Barbara Beam (Boosalis) went home to her heavenly Father on Saturday, August 24, 2019. She was born February 21, 1951 in Santa Monica, California to Anthony and Mary Boosalis. When she was 17 years old she realized her need for a Savior and accepted Him as her only way to Heaven. Thus began a life of service for her Lord. She married her love, Charles Beam, on May 17, 1980. To this union were born 5 children, two of whom she is meeting up with again in Heaven. Barbara loved her family and was so excited to welcome the first grandchild to the family last year. Next to her love for her family was her love for her church family. She loved Freedom Baptist Church and made sure she was there every service she possibly could, even when undergoing chemo treatments. She served there as a Children’s Ministry worker for over 25 years. Teaching was another love of hers. She taught for 8 years as a Christian school teacher, then moved on to homeschooling her children. Several years ago she began substitute teaching for area schools. She loved her B.O.C.E.S. family, and they were so good to her. Her favorite Bible verse was Psalm 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.” She also loved to encourage others to live life one day at a time.
Barbara is preceded in death by her parents Anthony and Mary Boosalis, her sisters Dorothy (Phillips) and Christina (Groat) and her twin boys Aaron and Jacob.
Barbara is survived by her husband Charles; children Rachel (Tim) Ough, Rebekah (Osman) Mehmet, Aaron (Elisabeth) Beam, granddaughter Maelynn Beam, her brother Anthony Boosalis, as well as a host of nieces and nephews.
She spent her final weeks at Matthew House of Auburn, NY. Her family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to the many staff and volunteers that took such amazing care of her.
A memorial service will be held at Freedom Baptist Church, 3324 East Genesee St. (Rt. 20), Auburn, Friday, August 30, at 6:30 pm with Pastor David Dunbar officiating. Following the service, friends and family are invited to greet the family in the church hall for a meal and a time of fellowship and sharing memories of Barbara.