Beverly Kaye Mitchell, 82, of Temple, a remarkable woman whose journey touched the lives of many, has passed away at a local hospital in Temple, Texas. Born on September 17, 1941, in the vibrant city of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, she was the daughter of Claude Edward Pritchett and Leila A.D. (Easttanm) Pritchett.
Beverly's life was filled with diverse experiences and notable achievements. She embarked on her career at a savings and loan small business company where her dedication and hard work were soon recognized. In recognition of her potential, she was honored with a partial scholarship to college. With dreams in her heart and determination in her soul, she attended Southwestern Oklahoma State University and earned her Associates degree. Undeterred by challenges, she returned to her alma mater to acquire her bachelor's degree.
The next chapter of Beverly's life unfolded in Dallas, Texas when she joined the Jenkins and Gilchrist law office as a paralegal specialist. It was during this time that she married her high school sweetheart, Wayne Mitchell. Together they ventured westward to California as military spouses while Beverly accepted a position at General Dynamics in San Diego. In 1965 she became a mother to her oldest daughter, Rene Perry and again she was blessed with her second daughter in 1966, Cheri Harwell. Her life lessons she passed to her loving daughters is embrace the importance of arts, self-sufficiency and owning your own accomplishments,
In 1987, Beverly embraced a new beginning as she relocated to Bastrop, Texas where her individuality shone brightly. However, life took an unexpected turn when her marriage came to an end in 1989. Demonstrating resilience and unwavering determination, Beverly carved a path for herself at Fidelity Investment group, till she started her own consultation group as Creative Employee Benefits Specialist, LLC where she dedicated herself wholeheartedly until the time of her retirement.
Beyond her professional pursuits, Beverly possessed a deep well of interests and passions that fueled her spirit. She had a profound love for poetry and found solace in admiring paintings and artwork that adorned the walls of her treasured collection. Her affinity for literature extended beyond poetry; she also had an affection for religious books that enriched her understanding of faith—the cornerstone of her life. Nature, with its boundless beauty, captivated Beverly's heart. Whether it was birdwatching or tending to her flowers in the garden, she found joy in the simplicity and wonder of the natural world.
Beverly's sharp intellect and formidable character were evident to all who knew her. As a proud accountant, she commanded respect and admiration by exemplifying independence and fortitude. Her ability to navigate life with self-reliance and a unique sense of humor endeared her to many.
She was an avid scholar of religious texts and held an unwavering commitment to her Christian faith. Beverly was a devout member of the Church of Christ in McKinney, Texas, where her spiritual journey thrived alongside fellow believers.
Regrettably, in the face of health challenges, Beverly fought valiantly but succumbed to the effects of a stroke two years prior. Her strength endured through years of battling vascular dementia and pancreatic lesions.
Beverly Kay Mitchell will be lovingly remembered for her tremendous achievements and unwavering spirit. She prided herself on being the first person in her family to complete high school and further pursue higher education—a testament to her unyielding determination.
In this time of grief, Beverly is survived by two daughters, Rene Perry and Cheri Harwell. Additionally, she leaves behind a cherished legacy through her two grandchildren, Lisa Husberg and Jonathan Berlof, as well as her two great-grandchildren, Katya Berlof and Gabriel Berlof.
As we bid farewell to this extraordinary woman who has now joined the heavenly chorus, let us remember Beverly Kay Mitchell not only for her accomplishments but also for the strength of character that defined her life's journey. May she rest in eternal peace, forever celebrated for the indelible mark she left on the hearts of those fortunate enough to have known her.
Arrangements are under the direction of Sabrina N. Young of Young's Daughters Funeral Home and Bereavement Center in Temple, Texas.