Beryl Dulson, of Clear Lake Shores, passed away on Friday, September 9, 2016 at her home in Clear Lake Shores at the age of 77. She was born on June 24, 1939 in Wales.
Survived by her husband Harold and niece and nephew Tommy and Bonnie Pitman.
Starting before the second world war, Arthur Dulson and his wife Hilda were dairy farmers in the village of Trevallyn near Wrexham, North Wales. On June 24, 1939 their first child, Beryl, was born. She was born in the same bed and attended by the same doctor that delivered her father, Arthur. The following years brought the birth of her brother, Leonard, and then her sister, Joan. They also brought a night sky with Nazi bombers headed for the factories near Manchester, England a few miles north. Behind tightly closed blackout curtains a frightened Beryl was wanting the light to be left on in her room. Her father agreed with the unforeseen result that she would require that a light be left on while she slept for the rest of her life. British trade was severely choked off by the Nazis so that Britain could hardly feed itself. Most men and older boys were serving in the armed forces. Farmers were indispensable and not drafted. Beryl was one of very few of her friends to know their fathers at the time. In time the war passed and Beryl attended Grove Park high school in Wrexsham and went on the train in Liverpool and become an occupational therapist. This led to work on the Isle of Wight in a convalescent home for British officers that had been converted from a home for royalty. It was there that she learned to believe in ghosts. A spirit of adventure led her to setting a goal of working her way around the world. One of her resumes landed her a job in a hospital in upstate New York. She liked the cold weather there no better than she had in Wales so a chance encounter with an American OT led to a job at UTMB in Galveston, Texas. After driving down to Texas she wrote to her mother that she had driven 1700 miles in three days. Her mother got out her maps, studied them and wrote back “are you sure? A trip of that length from here would put you near Moscow.”
In the nineteen seventies, Beryl met a computer programmer who worked for a government contractor at the LBJ Space Center. In 1978 they were married. It was a late and first marriage for both. Their travels carried them to Europe, China, Southeast Asia and Russia. In 1979 her husband got a job offer to work in Saudi Arabia. They talked it over, she quit her job and they lived in Saudi for a bit less than two years. Being retired did not suit Beryl so upon her return from Saudi she returned to OT, eventually returning to UTMB in Galveston and subsequently retiring in 1995. After retirement she and her husband drove to Alaska during the summer of 1995 and returning to Minnesota where her sister and sister’s husband were touring with a Welsh choir.
Beryl was a royalist and admirer of British values. Guy Fawkes day, St. David’s day (Wales) and bocing day were noted and activities of the royal family were frequently recorded and viewed. She loved this country but never became a citizen. Beryl strongly believed that people who had the initiative to emigrate and come to America added much to America. When she was nine years old, a friend taught her how to tat. She had been dealing with fiber and fabric and she became accomplished at sewing, quilting and embroidery. She read enormously and most enjoyed well researched and well written historical novels.
Her loss is deeply felt.
A Grave Side ceremony will be held on Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 10am at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Dickinson. In lieu of flowers, you may send memorials to a charity f your choice. You are also invited to share your favorite story of Beryl by sending it to email@example.com
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Crowder Funeral Home, League City, 281-332-2727