6 N Main • Caldwell, KS • 620-845-6424
Eula May Capps
Date of Birth February 12, 1911
Date of Death December 25, 2009
Eula May Robinson Capps, 98, homemaker, quietly passed away early morning December 25, 2009 in Tucson, Arizona. She was born the daughter of Cecil and Bessie (Madison) Robinson on February 12, 1911 at Caldwell, Kansas.
She married Basil Capps in 1930 and they spent 63 years together.
Eula always enjoyed her family and regarded them #1 in her life. She was always proud of being a Methodist and a 54-year member of the Eastern Star and worked very hard in both. On September 5, 1948 Eula and Basil transferred their membership from the Corbin Methodist Church to the Caldwell Methodist Church. She served as Worthy Matron of Eastern Star for at least four years and was an active member of the Builders Sunday School class.
Eula and Basil took care of the Doster Cemetery for a number of years, loading up their lawn mower and going out to mow the cemetery since no one else was doing it. Eula enjoyed walking and visiting.
She leaves behind to mourn her passing her daughter, Phyllis Lehrling and her husband Jim of Tucson, Arizona; son, Harold Capps and his wife Donna of Madison, South Dakota; five grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren and twenty-three great-great-grandchildren, five nieces, seven nephews, and numerous great- and great-great nieces and nephews.
Gayle Lehrling, Eula’s granddaughter, sent these words: While growing up, it was always Grandpa and Grandma Capps - never just Grandma Capps or just Grandpa Capps. They were a unit - Grandpa was the nurturing teacher and Grandma was the nurturing sustainer with her wonderful fried chicken, pies, cakes, all made by her loving hands. When Grandpa was diagnosed with diabetes, Grandma developed her own recipes using sugar substitutes so Grandpa would never have to give up the “sweets” he so dearly loved. When Grandpa died, Grandma was devastated, but she tried to continue on as best she could. Grandpa and Grandma had spoken about the likelihood of his passing first, but she never believed that she would have to to deal with life without him for so many years.
For about the last four years, I have spent a portion of most evenings after work with Grandma. When she lived on her own, we would watch Wheel of Fortune together and talk for a while. When she was no longer able to live on her own, I would visit her after work, help her get ready for bed, and then we would say prayers and sing a song or two together. Grandma loved to sing! We always sang “You are My Sunshine” and then sometimes either the “Doxology” or “Amazing Grace” (Grandpa’s favorite song). As I would leave, I would tell Grandma to sleep with the little angels that were watching over her, and sometimes she would just smile, then other times she would say something funny, like, “..and they’re cute little boogers, too!” We laughed together frequently -- what a lovely gift!! One night she said she would like to sing an angel song, and the only one I could think of was “Angels We Have Heard on High,” so she asked me to sing it because she couldn’t quite remember how it went. After I sang the first verse and chorus, she smiled and patted my hand and said, “That was really nice, honey, but let’s find a shorter song”!! Oh, how she made me laugh!
We spent a great deal of time talking about life everlasting, and I told her emphatically that I knew she would be with Grandpa because he was saving the place right next to him for her because she was his best girl! We talked about her Papa, her Grandpa and her Momma, and all the family members who have already gone on ahead. I said, “Just think -- someday we will all be together!” She gave me a look of pure joy, clapped her hands together and said, “Oh yes! Won’t that be just wonderful!”
I believe Grandma got her Christmas wish - she wished to spend Christmas with Grandpa. I thank the Lord for honoring her wish, and though I will miss her terribly, I know she is where she wants to be and, once again, it’s GRANDPA AND GRANDMA CAPPS.
Memorials may be made to the Caldwell United Methodist Church, the Order of Eastern Star #382 or a charity of your choice.
Sevices will be held 1:00 p.m. Friday, January 8, 2010, at the Schaeffer Mortuary Chapel, Caldwell.
Interment will be in the Corzine Cemetery, Corbin, Kansas.