01/01/1938 - 03/28/2021
Elvira Beer’s family will celebrate her life of 83 years at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 1, 2021, at the Ford Chapel at First Baptist Church. Her family will host a time of fellowship and remembrance from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 31, 2021, at Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers. She passed on Sunday, March 28, 2021. We invite you to view the live-streamed service here on this page, sign her virtual guestbook and download her memorial keepsake folder to your device for printing. We also ask you to consider viewing her Life Tribute, a video of photographs set to her favorite music.
Elvira was born on January 1, 1938, in Chicota, Texas, as the third child of Jodie Cephus Mahan and Ruby Jane Mahan. She spent her childhood years in Acme, Quanah, and Chillicothe, Texas. She went to high school in Quanah, Texas, where she played on the girls’ basketball team and was a member of Future Homemakers of America. She met Eddie Ray through connections with Eddie’s Aunt Peggy at First Methodist Church, Acme, Texas, in 1953.
Elvira married the love of her life on February 4, 1955, and they raised 3 children to know the Lord. They were involved in Scouting, and each had a troop for many years. Elvira taught Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, worked on the PTA, and was always the parent who volunteered for school activities. In their later years, Elvira and Eddie loved traveling to see children and grandchildren, traveling in the travel trailer, and simply sitting in the backyard together.
Elvira was the Executive Assistant to the University Minister at First Baptist Church for 21 years. Each year she made sure to know the students’ names and personal stories and took each one under her wing to love and cherish. She was always ready with a smile or a shoulder to cry on. She opened her home to them and treated them as one of her children. Elvira kept all the students in her heart and prayers. Elvira went on the University Ministry’s yearly mission trips to build churches, where she cooked for the team and made sure the students were fed and cared for. Elvira loved her Sunday School class, the Samaritan Class, and served on the food committee for funerals and anywhere else the church needed her. She enjoyed Sunday School “Chat and Chew” gatherings.
When not serving her Church, Elvira could be found at her sewing machines. She made countless clothing items for her children as they grew up and then transferred her skills to her grandchildren. She made bridesmaid dresses, costumes, pillows, curtains, and anything else her children, grandchildren, or friends needed. She loved quilting and made numerous quilts for friends and family. Each of her grandchildren has quilts made by “Nana.”
Survivors include her husband, Eddie Beer; their children, Vickie Naylor, Eddie (Pam) Beer, and Cindy (David) Blakely; grandchildren, Stephanie Naylor, Brandon Naylor, Matthew Roll, Rachel Beer, Nathan Beer, Caleb Blakely, Keris Blakely, Micah Blakely, Miriam Blakley, five greatgrandchildren; siblings, Jodie Mahan and Lillie Arney.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Jodie and Ruby Mahan, and sister, Elmira Mahan.