Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Eternal Rest for Beverly

"At the death of a Christian, whose life of faith was begun in the waters of Baptism and strengthened at the Eucharistic table, the Church intercedes on behalf of the deceased because of its confident belief that death is not the end, nor does it break the bonds forged in life. The Church also ministers to the sorrowing and consoles them in the funeral rites with the comforting Word of God and the Sacrament of the Eucharist."
(Order of Christian Funerals, no. 4)
Our Bread Of Life group said goodbye to another mom today.  Beverly fought a 9 month battle with Stomach cancer.  She will be remembered as a faithful woman of God who put her children and family above all else.

Beverly and I were not extremely close but we both were creating families that will love and serve God by serving those around us.  The first 3 shots of her are ones of her with the kids at various homeschool activities through the years.
 She was an inspiration to many moms.  This was a woman that loved.  As she was released into Hospice care last Monday she asked each of us for our prayer intentions.  She wanted even her final sufferings for be for others.
 One of the moms on Facebook said that she will become the patron saint of family pictures.  Another family said that they used to think they were a "professional" family because of the perfect family pictures they always took.
I am sure that Beverly will watch over her kiddos from her new heavenly home and if God allows it she will be there for us as well.  I ask that you pray for the repose of her soul and for her family.

When she found out that she had cancer she invited some friends to her home (about 40 people).  She shared with us her diagnosis, told us to tell everyone to pray for her and to remember that we would see miracles even if they were not her healing.  I have watched many miracles around this situation.  So many people came together in prayer.  It was really a beautiful thing.  Thank you Beverely for such a beautiful witness of faith.
This is from the announcement of her passing and when the funeral will take place.  I can not sum up her life better so instead I copy what was said:
"Beverly K, 49, passed away peacefully at her home in The Woodlands, TX surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday, November 3, 2015, after her 9 month battle with cancer. Beverly will always be remembered for her generous spirit, her kind and loving heart, and her infectious smile. Beverly was known for her great love of the Lord and his Church, which was exemplified in her daily life. Beverly was born on December 29, 1965 in Shiner, TX. She attended high school in her hometown of Moulton, Texas where she excelled in academics and sports. Beverly graduated from Texas A&M University, class of 1988, with a degree in Ag Economics. After graduation, she worked as a special event planner in the Office of the President at Texas A&M until 1999. Beverly married Gordon K, the love of her life, in 1990, and they joyfully celebrated their 25th Wedding Anniversary in June of this year. Beverly and Gordon were blessed with five beautiful children: J(16), G(14), J (12), MK (10), and C (7). Beverly managed the family home school routine and activities while providing unique educational opportunities and spiritual development for her children.
Beverly was a parishioner at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church where she was active in many organizations, including St. Anne’s Society, St. Martha’s Society, and the Catholic Daughters of America. Beverly was a dynamic part of the Bread of Life Home School Group, a Founding Parent at Frassati Catholic High School, and a Lifelong Member of 4-H.
The Pro-Life Cause was very dear to Beverly’s heart. She twice attended the March for Life in Washington, D.C. and participated in the Catholic Organization of Life. She also was a big fan of 40 Days for Life." 

Beverly homeschooled the younger ones while the oldest went to Catholic high school.  Her biggest desire in life was for her children to have strong Catholic education.  I have no idea how her husband will decided to make that happen, it might be the school attached to our parish or the hybrid homeschool program they were using with the help of a tutor/care giver on the off days.  Either way I am sure he will make the the decision that is best and based on this incredible mom's desires.  Click here to link to the fundraising page.  Beverly's family set up a Go-Fund-Me page in hopes of raising money for the children's education.
ETERNAL rest grant unto her, O Lord, 
and let perpetual light shine upon her. 
May she rest in peace. Amen. 

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