Nyda Ray Beeson, 1928 ~ 2008

On Monday, June 23, 2008, Nyda Beeson, of Boulder City, Nev. passed on. She was born September 13, 1928, in Rifle, Colo., to Dan and Helen Winbourn.

Nyda married Roy M. Beeson on Jan. 9, 1946 in Las Vegas, Nev., where they made their home until 1980 when they moved to Boulder City, Nev. In the 61 years of marriage they enjoyed many activities together, most of which included being outdoors and being with family.

Nyda enjoyed everything she did especially if it Included her kids and grand kids. She spent 15 years teaching physically and mentally challenged students to swim at the YMCA, and at Helen J. Stewart School. Her love of water also beckoned her to enjoy many days on Lake Mead, water skiing and boating.

She spent many years involved in off road racing with Southern Nevada Off Road Enthusiasts, where she was known to be an active club member participating in the racing of the Powder Puff series, holding office and spending many hours running check points, where she earned the knick name, “The Tuff Ole Blister.”

In her later years, her time was spent with Roy, and the various gem clubs in Nevada and California, collecting rocks and making many beautiful things out of them, including all types of jewelry, and other things like gorgeous lamp shades and delicate wind chimes.

Nyda and Roy’s love of the lapidary arts bade them to venture the deserts all over the West, looking for gems in the rough. She always had a creative eye when it came to seeing things that others could not, and loved sharing what she could find.

She is survived by daughters, Francis Anderson of Greenville, Calif., Dana Beeson of Moab, Tami Oinsman of Henderson, Nev. and sons, Roy Mark Beeson of La Sal, Utah, Richard Beeson and daughter-in-law Rae Lynn, of Boulder City. She is also survived by nine grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren and 17 great-great-grandchildren.

There was an open house held in her honor at the home of her nephew P.D. Steele, in Las Vegas, Nev. on Saturday June 28.