Dr. Beaird was born in St John, Kansas to parents William Van Johnson and Betty Jean on June 19, 1951.
She attended High School at Palo Duro High graduating in June 1970.
She graduated from Colby Community College and became a Professor of Chemistry at the College until 1984.
She attended and graduated from Parker University graduating in August 1989.
After graduation, she worked in private practice owning her own clinic, and later returned to Parker University where she taught in academics and the clinics for 25 years before retiring in 2018 due to her illness.
She was diagnosed with Stage Four Breast Cancer in March 2017. She began treatment immediately. The cancer had already metastasized to the bone and later to the liver. Her treatments continued through February 2021 where the P.E.T Scan and Reports indicated that the cancer had virtually been eradicated. On March 26, 2021 she received a devastating diagnosis of Leptomeningeal Carcinomas (LC) a metastasis to the brain. Her Oncologist suggested a prognosis of one-month. She began home hospice care on March 29, 2021 and was promoted to heaven on April 11, 2021.
She is survived by her husband of 24 years, Roy Beaird of Haslet, Texas.
Daughter Kalene Hills of Richland Hills, Texas.
Step-sons Paul Beaird of Gonzales, Texas and Timothy and Missty Beaird of Temple, Texas. She has five grandchildren, Corban, Coltan, Cohan, Chloe, and Cale of Temple, Texas.
One brother, Larry Johnson of Springtown, Texas, and one Half-Sister Jamisu Sanders of Galliano, Louisiana.
She has numerous nieces nephews, cousins, and other in-laws.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William Van Johnson of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Betty Jean Sanders of Colby, Kansas.
Her Grandmother, Thelma Irene Livingston of Colby, Kansas and numerous special aunts and uncles.
Her devotion to God was unmovable and her love for family unshakeable.
Her commitment to the profession of Chiropractic was her calling from God. She was deeply devoted to the university and the students. She invested her time, energy, and expertise tirelessly in teaching.
She impacted countless numbers of people positively in her profession and all walks of life. She was a light shining in a dark world, bringing hope, help, and encouragement that was reflected in her commitment to excellence.
She was truly a Proverbs 31 woman and will be profoundly missed by all who knew and loved her.
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