Graveside Service

Fri. Mar. 30, 2018
2:00 pm

Fields Store Cemetery

Schnieder Rd
Waller , TX 77484.
Fri. Mar. 30, 2018
2:00 pm
Fields Store Cemetery
Schnieder Rd
Waller , TX 77484.
In Memory of
Linda Joyce Beresford

Linda Joyce Parrish Beresford was born in Dallas, Texas to Lee Reneau Parrish and Ruby Lee Dillard Parrish on January 9, 1942 and she passed away on March 26, 2018 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. Linda was a wonderful mother, grandmother, great grandmother, friend and teacher.


Linda Beresford


She was a graduate of the University of Dallas with a Teaching Degree, which was her passion. Linda married Charles Beresford on June 4, 1964. They met while working at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington... Charles cleaned floors and swept her off her feet while she was a Saloon Girl in an Old West themed restaurant. After marrying Charles, Linda taught school and started a family. She continued to teach school until the birth of her 2nd child and then focused on being a Mom. After the birth of her 3rd child, the family moved from Dallas to Chesterfield, Missouri. While in Missouri, Linda exposed her children to many different learning opportunities. She took them on regular outings to the Daniel Boone Library, enrolled them in The St. Louis Zoo’s Education Program, and took them to ride the riverboats along the Mississippi River.  There were many other recreational, but educational, programs she made sure her children were involved in. While in Chesterfield, she became a Scout Den Mother for the boys... oh, the fun they had playing Ghost in the Graveyard waiting for Scouts to be an actual graveyard!


Linda Beresford



In 1977, the family moved to Houston where they would plant their roots. Again Linda would take her children on fun, recreational, but educational outings. They would include trips to the San Jacinto Battle Grounds and Galveston to enjoy the beach where they learned about crabbing. While in Houston she became a Scout Leader, but this time for the Girl Scouts to enjoy with her daughter. While living in Chesterfield and Houston, Linda made sure to give her children the freedom to play in the rain, step in mud puddles, and roam the creeks. Oh, did they come home dirty! When it was time to come home, she would ring a cow bell (yep a cow bell!), you could hear it from afar (and her children’s friends knew that sound too) and her kids would come running! When her children reached their teen years, she decided to go back to teaching. She first started off as a substitute, and then switched over to a full-time teacher within the Cypress Fairbanks School District. She really enjoyed teaching 7th and 8th grade Math, first at Dean Junior High, and then moved to Labay Middle School. Her students were her pride and joy, and she loved running into them as adults. Linda finally decided to retire in the early 2000’s after over 20 years of teaching to focus on her grandchildren, for they were her life. In 2013, Linda began to show the signs of Alzheimer’s, and it slowly wrapped its grip around her brilliant mind, and eventually took her life.



Linda Beresford and grandchildren



Linda is survived by her 3 children - Chip Beresford and his wife Meghan; Matthew Beresford and Gretchen Beresford Briggs. She also leaves behind her pride and joy, her grandchildren - Wim Beresford and his wife Caitlin, Ceb Briggs, Drew Beresford, Zach Briggs, and her only grand daughter, Campbell Claire Beresford, who lovingly called her Inka; and great grandson, little Liam Beresford. She is also survived by her brother, Danny Lee Parrish, sister, Theresa Ann Parrish Huffhines and her husband David, and her sister-in-law, Susan Parrish (Gary’s wife). She also has many nieces, nephews, students and friends who will truly miss her. Linda is preceded in death by her parents, Lee and Ruby Parrish; her former husband turned friend Charles Beresford; and her brother Gary Parrish and nephew Kerry Parrish.



Linda Beresford and Liam



A service will be held graveside on Friday, March 30, 2018 at 2PM at Fields Store Cemetery in Waller County, Texas.


In lieu of flowers please consider donating to one of these great charities in her memory.

Alzheimer's Association

Cy-Fair Education Foundation

Charitable Donations may be made to:

Alzheimer's Association
Alzheimer's Association National Office, Chicago, IL 60601. Website Link

The Cy-Fair Educational Foundation
11803 Grant Road, Suite 115, Cypress, 77429. Website Link

Sign Guestbook

Michael and Laura Doyle

Gretchen Briggs

Ceb Briggs

Wim and Caitlin Beresford

Jeff Campbell

Shanon Huffhines

Chip and Meghan Beresford

My deepest sympathy to the Beresford and Briggs families; Linda was a special person. She gave of herself for her family, friends, and her students.

Jane and David Robichaud

Jeff and Toie Venable


Message from
Tue, 03/27/2018

Mom, I am going to miss you!
As hard as this hurts that you are no longer with us, I am glad to know that you are finally free from Alzheimer's. I do believe that now you will be teaching with the Angels and once again remembering all.
You are my hero!
I love you!

Message from
Thu, 03/29/2018

My memories of your mom are those of her beautiful smile, the way she loved her family, and how sweet she was when I was around her. Praying for your hearts.

Message from
Prayers and Hugs
Fri, 03/30/2018

I spent many overnights at the Beresford house and my fondest memories are of each morning when Linda would yell up at Gretchen to send down her laundry. To this day, every time I do the same with my children Linda pops into my memory. I remember her beautiful black hair with a touch of platinum in the front. She was a real trendsetter! As we got older, the black faded into silver to match the platinum. Once we went to Visible Changes to get her hair done and the stylist said you should dye it all black and leave a little silver in the front. Linda replied I’ve worn it that way my whole life! It was so funny. She was a very sweet yet stern (teacher voice) person that always encouraged me to do my best. We have missed you for a while, Linda. May God bless you and Charles in heaven and your family on earth.