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Beryl McHugh Poul-ton passed away in Columbus at the age 96 on Feb. 3, 2019.

She was born Jan. 5, 1923, on a cold, snowy day in Monroe County to Jim and Ina Waife (Cline) McHugh.

Beryl was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Ralph Edwin Poulton; her parents; sisters, Helen (Carl) McHugh Dye Drake, Ruby (Harry) McHugh Bauman and Mildred McHugh; and brother, Frank (Ruth) McHugh.

Beryl is survived by her sister, Marjorie McHugh Olson, of Clermont, Florida; devoted Wesley Glen friend, Don Pendell; children, Dennis (Kathy), of Dacula, Georgia, Jeff (Sharon), of Columbus, Deanna (Steve) Butherus, of Greeley, Colorado, and Fred, of Columbus; grandchildren, Erica (Bill) Halliday, Scott Poulton, Kendra Poul-ton, Cory Poulton, Sarah (Sean) Scribbick, Rachel Butherus and Danny Butherus; great-grandchildren Sadie and Macie Halliday and Cooper and Delaney Scribbick; and five generations of nieces and nephews.

Beryl grew up on a farm in Monroe County. She was the fifth of six children and told many stories about life on the farm. Beryl received her early education in a one-room school and credits her mother for instilling a lifelong love of learning.

The six children had a strong sibling bond and love for each other. When the oldest sister Helen started teaching school, she helped the next sibling through college and so it went with each supporting the next youngest through college.  

Beryl graduated from Kent State University in 1942 with a degree in music education and taught high school for five years in Graysville before marrying Ralph Poulton in 1948. She returned to teaching in 1970 for the Columbus Public Schools as an elementary teacher for another 12 years.  

Beryl and Ralph raised four children in Columbus. Beryl ensured that all the children were well educated, had ample opportunities for music education and participated in church youth activities.  All four children graduated from Whetstone High School. Ralph and Beryl attended 12 straight years of high school marching band programs.

Beryl and Ralph joined North Broadway United Methodist Church in 1950 and they were actively involved in church life. Beryl held several church offices including President of the UMW and McCurdy Circle for many years. She was a musician as well as a teacher and shared her talents in the children’s ministries including the Children’s Center advisory board and the Children’s Ministry team. Beryl and Ralph were instrumental in organizing the national program Interfaith Hospitality Network for homeless families at North Broadway.

In her retirement years, Beryl enjoyed spending time at the Monroe County farm; visiting with her children and grandchildren and continuing to pursue her church activities. She developed lasting friendships through her church life that remained very important in her spiritual life. Beryl lived her final years at the Wesley Glen retirement center and her life centered on activities there. Beryl always lived life in the present and frequently said that the best time of her life was “now.”

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, in Columbus at North Broadway United Methodist Church. The family will greet visitors before the service from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Calling hours will be from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, in Woodsfield, Ohio at the Bauer and Turner Funeral Home, followed by burial at Oaklawn Cemetery.  

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to North Broadway United Methodist Church.

Monroe County Beacon

103 East Court Street,
Woodsfield, OH 43793