In Memory

Kathy Makela (Beeman)

Kathy Makela (Beeman)

Kathy Makela Beeman

Kathy departed this life on July 12, 2003.  She was born January 22, 1961 in Red Lodge, MT to Gene and Emily Makela. Kathy graduated from Edison High School in Tulsa in 1979 and earned her Nursing degree at the University of Tulsa where she was a member of the Phi Mu Sorority.

Kathy served in the Air Force and was stationed at the Air Force Acadmey in Colorado Springs. She dedicated her life to helping others as a career.  She was especially proud of having been an LPN Instructor at Tulsa Tech for much of her career.

Kathy married Scott Beeman on July 22, 1989. Scott's children, Cody, age 20 and Calen, age 17 became "their" children. Together Scott and Kathy had 2 wonderful children, Ryan, age 11 and Emily, age 8 who were the center of her very existence.

A high school trek to Philmont Boy Scout Ranch cemented her love of the outdoors and led to her service as a Ranger at Philmont for several years and her recent service on the Philmonth Staff Association.

Kathy's love of beauty in all forms, music, laughter and sense of fun graced the lives of all who have known her.

She is survived by her husband Scott; her children, Cody, Calen, Ryan and Emily; parents Gene and Emily Makela; mother and father-in-law, Emmett and Shirley Beeman; sister, Ann Makela Schneider (Kelly); brother, Matt Makela (Michelle); and her nieces and nephews, Maredith and Alex Schneider, Jason and Hannah Makela.

Service at Floral Haven, July 15, 2003 at 12:30 p.m.

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11/11/08 05:26 PM #1    

Julia Donovan

I grew up with Kathy in Brownies and then on to drama class. She was always willing to try out any character to make a part come alive.

11/16/08 06:11 PM #2    

Rusty Turner

Almost all of my best memories from high school have something to do with the band, or school plays. In both cases, Kathy was always there. She was a great friend to me, as she was to many of us.

11/16/08 08:30 PM #3    

Paul Hames

I just came upon this and I'm somewhat at a loss for words. Kathy was so full of life, always smiling. Remember that great laugh! She was an honest, constant friend and very supportive. I miss her so.

11/17/08 03:12 AM #4    

John Walker

I too just came across this and was shocked. Kathy was my "assistant" for my old magic shows and we had many great times working hard and laughing ourselves silly. She will be missed very much.

11/17/08 09:20 PM #5    

Pam Kleiman

One of my comments in my profile, spoke of a handful of people who welcomed me into a new school....Kathy was definately one of them. She was a wonderful and outgoing person and even though I didn't know her well, she certainly made an impression on me. I was so sorry to have learned of this news.

11/20/08 12:54 PM #6    

Karen Wood (Marquis)

I remained friends with Kathy until her death. It was a major shock to us all. She was a wonderful mother and friend. Kathy always had the best stories, but the main thing I miss is her laughter. I still get to see her kids, son Ryan is a junior and daughter Emily is in the 8th grade in Broken Arrow.

02/03/09 09:51 PM #7    

Bryan Buchan

I remember Kathy at the 20 year reunion. Everybody was kind of struggling getting up the nerve to do Karaoke - but not Kathy!!! She dove into it with a passion, and "woke us up" with her singing and dancing, and helped us all feel young again. And oh yeah, Kathy and I were born on the same day. She never failed to holler "Hey, birthday buddy!" any time she saw me at school. I sure enjoyed her smile and her infectious laugh!

06/09/09 11:54 PM #8    

Jill McDonald

I played slow pitch softball with Kathy and her Mom on the team of some bank her Mom worked at. Her Dad also coached one of our extra-curricular junior high teams. Lots of great memories there. This was way before Title 9 and what a difference that's made for girls' sports in schools!

We all know Kathy's humor and personality were uplifting and infectious. I'm sure all of her days here were full of passion and a joy of life. We should embrace her superb model and maximize our time and opportunities for living life to the fullest. Best wishes to all.

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