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Beverly Mae Williams

January 6, 1938 ~ April 24, 2021 (age 83)


Beverly Mae Williams (Bradler) 01.06.38-04.24.21 Full of spunk and with that twinkle in her eye. We all have a marvelous Beverly story, a funny moment, some crazy antic, laughing until we cry, silly memory, these are what made her so special. She lit up a room wherever she went. Such a beautiful gal she is, warm hearted, caring and full of laughter and joy. We are all blessed beyond measure for her. She instilled values and morals to us all. She is the whole package, teaching us all to be kind, loving, honest, God loving. Everyone felt welcome around her. Her students, friends, family, family friends, strangers too. She was a part of so many organizations and groups and families and friends. Where to start? When she wrote her resume to go back to work after her kids grew up, she had five pages of volunteer work! She was everyone’s mom, everyone’s friend, she’d take the reign and be President of a group, Kindergarten teacher, or a fun loving pal. Born on the extended-family farm in Kingsville, Ohio January 6th, 1938, to Charles & Martha Bradler. She fondly talked about the large open spaces of the farm, boating at their Lake Erie cottage and everyone piling into the car for road trip adventures. Large family gatherings, the blessings of regular day-to-day activities and the happy memories of a simple life. Once Charles earned his law degree, he moved the family to Cleveland where she grew up as the eldest of four children with a stay-at-home Mother, Grand-Mother and a Father who typified fatherhood of the 1950's. Beve graduated from Garfield Heights High School in 1956. She was the school majorette (along with her childhood best friend to this day, Barb Skrovan) and played the saxophone in the band. While in high school, she met her knight in shining armor sweetheart, Jack Williams (and his muscles). Barb fondly recalls Beve always saying, "look-out behind those trees for Jack & his friends". She wanted to become a Mother while also honoring her Father's wishes by earning a degree (BS Education 1962) and did so in attending the same University as Charles, Kent State. After graduating, Beve & Jack moved to South Russel/Chagrin Falls where she got her first kindergarten teaching job. They moved from Cleveland to Dayton in 1965. She is survived by her son, Jack Williams Jr. & daughter, Jennifer Moore, and four grandchildren, Jack III, Olivia, Mary & Charles, as well as many other extended family members and dear friends. Growing up Williams was picture perfect. Mom was always there, not just for the family, she was "everybody's Mom" - the moment you arrived, shoes off, sit down, eat something and chat! She really wanted to know how you were doing, what could she feed you and how are things, she kept the best gardens, fruit trees and yard, canned & pickled, and the lessons of eating well; her cooking was stellar (especially our family favorite Polish & Finnish & Czech dishes). Our Family’s Christmas in Cleveland at the Bradler’s is something we’ll cherish forever. She instilled responsibility by giving us pets to love and care for, prayed at every evening meal as an entire family together & she taught us to value the arts (which included mandatory music lessons & daily practice for six years - yes, Mom, you were right - we thanked you for it years later). Always do your best she would say (she set the example). Mom took us to the bank every week of our elementary school years to learn the time value of money. She drove us around in the most bad-ass 1977 Ford customized van with purple stripes and silver sparkle trim, blue shag carpet, velvet seats and side-pipes, which included annual trips to Florida & Kings Island. She’d take all our friends too. We had the best family vacations (our experiences were borrowed by Clark Griswold). Her discipline and planting the seeds of faith make us forever thankful. Her Camp Fire Girls and Bluebirds groups especially loved her beyond measure - her lessons included never sit on a bare public toilet seat. She was super creative (always making a gift for someone) and artsy and loved working at the flower shop. Her first return to teaching after raising her family was teaching Kindergarten at Headstart. Dad used to talk that after she got home from work; she would voluntarily cook and prepare meals every night for several families. Mom and Dad together would go out & deliver meals to the children who told Mom during the day they had no food at home. Dad used to say Mom spent more on her kids than she earned; we know he was proud of her & he enjoyed sharing this very special time as she loved on her students, not just in school but at all hours. She later taught kindergarten at CLC (Christian Learning Center) and Greenville Public Schools. She was also a recipient of the Olympic Gold Medal of teaching, Teacher of the Year. One thing that pulled deeply upon her emotions was how much scripture was fulfilled throughout her life. She constantly received back ten-fold what she gave in the letters of appreciation, graduation invitations, annual Christmas cards she received and when students from many years ago would recognize her and give thanks to her for teaching. Beverly had the biggest of hearts and was the model definition of, "a giver". She held a strong love of country and embraced marrying an Army soldier. She proudly voted her entire life – she insisted on voting in-person and valued the ideals of limited government, low taxes and individual responsibility. Her home was filled with greeting cards which she hand-wrote daily and all who knew her, knew they were on her mind in prayerful thoughts. Being a first-born, she wasn't shy yet she was pure and innocent; we never wondered what Dad found in her as he found it all. Mom was incredibly social - she adored her Red Hats, Lionesses, & card game groups. She was a true entertainer planning parties her whole life, at school, for kids groups, for family and friends, and events organizing comedians, prizes, and food! When she found the Red Hat Ladies, she couldn’t believe others shared her passion for the color purple. She had sparkle and bling and her energy amazed us all. She kept her hair blonde to keep “us”, not her, young. She cherished our family traditions, establishing roots and preserving our heritage – all of this required time and she offered every bit of hers. Beve prayed often that the natural love that a child has for both parents and grand-parents be allowed to take its course. Few better honored or related to Christ’s greatest gift to man, children. Beverly is still teaching as she gratefully gifted her corpse, in death, to medical research. She embodied the virtues of a Proverbs 31 woman. It comforts us to know her faith, love and works surely brought praise at the Gates. What Beve wanted most is that everyone be happy and to celebrate her return to Jesus with joy. In lieu of flowers the family asks that her memory be raised in Christ’s glory by making donations to: PAAO, USA 1645 West Laurel St Springfield Illinois, 62704 - Parental Alienation Awareness Organization USA exists to provide support for anyone experiencing family bond obstruction, or to: Frederick Douglass Scholarship Fund at Hillsdale College 33 E College St, Hillsdale, MI 49242. The Frederick Douglass Scholarship exists to help high-achieving students who demonstrate significant financial need. The family may notify later of possible celebration of life event.

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