Shirley Beaty
Shirley Beaty
Shirley Beaty
Shirley Beaty
Shirley Beaty
Shirley Beaty

Obituary of Shirley Jean Beaty

Shirley Jean Beaty was born on September 3, 1936 in Golden Colorado to Lloyd Hamilton & Mabel Watson. Her last days were spent with her loving husband and family at her side. She passed away from this life peacefully on December 13, 2023 at the age of 87.

Shirley lived most of her young life in Golden, Colorado, except for some early years when her father worked in various lumber mills in Colorado and Idaho. She often recounted the challenges of living in these camps during the cold and snowy winters and the many adventures exploring the woods with her much admired older brothers, Jim and Bill who no doubt “toughened up” their little sister. That “toughness”, as well as her tenderness, would serve her well throughout her life.

While attending Golden High School, at the age of Sixteen Shirley met the love of her life and the man that would become her husband, William Boyd Beaty. They were wed on June 28th, 1953. Boyd and Shirley celebrated 70 years of marriage in the presence of their family and friends this past June.

Boyd and Shirley welcomed their oldest son, Larry Beaty on May 11, 1954 and Gary Beaty on March 2, 1956. Later, they adopted their youngest son, Craig Beaty, born July 22, 1968. They lived in Wheat Ridge in their early married years and spent the last 56 in their beloved home in west Arvada.

Shirley spent most of her years as a devoted and caring Homemaker. Her affinity for baking and cooking made every holiday and special occasion a treat for her whole family. She was especially beloved for her amazing Pecan Pies and Fudge at Thanksgiving and Christmas. She also made a mean Green Chile that, when poured over burritos, became a favorite Christmas tradition.

While she spent most of her time as a homemaker, once her boys were a little older, she worked at the Jolly Rancher candy factory for several years as well as Cobe Laboratories.

After 38 years of service on the Union Pacific Railroad, Boyd retired in 1992. Boyd and Shirley were active members in the Good Sam RV Club and in retirement they traveled to many “Samborees” with their 5th wheel camper. They experienced many of the scenic and historical sites throughout the United States while making memories and lifelong friendships with many fellow RVers.

Family She Left Behind

Left to cherish her memory, Shirley is survived by her husband, Boyd Beaty; sister Sharon Cass; her sons Larry Beaty (wife Melissa), and Craig Beaty (wife Jennifer); Three grandsons - Jason Beaty, Bronson Beaty and Austin Williamson. Seven granddaughters - Anna Bradley (Husband Jeremy), Brittany Beaty, Savana Beaty, Sommer Beaty and Skylyn Beaty, Alyssa Ash, and Kailey Williamson. Eight great grandchildren - Gunnar Beaty, Connor Bradley, Braydon Bradley, Theresa Silvas, Emily Silvas, David Wayne Silvas, Joey Rizzo and most recently August Ash, born just one day before his Great Grandmas 87th birthday.

Family Who Went Before

Shirley is preceded in death by her father Lloyd Anderson, and her mother Mabel Watson; her son Gary Beaty; brothers Jim Hamilton and Bill Hamilton.

Services will be held on Thursday December 21st, 2023, at Fairmount Bible Church 15100 W 48th Ave., Golden CO 80403. Viewing at 10:00, services at 10:30 with a 12:00 interment at the Arvada Cemetery 5581 Independence St., Arvada CO 80002. A 1:00PM reception will be held at the Fairmount Bible Church.


Larry Beaty, Craig Beaty, Jason Beaty, Jeremy Bradley, Bronson Beaty, Gunnar Beaty

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Funeral Service

10:00 am - 11:30 am
Thursday, December 21, 2023
Fairmont Bible Church
15100 W 48th Avenue
Golden, Colorado, United States
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