Was a master seamstress

Azalee (Moulder) Beard passed away in the early morning hours of July 1, 2012 in Colorado Springs, Colo. where she had lived since 1992. Born to Cyrus and Lela (Morgan) Moulder on Sept. 16, 1922, she grew up on a farm that was inundated by the construction of the Lake of the Ozarks.

Her family then operated the store and post office at Roach, Mo. until 1933, when the Family Farm became available. She attended grade school at two nearby one room, one teacher schools. She attended Camdenton High School until Oct. 1, 1939 when she married William (Billie) Byron Beard whose parents had moved to Roach from Nebraska.

They lived in Roach and Azalee worked in Camdenton as a dental assistant until Billie joined the U.S. Army Air Force in WWII. Azalee endured many hardships to be near Billie as he was stationed at two different bases in Texas and California and Walla Walla, Wash. training as a tail gunner in a B-24, living through 50 missions over Germany. Azalee operated a dry cleaning shop in Camdenton until the end of WWII. They moved to Salina, Kan. in 1951 where Azalee began a 33-year career with Sears Roebuck credit services. Later, they moved to Topeka, Kan., where they both retired. As a master seamstress, she also made beautiful quilts and fine clothing throughout her life.

She is survived by her son, Bill II, architect, daughter-in-law Connie Beard and three grandchildren, Daniel, 31, Thomas, 27, of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Elizabeth (Lizzie), 29, of Lake Havasu, Ariz., brothers James (Bud) and wife Eldora Moulder of Columbia, Mo. and Jimmy Lee Moulder of Ozark, Mo.

She was preceded in death by her parents and sister-in-law Arlene (Russell) Moulder.

Azalee will find her final resting place beside her late husband Billie in Blair Cemetery, Camdenton, Mo. On August 2, a graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. followed by a reception at the Lake Valley Golf Club for friends and family.