Harriett Smith Beury

Harriett Smith Beury

Passed: January 16, 2024
Charleston, WV

Harriett Smith Beury

Passed: January 16, 2024
Charleston, WV


Harriett Smith Beury, 100, of Charleston, WV, died peacefully in her home on January 16, 2024.

She was a woman who loved children, never seeing anything but good in them; a friend who never stopped calling and helping; a college history major who never stopped reading and learning; and a cookie maker extraordinaire. For her relatives and friends, she was the center of love and caring.

Harriett graduated from Charleston High School in 1940 and West Virginia University in 1944. She lived in Charleston for most of her life, raising a family and entertaining all at the kitchen table. She taught kindergarten, Sunday School, volunteered in the parish office at St. John’s Episcopal Church and was one of the first “soup ladies” to make pots of soup when Manna Meal first opened its doors. She was Executive Secretary for the West Virginia Association of Colleges and Universities in Charleston, and she was employed at The Rehabilitation and Research and Training Center in Dunbar and the Kanawha Pastoral Counseling Center in Charleston.

Her beloved husband, Robert N. Beury, died in 2001.

Harriett is survived by her children and their spouses, Robert N. Beury Jr. (Shon), Joseph W. Beury (Linda) and Julia M. Beury (Larry L. Rowe); by her grandchildren, Anne Belch (Adam), Caroline Beury, Katherine Valdelievre (Thaddee), Jen Lambka (Don), Christian Rowe and Harriett Rowe; and by her great-grandchildren, Charlotte Belch, Clark Belch, Eva Lambka and Savannah Lambka. She is also survived by her cousin, Buffie Fay, who was like a sister to her; her special niece, Jan Spear, and her caregiver and friend, Penny Adkins.

Her siblings, Elizabeth Ann Cochran, Robert L. Smith and Janet S. Nunley predeceased her.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 27, 2024, at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1105 Quarrier Street, Charleston, WV, with a reception following.

As an alternative to flowers, a gift can be sent to HospiceCare, 1606 Kanawha Boulevard, West, Charleston, WV 25387 ;or Manna Meal, 1105 Quarrier Street, Charleston, WV 25301.

Harriett lives on through the gift of kindness and love that she gave to so many. In their hearts and the hearts of succeeding generations without number that gift will live on in love and kindness extended to others because of her example.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.barlowbonsall.com.

Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.

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4 responses to Harriett Smith Beury

  1. I’ve known Mrs. Beury since I was 5 in 1967 when my Mom, sister, and I moved into the upstairs apartment at the old Virginia St. house. We lived there eight years. I spent a lot of time with the Beurys in their house during that period, and they became like a second family to me. After we moved away, I worked for several years for the Beurys helping to maintain the house and converting the first floor of the house into apartments. I’m still using the skills that I learned back then on the house that my wife and I now live in. I have a lot of good memories of being with the Beury family and they’ve been a positive influence for me. It was only many years later that I realized how much Mr. and Mrs. Beury had helped us.

    I’m sorry to see Mrs. Beury go and am thankful that her presence remains with me. I offer my condolences to the Beury family.

    Love, Steve

    1. Joe Beury says:

      Thanks for your kind words, Steve. It is so special to hear from people whose lives mom touched. Thanks also for attending the reception after the funeral and saying hello. It was great to see you and that you are doing so well. Mom would be proud of you. She cared about you and your family as you did about her.
      Joe Beury

  2. I am so sorry to hear of Mrs. Beury’s passing. Wow! 100 years old is an amazing life. I’ll never forget the beautiful green leaf cookies she made for Kathy’s kindergarten class at Ruffner. We had the best time “painting”them with icing. She actually made the cookies for our kindergarten students for MANY years long after Kathy had moved on to Junior High and High school. My mother also graduated from CHS in 1940 and I believe she and Harriet enjoyed many reunions together. My condolences for your family’s loss. Her memory will always be with you. She was a very special lady.

    1. Joe Beury says:

      Very kind of you to write this tribute to Mom. It is so nice to hear from non-family members about how much she impacted their lives. She was a special lady.
      Joe Beury (Kathy’s father)

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