Beverly Margaret Mast
January 5, 1934 – February 22, 2011
Beverly Margaret Mast, 77 passed away peacefully at Monterey Court Memory Care Center in Portland where she resided the last 21 months. Beverly was born in Portland to Edna Gallup and Alfred Brown. They, along with her step father, Alfred Janke and her brother, Harold Brown, preceded her in death Her family moved to Milwaukie, Oregon when she was a small child. Beverly went to Ardenwald Grade School, Milwaukie Junior High and graduated from Milwaukie High School in 1952. Bev graduated from Multnomah School of the Bible (now Multnomah University). At Multnomah she met her husband, Neil Mast and two months after graduation they were married on campus. They were happily married for 55 ½ years before Beverly passed away from Alzheimer’s. As a small child Beverly gave her life to the Lord; her desire was to serve Him in everything she did. In eight grade, Bev wrote a term paper entitled the “Happiest Day of My Life;” the day she received Jesus as her Savior. Bev was active in a number of youth ministries in high school and Bible College. Many a summer was spent working at Trout Creek Bible Camp; that is where Neil proposed to her. Bev and Neil have two children, Tim and Marcia. Tim married Evelyn Dawson in March of 1983. They have two children; Kathleen Rose and Christopher Mark. Marcia is married to Scott Brusse for almost 19 years and has one Son, Stephen James. Beverly has one sister, Judy Carlson and a brother, David Janke. One of Beverly’s greatest joys was her grand children. It was a delight to see her holding them up with her nose pressed against their faces and giving them kisses. For the past 11 years, Bev has had numerous surgeries and never once complained about her lot in life. There was a period of time when she endured 3 major surgeries in 37 months and she managed to smile through them all. Beverly loved Christian music and music in general. She spent many years teaching children choruses in Sunday school and Vacation Bible School. Always smiling she had a kind word for everyone. She lived Christ in the home and was influential in Neil’s father’s conversion. Phillip Keller described Beverly perfectly in his book “A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23.” “Instead of insisting on my rights am I willing to forego them in favor of others? Basically this is what the Master meant by denying one’s self. It is not easy, nor normal, nor natural to do this. Even the loving atmosphere of the home, self assertion is pretty evident and the powerful exercise of individual rights is always apparent. But the person who is willing to pocket his pride, to take a back seat, to play second fiddle without a feeling of being abused or put upon has gone along way onto new ground with God. There is a tremendous emancipation from “self” in this attitude. One is set free from the shackles of personal pride. It is pretty hard to hurt such a person. He who has no sense of self-importance cannot be offended or deflated. Somehow such people enjoy a wholesome outlook of carefree abandon that makes their Christian lives contagious with contentment and gaiety.” That was Beverly. She is “HOME” now and with her reward. A good friend commented about her marriage to Neil that they were “one person in two bodies.” Thanks to all who cared and loved Beverly these past 21 months: Erin Jones and her staff of caregivers at Monterey Court Memory Care Center. To Tara, Loretta, Kathleen, David, Tom, Lucy, John and Cynthia at Hospice Northwest and. Doctor Raymond Lee and his staff at Valley View Medical Clinic. Beverly couldn’t have been in better hands, you all were great A “Celebration of Life Service” will be held Friday March 11, 2011 at Lincoln Memorial Park Funeral Home. 11801 Mt Scott Blvd, Portland, Oregon. 503-771-1117. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to Multnomah University’s Student Aide Fund. 8435 N.E. Glisan St. Portland, Oregon 97220 Arrangements under the direction of Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home, Portland, OR.
- Memorial Service Friday, March 11, 2011
Beverly Margaret Mast
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March 26, 2011
Hello My LOve:
As each day passes,the thought of losing you is less and less painful. I know you are drinking from a saucer since your cup of blessings is overflowing. I miss you dearly,however, you are home where you belong. In light of eternity, it won't be too long till I will be joining you. I eagerly anticipate that day. I love you. Neil
March 11, 2011
My heart is with the entire Mast family in celebrating the life of this very special woman. Beverly has taught us all about loving and acceptance. I regret I will be called to duty elsewhere on her day of celebration, but please know my heart and prayers are with you all.
Phillip L. Baker
March 10, 2011
An indelible memory for me is Beverly's smile. Mother Teresa said it best -
Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.
March 7, 2011
Since Beverly was much changed when I met her at Monterey Court, it was wonderful to see the many photos of her with family in better times. Your devotion to her was a reflection of the wonderful love and life you had together. May our Lord give you strength, joy, peace and purpose until that day you see Him face to face.
March 7, 2011
I know it has been a very long time since I last saw you but I remember like it was yesterday.I guess that's the way it goes when you really start to age.Please accept my sincere condolence's in the passing of your wife.My wife Elizabeth,passed away in 1987.I think of her every day.I pray for her every day as I will for you in your time of need.May GOD be with you.
March 6, 2011
Dear Neil, My heart goes out to you and your family on your loss. May your good memories sustain you and prayers comfort you. My thoughts are with you during your sorrow and tears....And may God hold you in the palm of His hand.
With Friendship and Condolences,
Jonell Cook Brown
March 5, 2011
Neil and Family,
Although I never met Beverly, I get a feeling from the photos that she was a caring and loving person. Out utmost sympathy goes out to the entire Mast family on their loss. God be with you.
Eileen and Jim Saylor
March 2, 2011
I am so sorry for your loss, but I know Bev is in a better place. Neil, your care for her was amazing, so selfless and always caring and putting her needs first. You are amazing and may God continue to bless you and your family. Hugs and Loves my friend.
March 1, 2011
I hadnt seen my Aunt Bev in such a long time,but I remember her as always having a smile on her face.She was such a lovely person.I will truely miss her.I wish Uncle Neil,Tim and his family,Marcia and her family peace and joy knowing that even though she ids no longer with us,she is in the place i am sure she would rather be if she cant be wiht you and that is with the lord.All my love to all of you.Denise Rissmiller
February 25, 2011
I only had the chance to meet Beverly after she was impacted by her memory loss. However, her love of young children continued to shine through. I brought my toddler twins to see her on several occasions and she lit up with delight.
Neil has been a devoted husband who placed her quality of life first. Neil showed us through pictures and told us through memories who Beverly was even when Beverly could no longer do so herself.
It was a pleasure to care for Beverly (and, at times Neil ;)
February 23, 2011
Beverly was always a cheerful neighbor and i will miss her smile she always seemed happy.Her grandchildren were very special to her.I will miss her.Vicky Hager