Beula Mae “Boots” Haxton, 90, died at Park Lane Nursing Home, Scott City, on April 22, 2021. She was born on Feb. 26, 1931, the youngest of eight children, to Ernest G. and Jennie (King) Walz, on the family farm southwest of Grinnell.
Her first three years of education were at Grinnell Grade School before her mother and the five youngest children moved to Oakley in 1941. She graduated from Oakley High School in 1949. Upon graduation, Beula began working for her brother, Floyd, at Walz Jewelry for two years and then became a teller at the Farmers State Bank in Oakley.
She married Don Haxton on Sept. 6, 1953. He died on April 29, 2010, in Scott City.
Shortly after their marriage, the couple moved to North Platte, Nebr., where Don worked for a commercial printing shop and Beula worked at a bank. During the next seven years, their three children were born in North Platte - Rodney (1955), David (1957), and Joni (1958). Following a year in Eaton, Colo., the couple purchased their first newspaper, The Glasco Sun, in May of 1962. They were also part owners of the Hugoton Hermes for a year. They were in between newspapers for another year, living at Norton and Alma, Nebr., before purchasing the Kiowa County Signal in Greensburg in 1970. They purchased The Kinsley Mercury in 1974. The couple semi-retired to Bella Vista, Ark., in 1984 when they sold The Mercury. Two years later they sold The Signal. The couple moved to Scott City in 2007.
Beula was an avid golfer, she loved to sew and she enjoyed dancing and big band music.
She was also preceded in death by her parents; three sisters and their husbands, Ida and John Suter, Betty and Duane Gibson, and Della and Don Lamb; four brothers, Ernie and Icie Walz, Floyd and Leah Walz, Eddie and Marguerite Walz, and Christ Walz; two grandsons, Tyler and Ryan Haxton; and a son-in-law, Randy Pottberg.
She is survived by her three children, Rod Haxton and his wife, Kathy, Scott City, David Haxton and his wife, Sherri, McPherson, and Joni Pottberg and Myles Veeder, Dodge City; four grandchildren, Jade and Troy Gilpin, Fredrick, Colo., Heather Haxton, McPherson, Jaci and Dusty Brake, Salina, and Dustin Pottberg, Dodge City; two step-grandchildren, Tony Jasnoch, Kearney, Nebr., and Melissa Jasnoch, Scott City; two of her favorite nieces, Edith Clark and Janet Collins, both of Oakley; a sister-in-law, Marjorie Jeambey, Lincoln, Nebr.; and numerous other nieces and nephews.
Cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation.
The funeral service will be held Fri., April 30, 2:00 p.m., at Price and Sons Funeral Home, Scott City. Services will be streamed live on Facebook at the Price and Sons Funeral Home page (www.facebook.com/priceandsons) starting at 1:55 p.m.
Memorials are suggested to the Ryan Haxton Memorial Fund in care of the Scott Community Foundation or Price and Sons Funeral Homes, 401 South Washington St., Scott City, Ks. 67871.