Ida Mae Beason Sealy died peacefully September 29, 2022 at home with her
daughter, Karen, in Hot Springs. She was born October 29, 1931 in Antioch,
Arkansas to the late Mary and C. F. (Frank) Beason.
Ida Mae began her education at Little Hope School, in a one room schoolhouse.
She used kerosene lamps and candles to read and do her school-work before
electricity was extended to the Antioch community. Her family later moved to
Friendship where she met the love of her life, Rayvon Sealy. Ida Mae played girls
basketball for the Friendship Bulldogs. She graduated from Friendship High
School in May 1950 and two weeks following graduation, she married her high
school sweetheart, Rayvon, on May 27, 1950. She and Rayvon had a double
wedding ceremony with Jim and Lucille McMahan on the front porch of Pastor
Earl Page. Rayvon and Ida Mae celebrated their anniversary with Jim and Lucille
for years until health issues prevented the get togethers. Ida Mae and Rayvon
were married over 60 years until his death in 2010.
God, Family and Community were of most importance to Ida Mae. She took her
children to Sunday School, Church, Bible School and taught them to pray. She
was a homeroom mother for her children while they were in school and attended
basketball, softball, baseball, FHA, FFA, 4-H and any other events her children
were involved. She was always supportive of her family and made personal
sacrifices to ensure her children had what they needed. Ida Mae was a soft-
spoken lady. If you have every read Proverbs 31, that describes the woman she
After her children were grown and had families, she received a special joy being a
grandmother. She delighted in taking care of her grandchildren when they were
young and then spending time with them as adults. Her great grandchildren and
great-great grandchildren brought her even more happiness.
She was retired from the Arkadelphia Human Development Center. She had a
special place in her heart for all the children there. She was a longtime member
of the Friendship Missionary Baptist Church.
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her sister, Evelyn, her
brothers Howard, Aster, and Doyle Beason, her husband Rayvon Sealy, her son
Tony Sealy and one son-in-law, Jorge Garcia.
She is survived by her daughters Karen Sealy Garcia of Hot Springs, Rhonda Sealy
Thigpen (David) of Arkadelphia, Grandchildren Nick Matthews (Jamie) of
Friendship, Ken Matthews of Donaldson, Zane Thigpen of Arkadelphia, Sealy
Thigpen of Fayetteville, Jeff Garcia and Jennifer McEathron of Fairport NY, 11
great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren, brother in-law Adron Sealy
(Lavern) of Malvern, sister-in-law Dorothy Sealy of Hot Springs, sister-in-law Carrie Sue Sealy,
and numerous nieces and nephews whom she dearly loved also.
Memorial services will be Saturday October 1, 2022 at the Friendship Missionary Baptist
Church in Friendship at 10:00 a.m. with visitation at 9:00 a.m. Her nephew, Rev.
Randy Gaither will be officiating. Pallbearers are Robert Sealy, Carl Sealy, Troy
Sealy, Woody Gaither, Buddy Babb, Randy Hathcock, Michael Catlett, Wayne Sealy, and Donny
Cannon. Honorary pallbearers are Dr. Ray Bollen and all the Arkansas Hospice
Staff that helped keep Ida Mae comfortable during her final days. Internment will
be held immediately following the service at Gilchrist Cemetery in Friendship.
Arrangements by Ruggles-Wilcox Funeral Home in Arkadelphia. Condolences to
the family can be made at http:www.ruggleswilcox.com.