Do You Remember?
Do you remember Beulah Stillwell Hovermale?
Beulah, the "Avon Lady" as she was known in later years, was a schoolteacher for several years at the "Glass" School north of St. Francisville and northeast of Bunker Hill School. These early schools were all consolidated into the large schools in the area. Her parents were John and Mary Stillwell of St. Francisville, even though she was born in Allendale. They lived on 11th Street. Beulah and her husband, Louis Hovermale, lived across the street from them. The couple didn't have any children, but she did have a beloved nephew, Charles Hovermale.
Beulah was a member of the E.U.B. Church and taught Sunday School. After that church closed, she became a member of the Christian Church.
She loved to crochet and gave people some beautiful gifts. She made a beautiful crochet hanging of the Lord's Prayer that she gave to the Christian Church. It is hanging at the church in a glass case, today.
Many times, when she heard someone was in the hospital, she would make them a lap robe and deliver it to them. Her niece, Marian, was given some crocheted pieces, including tablecloths which she made.
She was always crocheting if she wasn't on her Avon route or helping people who were in need. Beulah would drive them to their appointments, and, if some required money to meet their needs, she would see to that, too. Many didn't know how much she helped others, for she never told what she did.
She fell quite a bit before going to the nursing home in 1999. She was there about six months and then went to her reward.