Services

Graveside Service

Wed. Oct. 31, 2018
2:00 pm

Katy Magnolia Cemetery

Franz Rd. and Bartlett St.
Katy , TX 77493.
Wed. Oct. 31, 2018
2:00 pm
Katy Magnolia Cemetery
Franz Rd. and Bartlett St.
Katy , TX 77493.
In Memory of
Beverly Ann Ray
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    This is a bit of an out of the ordinary obituary, as we know very little about the first 40 years of our sweet Beverly’s life.  We are relatively sure at this time that she was born Beverly Ann Betts on May 26, 1938 in Indianapolis, Ind.  to her mother Thelma Irene Betts and her husband, Mr. Betts (we don’t know his first name), of Marion County, Indiana.  After  Mr. Betts’ death which was said was caused by smoking and drinking,
Thelma remarried  in 1964 to Joseph Siegel who worked in a bowling alley.  He apparently took responsibility for Beverly who was now 26.  Beverly considered him “Dad”.

Thelma was a nursery worker and attended a Pentecostal church.  She became ill and died of a heart attack and a stroke in a hospital when Beverly was 35 and living in a Catholic Home.  Her grandmother Siegel was Catholic.  Beverly had an older brother Joseph that we have never been able to locate.  At sometime, Beverly remembers living on a farm, but we don’t know when or where.

We are pretty sure that Beverly met and married Sammy Ray in Indiana, but we are sure that in time they moved to Katy, TX.  They lived close to the railroad track right off of Avenue D when Beverly showed up at Katy Bible Church about 1978.  She was well loved by the congregation and even sang in the choir.  Beverly LOVED to sing about Jesus.  One day in about 1980, Beverly called the church crying.  It seems that Sammy had a girlfriend who didn’t want Beverly in the house with them, so Beverly was homeless.   Her pastor, Ron McDonnel, went to find her and took her to his home where his wife Mary Jo took over and taught her basic hygiene skills that she had never learned.  What a job!  Beverly lived with them until Ron could get her tested and confirmed that she was profoundly developmentally disabled and could not live independently. Pastor Ron got her into Sweetbriar Home in W. Columbia.   Anytime anyone got her and took her to their home for a few days, she was delighted.  Then, when it was time to take her back home, she cried all the way back to W. Columbia.  It was time to look for a change for Beverly.  It was a long way to W. Columbia, and she was included in most all family events and holidays.  She needed to be located closer to Katy for lots of reasons.

In 1989, Ron and Mary Jo’s incredible neighbors, Kenneth and Karen Washington opened and operated a group of care homes for the disabled.  Royal Haven gave her that new home new home.  Beverly thrived as she was taught so many things.  She was even able to take a bus and go to work at Goodwill. Kenneth and Karen were godly managers and hired a very competent staff that encouraged Beverly’s love of the Lord, but  Bev still wanted to come back to Katy Bible Church every chance she got.   And, because she was so well loved, someone always made sure that she was there for weddings, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, her birthday, and other birthdays as well.  She was family!  Sadly one of the visits that she made was to the funeral  in 1991 of her beloved Mary Jo McDonnel, Pastor Ron’s wife.  Later she was able to attend the wedding of Pastor Ron and his current wife, Margaret, who Beverly always called “Margie”.

Somewhere along the way, Beverly had a stroke and her personality changed.  The home tried to deal with the changes the best that they could, but eventually, Royal Haven was sold and Beverly was being moved to a home in Conroe.  That was going to be too far once again, so Pastor Ron to the rescue…Beverly was moved to Brookshire Arms Nursing Home.  Well, that didn’t work out so well, as with her personality changes, she was not very cooperative and even tried to harm other residents who got in her way.  Ah…more changes needed to be made.

In 1995, Ron went to court and officially became Beverly’s legal guardian.  In time he had to use his guardian power to go to court once again and have Beverly admitted to Richmond State Supported Living Center where she resided and was amazingly taken care of until her death.  The last two years of her life, Houston Hospice came into the picture after Beverly’s diagnosis of cancer.  They were a blessing as they worked alongside of the incredible staff of RSSLC until went to her new home in Heaven on October 29th 2018. There are so many people who have touched Beverly’s life in so many ways,  and we are very grateful. Beverly returned the love that she was shown (except when things didn’t go her way!).  We are most grateful for our Savior who allowed us to be a part of Beverly’s family.
 

Tributes

Message from Wed, 10/31/2018

To the Family, so sorry for your loss. Hope you will be comforted in knowing that Beverly has the prospect of being resurrected, healthy (in the flesh), to Paradise Earth just as Jehovah God has promised. In fact , the vast majority will enjoy everlasting life right here on earth as God had intended from the beginning. God's Kingdom will do this under the Rulership of Jesus Christ. READ John 5:28, 29, Job 14:14, 15,Psalms 37:29,Matthew 6:9,10, Matthew 5:5 and Revelation 21:2-4