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.


Gayle - I remember fondly Eula and Basil as pillars of the church and the Caldwell community, ever gracious, ever present...a couple a younger person will never forget. Certainly the example and influence of people like the Capps remains one reason why I feel blessed to have grown up in a small community like Caldwell. I appreciated reading your words, Gayle, and of course send my condolences and regards to you and your family. Although we have not seen one another in years, I often have thought of you, Terry and the rest of your family. Hopefully, we will have an opportunity to see one another before another 40+ years pass. Most sincerely, Burton ...

Your My inspiration in life.
You were my positive Godly role model.
I miss talking to You everyday.
But I know that Your in Heaven and able to see and be with Grandpa.
We will all be together someday.
But please always remember
We can do all things through Jesus Christ who strengthens Us.
I Love You Grandma.
Your in My heart Forever.
Love From the 3 R's in California

What a wonderful mother she was. The very best. when he 3 R,s were tiny and all of her life she and dad Capps was always there for us. How little or big the task was we were there do it what ever it when the 3,rs were little harold and I lived only 3 doors down from themand the kids had a path wore from our house to there. Also when they would go to wichita shopping they would take the kids and they had a station wagon and they would put a mattress down in the back with there covers and pillows and they could sleep on the way home is they got tired. When Harold and I moved to Tucson the folks would come every summer when the kids got out of school and keep them all summer then just before school would start they would bring them back to Tucson all outfitted for school from head to toe. lol they raised me too as I was only 15 when Harold and I got married. Love you soooo much mom and the 3 R,s and I will miss you very much but know you and dad Capps are together again.

I don,t know who in the world choice to put that sad picure of her on her Obituary but if the 3 R,s and I would have known we had all kinds of good ones of her as she was a beautiful lady inside and out Sorry mom.

Grandma..There are really no words to express how much you have been missed. You and Grandpa are still so very special in my heart and that will never change. You were grandma, teacher, spiritual guider, friend. You and Grandpa taught me kindness, caring, unconditional love and what is really important in life...Family. I feel like everything that is good about me came from you both. Our summers together meant everything to me. They gave me a sense of normality for three months out of each year that managed to get me through the until our next visit. I know that many things did not go the way you would have wanted it..but in the end..memories cannot be stolen, and they mean more to me than anything. I'm sorry that Gayle was the only one given the opportunity to speak about you. She really didn't even know you like we did. I don't recall her or Terry spending any summers with you. They were always too busy..that was ok with me because I didn't have to share you too much. Anyway, I'm glad that you and Grandpa are together now and you can be happy again. I love you. Tell Grandpa I love and miss him too..I will be happy when we can all be together again someday. :-)

Not a day goes by that I don't think of you Grandma. You and Grandpa were our saving grace in many ways growing up and until the Lord called you home. I miss our daily talks on the phone. Grandma you and Grandpa were the one to show us that faith and trust in God to get us through the difficult times. Thank you for you and Grandpa being the Godly exampes in our lifes'. Now that Dad is up there with you and Grandpa I am praying that you're getting caught up on all the wonderful times you had together. Grandma I love and miss you, Grandpa and of course your Son, my Dad.
I love you all so much and there isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of you and treasure all the special times we had together.
Hugs and love to all three of you.
Love, Your Granddaughter Roxann Capps Bunn

Not a day that goes by that I don’t think of you and pray that You, Grandpa, Dad and the rest of our family are doing good. It’s a lonely world here when you don’t have true caring family that You can talk to. I saw on a plaque that read that there are TRUE FRIENDS who become family along the way. It’s not like having You and Grandpa here. That was the best years of my life. I will always treasure those memories FOREVER.
I love you sooooooooooooo much. Love, Roxann Granddaughter in California