Beth Polk | Cleveland County Herald


Devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend Beth Thomasson Polk left this world to be with her savior on January 18 at the age of 71.

She was surrounded by her loving family who will continue to love her and remember her legacy in her life.

Beth was born in Pansy, Arkansas on April 24, 1951 to Dick and Rose May Thomasson. She attended the Woodlawn Schools and graduated from Woodlawn High School in 1969 before attending the University of Arkansas at Monticello and earning a degree in education. Beth enjoyed growing up on her family farm, helping grow tomatoes and other things.

On June 2, 1973, Beth married Bill Polk of Monticello, Arkansas, her faithful husband for nearly 50 years. Together they lived in Raleigh, North Carolina and Owensboro, Kentucky before finally settling in Tulsa in 1981. Before having children, Beth attended elementary school. teacher in North Carolina and Kentucky. She will return to this again as she worked as a substitute teacher in Tulsa Public Schools for several years. Beth was an incredible mother to Ryan and Ellen and loved the opportunity to stay home and raise them. In addition to being a faithful wife and mother, Beth was an active member of several churches, an avid gardener and decorator who enjoyed celebrating Christmas and decorating it with passion. She was also an avid sports fan, especially the Chicago Cubs. She was a loyal friend and loved to keep up with people, sending dozens of letters and postcards a week and, of course, Facebook.

Beth was happy with her family. Over the years, she remained very close to the family of her brother Dickie and sister Laura Lee, as well as numerous cousins. In later years, she enjoyed nothing more than numerous trips to Norman and Ohio to spend as much time as possible with her eight grandchildren.

Beth was preceded in death by her parents Dick and Rose May Thomasson. She left her husband Bill; son Ryan Polk and wife Cara from Norman, Oklahoma; daughter Ellen Wood and husband John of Cedarville, Ohio; brother Dickie Thomasson of Fayetteville, Arkansas; sister Laura Lee King and husband Mike from Franklin, Tennessee; eight grandchildren: Cooper Polk, Marin Polk, Jackson Wood, Maddie Polk, Olivia Wood, Malia Polk, Parker Wood and Lincoln Wood.

The Celebration of Life was held at the South Tulsa Baptist Church on Monday, January 23, 2023. Beth will be buried at Pansy Cemetery near Reason, Arkansas.

On Thursday, January 26, 2023 at 11:00 am, there will be a family visit at Prosperity United Methodist Church.

Instead of flowers, the family asks for donations to the South Tulsa Baptist Church Mission Fund.

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