her beloved Jim passed December 1991. He was Lee's "one and only" love of her life.
Lee lived 48 years in their Garland home, before deciding to "clear clutter" moving to active Senior Apartments, Evergreen in Mesquite.
Though her beloved son, Steve (a great singer too) and his wife, who Lee loved, like a daughter, though first Steve and Diane offered their fun Mom their own home, to come live, she preferred her independence most, never wanting to be a burden. Later daughter-like Diane, again repeated the offer of her home with her special husband, Chuck and dog Marty, who also loved Lee, she preferred life on her own terms. Three other homes were offered Lee, too. She like Lee's Mom lived their own path with their Great Shepherd leading and were fearless.
Lee was happily active. She traveled the world, danced twice weekly, preferring ball room dancing and she grew an ever widening range of friends, spanning multiple cultures. I never heard her speak of any friend or family that she ever "lost" or gave up on, not even one. Once hers, then always hers truly for life..
Feisty fun, son Ken joining his Mom for Thanksgiving holiday dinners a few years back, never knew what Mom Lee's might cook. After faithfully slow cooking 60 Turkeys in 60 years, she delighted then serving enchiladas and other tasty, non traditional holiday items.
She entertained with skits at family reunions and church parties. "laughter is better than a medicine" she said quoting Proverbs..
Lee retired as a teachers aid, working in the Garland School system, where she "adopted" many kids and their parents, mentored young teachers and even a principal or 2 with common sense and a generous giving spirit...
Lee leaves her 2 sons, 8 grandkids, 29 great grandkids, and 4 great-great grandchildren to carry on her loving legacy..she knew each one by name, their inlaws, their voices on the phone and usually their family and friends pets names, Named after England's Queen, Fergie was her much loved and missed pet bull dog, though Peppy and past registered dachshunds with long German appropriate names, shortened to nicknames like Nosy, she loved greatly.
She is remembered for her generous laughter, her love for family, love for her Lord Jesus and her feisty,life long fun to be with style. She loved daughter Sandra's kids, grandkids, Richard, Jenny and Ashley as much she loved her own children. She loved her grandkids children too, an entire group, who all adored Mema..
She loved grandkids, Kim & Dan Pempin and their beautiful family in Missouri. She admired, loved and respected grandson Sam Talley, who has lived in Kansas most of his life. She loved Sam, especially he wrote her a loving letter last December. She called Amanda Hostetler "wonder woman" and thought Doug and ALL their many kids were unique super powered missionaries bound for future great things, as she said of all family. If family stumbled, she never gave up on any of them.
Lee is survived by grown sons, Ken who lives in north Texas and Michael with Judy and their large family in the Seattle, WA area. Also by her beloved brother-in-law, Robert Talley and Marilyn and their large loving family in California. Nieces, nephews Sue, Cathy, Aubrey Talley and Carol, Sanford and Rene Beshear. She loved each of these and their parents deeply. Niece Sue referred to Lee as "a treasure", her husband Don thought of Lee as an adopted mother and she loved him as a son. She loved Finis Beauchamp, now a pastor in Florida, one of several people who've said, "Lee saved my life".. .
Alma Lawson was loved like a sister of which Mom had many, though none were biological, they were.ALL sisters and they each knew it. They vacationed on cruises with Ann Dennis and Maudie, who laughed with her "sisters" kids, as they reviewed adventures they had taken to far flung world locations.
Lee will be buried next to husband, Jim, and daughter Sandra at Restland Cemetery in Dallas. She is reunited now with these, Lee's Mom and many others that she invited to her new Home now. Lee invites ALL who read this to come be adopted by Him and become part of her eternally happy family.
Lee's invitation is the same to you that Lee heard, as a young girl listening to the words of a popular radio song. (If you haven't heard it, she might suggest Louis Armstrong, Sachmo's (not a downer) YouTube's version of, "oh when the Saints, go marching in, when the Saints go marching in, O Lord I want to be in THAT number, when the Saints go marching in" .
She knew at that time, she wouldn't be "marching in" so by herself, after reading her small WWII Bible given to all military recruits, which her brother, then gave her. Lee, then announced