OBITUARY

Beverly Gail Adams Martin

January 26, 1952January 17, 2014
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Beverly Gail Adams Martin passed from this life on Friday, January 17, 2014. Beverly was surrounded by her family when she ended her heroic two and one-half year battle with brain cancer, she was 61.

Beverly was born January 26, 1952, in Midland, TX. She was the second daughter born to William D. Adams and Melba Nadine Thompson Adams. She was raised in Midland and after high school attended Texas Tech University where she received a Bachelor’s Degree with a child development major. Beverly, her cousin Carol, and her childhood friend Lynn, were charter members of the Clement Hall Gals; a dozen steadfast friends since their freshman year to this day.

At Tech, she also met her husband of 41 years, Jerry L. Martin. Together they raised two children in Lubbock, Midland, and Houston before settling in Austin in 1982. Beverly loved to be around children as they learned which was evidenced by her years of working in the Dripping Springs school system, her years with the Texas Education Agency, and her years with Austin Graduate School of Theology as Registrar. Teaching children about the love of God was important to Beverly and a number of her former students, now with their own families, reminisce about the days in her fourth grade Sunday school class.

Beverly was preceded in death by her father, William D. (Slats) Adams and her mother, Melba Nadine (Dene) Adams, of Midland, TX. Also preceding her in death were many beloved aunts, uncles, and cousins in her Adams, Thompson, and Martin families. She is survived by her husband, Jerry L. Martin, of Austin; a son, Jeffrey Scott Martin and wife Rachel, of Dallas, TX; a daughter, Lee Anne Martin McLeod and husband Todd of Boerne, TX; Grandchildren, Ian and Meredith McLeod, Isabel and Zara Hicks, and Zachary Martin; a sister, Jo Ann Ray, of Weatherford, TX; a brother, Ron D. Adams and wife Terry, of Midland, TX; a brother-in-law, Troy G. Martin and wife Diane, of Midland, TX; an uncle, Billy Joe Thompson and wife Jackie, of Midland, TX; aunts Mary Bolton, of Midland, TX, and Lora Thompson of Breckenridge, TX. Beverly was loved and is also survived by many cousins, nieces, nephews, and a host of friends and neighbors.

Beverly was gentle, caring, and tender in her dealings with all who knew her. She was a thoughtful friend who loved to give gifts. It was a rare occasion when a niece or nephew didn’t get a birthday card (with gifts for the younger ones) from Aunt Bev. Jerry might forget to extend a happy birthday wish, but not Auntie! When the grandchildren arrived, Beverly was given the name Mama Peeps and the gift giving began in earnest. Any perceived need of one of her grandchildren was quickly met. Beverly loved her family.

And she loved the Lord’s family. Beverly was a devoted Christian who sang praises to the Lord with hands held high who read and lived the scriptures all the days of her life. Now she sings that new song.

The family gratefully acknowledges the loving care and support given to Beverly and her family by Texas Oncology doctors and staff, Hospice Austin staff, and Visiting Angels staff during this time.

The family will receive visitors from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Sunday, January 19, 2014, at Cook–Walden/Forest Oaks Funeral Home, 6300 W. William Cannon Dr., Austin, Texas 78749.

A funeral celebrating Beverly’s life will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, January 20, 2014, at University Avenue Church of Christ, 1903 University Avenue, Austin, Texas 78705. Burial service will follow at Cook–Walden/Forest Oaks Memorial Park. The family will host a reception following the burial.

Honoring Beverly as pallbearers will be A.C. Thompson III, Brian Ray, Ron Adams, Jr., Greg Hix, Tracy Hix, Jason Gignac, and Troy G. Martin, Jr.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation Sunday, January 19, 2014
  • Funeral Service Monday, January 20, 2014

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Interment
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Lynne & Walter Biel

January 25, 2014

Jerry, we were so sorry to hear of Beverly's passing. Always loved running into both of you and sharing precious stories of our kids and grandkids as we got our mani/pedis! Her courage and your sweet and devoted love for her and each other was such an inspiration. She will truly be missed and we will keep you all in our prayers. Love, Lynne & Walter Biel

Don and Pam Koenig

January 24, 2014

Jerry, LeAnn, Jeffery and family: We only learned today of sweet Beverly's passing. We are heart broken and feel your sorrow and sadness. She was such a dear friend, little did we see each other, but when we did it was always a wonderful reunion, though we only lived around the corner. Never met a more loving, positive person. We will miss her too. She will be watching over all of us. Our deepest sympathy, prayers and love.
Don and Pam Koenig

Beth Bernthal

January 23, 2014

Jeff and Family,
My sympathies on the passing of your mother. What a lovely obituary, for an obviously cherished woman. My prayers and warmest thoughts are with you.
Beth Bernthal

Linda Bellomy Simmons

January 22, 2014

Jerry, JoAnn, Ronnie and family: I have so many good memories of Beverly from when we lived on Gulf Street. Her giggle and sweet personality always made her fun to be around. There is truly another angel in heaven with her smile lighting up the heavens! May God Bless you all and give you peace.

Beverly Maxwell (was Barber then Cowan )

January 22, 2014

To all the family, I remember growing up at Bellview Baptist in Midland with Beverly and what a precious girl she was, thank you Lord for her life! To Jerry, I understand as I was widowed after 36 years of marriage..,God will carry you through this... Be encouraged! Let Him lead you through the process,,,, we will be praying for you and all the family as Beverly will be dearly missed! Our love in Him, Beverly and Mike Maxwell

January 22, 2014

Jerry, Jeff, Lee Anne and family, we send our deepest sympathy in the loss of your wife,mother and loved one "Honey". We know you will miss her and we will all look forward to being with her again in the future. Earl Ray, Sybil, Dustin and family.

LeeAnn Dickson

January 21, 2014

My prayers and those of my family are with you Jerry and with your family. Our collective hearts have gone out to you in this time of loss.
Take care my friend.
Your friend in California
LeeAnn Dickson

January 21, 2014

Jerry, I know that your lose is great nd you have my deepest condolences. I am sure that you will have a great reunion with her some day as God has promised. You are in my thoughts and prayer, good friend.

Ron Ries

Warren Flatau

January 21, 2014

Jerry,

Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the passing of your beloved wife. I hope her memory is always a blessing.

Warren Flatau

January 21, 2014

Jerry, please accept my condolences on the loss of your lovely wife. Speaking from personal experience, I can tell you that the loss of a spouse leaves a huge void in your life. I cannot offer any words to make things better, but I promise that focusing on the good memories with her and seeing the legacy she left on this earth will bring you great comfort and peace.
Ann Hanks Franklin, DCHS 1965