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Golda May Beals

Posted December 29, 2014 in Obituaries, West Des Moines
On Christmas Day 2014, Golda Beals joined God’s heavenly choir with her husband of 62 years by her side. Born Golda May O’Connell on January 3, 1934, in Clear Lake, Iowa, she was the seventh child of John E and Daisy (Trotter) O’Connell. The family returned to the Drake Park area of Des Moines where Golda grew up singing and playing trombone in the marching band at Tech High School. She met the love of her life, Bruce Beals (of Earlham), at a Youth Temperance Camp and married in 1952 at Gatchel United Methodist Church. They created their own little quartet when they had two children: Beth and Larry.

Golda Beals

Golda Beals

Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Monday, December 29, 2014, at Westkirk Presbyterian Church with burial to follow at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery near Van Meter.

Golda enjoyed working as a secretary in the Iowa Senate and the Executive Council for both Governor Ray and Governor Branstad, before retiring in 1996.
Golda and Bruce were regular members of the church choir at Windsor Presbyterian, and more recently Westkirk Presbyterian. Golda sang with the Sweet Adeline’s, was a soloist at various events and acted in several local theater productions. She painted, played piano, volunteered for the Republican Party, Mercy Hospital and the Civic Center.
Golda loved her family, and was especially fond of spending time with her grandchildren. We will all miss her twinkling eyes and giggle.

Golda is survived by her devoted husband, Bruce; daughter, Beth (Will) Walling; son, Larry (Cathie) Beals; grandchildren, W Andrew (Sarah) Walling; Carrie (Jacob) Nimrod; Carlie (Joey) Hajduch; Michael (Erica) Beals; six great-grandchildren; and sister, Lois (Erwin) South. She is preceded in death by her parents, siblings, Thomas, John H, Porter O’Connell, Alice Proudfit and Mary Mardis.

The family will receive friends from 3 – 5 p.m. Sunday at Iles Westover Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Golda’s memory to the Breast Cancer Research or Alzheimer’s Foundations.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the caring staff of Trinity at Luther Park.


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