Beatrice Minnie Zikuhr, of Weimar, Texas, was born on December 17, 1941 on the same farm that she passed away on. She passed in her own living room peacefully on July 29, 2022 at 80 years of age.
Beatrice has a childhood that was a country girl’s dream. She had great, hard working and loving parents; Dad, Henry and Mom, Sophie Emmel Zikuhr. She had one brother, Alvin “Zik” almost 3 years older, whom she adored. When she was about 10, her brother came to get her out of her room saying “hurry Sis, Buck’s (Alvin’s hunting dog) got something in the woods”. She put her shoes on and was just as excited as he was to see what it was. Alvin would tell her “make sure you put the porch light on so we can find our way home if it gets dark”.
Later in life, after Beatrice graduated high school, she and her brother devoted their lives to working on the farm and taking steady jobs in town. She was a telephone operator working nights and weekends, while her brother worked days at the feed store known as the co-op. This way their parents were never alone at home. She could tell stories about those party lines. When Beatrice was 30, once again, her brother came saying “hey Sis, you got $3,600?” All she said was “yes”. Alvin said “there’s a brand new ALLIS-CHALMERS tractor at the store that cost $7,200”. Beatrice just said “well, let’s go get it. Daddy ain’t gonna spend that kind of money.” They were partners.
But soon Beatrice’s life was about to change, her dad passed away at only 67. She and her brother were left to carry on with their mother. Everything was going well, but only 3 years after their dad’s passing, her beloved brother became ill. He fought hard for a year, but lost his battle to cancer. Beatrice’s mother was naturally devastated, but Beatrice was as tough as they come. She would say “come on Mom, we have work to do in the woods”, and Beatrice got her mom through the passing of her only son.
All went well for 12 more years. Then when Beatrice was 50 years old, her mother suffered a stroke that left her paralyzed on one side of her body. Once again, Beatrice stepped up to what was placed in front of her. She completely cared for her mother at home with no outside assistance. The doctors warned her to prepare herself because they didn’t think her mother would last long. Beatrice went the next day and bought a new dress for her mother in the possibility that she would pass away quickly. Beatrice then took care of her mother for 8 more years before that dress was needed. Beatrice was now alone, but had a determination and will to move on that was unmatched.
In 2019, Beatrice herself suffered a stroke in her own garage. She was not found for one and a half days. She survived and with her determination fought back. With help, she lived three and a half more years living her favorite life on the farm. She completely enjoyed her cattle, chickens and her dog, Sonny. She also enjoyed driving to the woods and tending her raised garden from her wheelchair. She was the ultimate definition of a REAL TOUGH COUNTRY GIRL.
Some of her favorite sayings were:
Never give up, think about living.
Sometimes you get out of bed and set the world on fire, and sometimes you shouldn’t have gotten out of bed.
Thank God we don’t know what’s ahead of us.
Tell it in plain English.
Cry like a ninnie baby.
Funeral services for Beatrice will be held on Saturday, August 6, 2022 at 10:00 A.M. with Pastor Alan Kethan officiating at Hubbard Funeral Home, 216 East Jackson St., Weimar, Texas 78962. Visitation will be held from 9:00 A.M. until 10:00 A.M. on Saturday. Interment will follow at Weimar Masonic Cemetery.
Donations may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church, Lucie’s Project in Sheridan, or to the charity of one’s choice.
Services are entrusted to Hubbard Funeral Home, 216 East Jackson Street, Weimar, Texas 78962. Please log on to www.hubbardfuneralhometx.com to views Beatrice's Tribute page and to view/sign her online guestbook.