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Mildred Marie Jelinek  Beasley

Obituary for Mildred Marie Jelinek Beasley

October 15, 1911 - April 22, 2017
San Antonio, Texas | Age 105

... she loved to relive and regale her loved ones with stories of her many experiences ...

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Mildred Marie Jelinek Beasley passed away on Saturday, April 22, 2017. She was born on October 15, 1911 in Granger, Texas to Engelbert and Fanny Mussil Jelinek. She graduated from the University of Texas in Austin with B.A. and M.A. degrees. In many ways, Mildred was an intellectual and independent lady ahead of her time. At the age of 21, she left America, never having traveled outside Texas, to work on her doctorate at the University of Prague. She sailed by ship from New York to Germany and journeyed by train to Czechoslovakia. She spent the next three years living with relatives, studying and traveling extensively throughout Europe. During her years in Europe, she became fluent in three languages. Unfortunately, with the German invasion of Czechoslovakia during World War II, she was forced to abandon her studies and return home. However, this was always to be one of her most memorable lifetime adventures. In later years, she loved to relive and regale her loved ones with stories of her many experiences.

Upon her return to the United States, another phase of her life began. She returned once again to Granger to teach English and Spanish. While teaching, she met her future husband Fred Beasley, an All Southwest Conference football player and University of Texas graduate. They moved to San Antonio in 1945. She became an extraordinary community volunteer, involved in many organizations and remaining active until her nineties: President of the Salvation Army Home for Girls, a State Officer, Director, and Life Time Board member of the Pan American Round Table; long time Board member of the San Antonio Art League and Conservation Society; a charter member of El Patronato; member of the Tuesday Morning Musical, St. Jude's Guild, and S.P.J.S.T. Lodge 20. She loved to travel with her niece, Norma Rhodes, and enjoyed all the experiences on the family ranches. She was always a "city girl", but delighted in the life style and antics of her West Texas friends. She was an avid reader, completed crossword puzzles in ink until the age of 103, and watched Jeopardy on a daily basis with her dear friend, Jane Fraser. She lived an exciting and adventurous life and will be loved, remembered, and dearly missed by many.

Our family wishes to extend our deepest gratitude and appreciation to Dr. Gregory Jackson, Dr. Mika Cole, Peggy Morgan and the staff of Amedisys Hospice for their devotion and loving care. We were fortunate and very blessed to have them all by our sides for many months.

Mildred was preceded in death by her husband, Fred R. Beasley, two brothers and a sister. She is survived by her daughter, Mary Kathleen Beasley; granddaughters, Kathleen Marie Salome Smith, Jennifer Ann Varni (Keith), and Kristine Brian Stewart (Mike), eight great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

The Pallbearers are Bruce Anderson, Michael Stewart, Keith Varni, Brandt Varni, Kyle Varni and Charles Rhodes. The Honorary Pallbearers are: Joseph Patrick Beasley, Sanford Grossman and Jaxson Varni.

ROSARY
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26, 2017
10:00 AM
ST.PIUS X CATHOLIC CHURCH
3907 HARRY WURZBACH ROAD

MASS TO FOLLOW
10:30 AM
ST. PIUS X CATHOLIC CHURCH

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 8111 N. Stadium Drive, Ste. 100 Houston, Texas 77054, or charity of your choice.

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Our family wishes to extend our deepest gratitude and appreciation to Dr. Gregory Jackson, Dr. Mika Cole, Peggy Morgan and the staff of Amedisys Hospice for their devotion and loving care.

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Porter Loring Mortuary

1101 McCullough Avenue
San Antonio, TX 78212
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