Beth E. (Carson) Starr passed away Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013 in the Oklahoma Heart Institute at Hillcrest, Tulsa, Okla.

She was 80 years old.

Beth was born March 26, 1933 in Little Caney, Kan., the daughter of Amos Augustus and Maggie Fern (Artherton) Carson. At the time of her death, she was a resident of Fairfax, Okla.

A college graduate with a degree in psychology, Beth was involved in many careers during her lifetime. She had been an operator for Bell Telephone and worked at the Lockheed Missile Base in California. She had been the founder of DUI classes in the area, where she drafted many programs and filed grants to sustain the program. She worked with Alcoholics Anonymous as an abuse counselor as well as counseling for both alcohol and drug abuse adults. She helped start and worked with numerous rehab centers around the area.

Beth was retired from the State of Oklahoma with the Department of Human Services and Department of Corrections. During that time, she was a counselor with the foster care and child protective services programs. She was instrumental in starting the Community Action Programs in Pawnee and Osage Counties. An ordained minister, Beth had traveled across the United States and Canada on church mission work programs. She was a member of Senior Life and New Hope Church.

Surviving are her children, Vivian Fern King, Sheila Dean Drake, Cecil Randy Thornburg and Alauna Robin Beeler; sister, Carrie Jo Ward; 11 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. B

eth was preceded in death by one brother, Amos Josiah Carson; one sister, Vivian Lucille Fish; and a great grandson, James Matthew Drake, II.

Funeral services were held Monday, Dece. 23, at McCartney’s Johnson Funeral Home, Pawhuska, Okla. Interment was to be in the El Cado Cemetery, Chautauqua, Kan.

McCartney’s Johnson Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.