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Beverly Timberlake Abbey

Obituary for Beverly Timberlake Abbey

January 9, 1930 - October 16, 2018
Houston, Texas | Age 88

forward thinking, positive, and independent woman


Beverly Timberlake Abbey passed away peacefully on October 16, 2018. She was born into a ranching family in Deming, New Mexico, on January 9, 1930, the daughter of Thomas Edgar Timberlake and Sylvia Nagle Timberlake. She survived both of her parents and her two older brothers, Thomas Edgar Timberlake Jr. and Robert Mason Timberlake.

Although her family ranched in New Mexico and Colorado, they made their home in El Paso, Texas. She graduated from The Radford School for Girls, and attended the University of New Mexico and the University of Texas.

She married Joseph Gruy, Jr., a rancher from Beeville and Hebbronville, Texas. While raising their three daughters in Beeville, she was active with the Republican Women of Bee County, the Beeville Country Club house committee and Rosetta.

In 1963 she moved with her daughters to El Paso, Texas, where she was active in the Kappa Alpha Theta Alumnae Association of West Texas and New Mexico. Her flair for entertaining helped her successfully chair ways and means projects for various clubs and organizations in El Paso.

What was planned to be a one year adventure to Houston turned into a life of happy and exciting experiences for Beverly. She was known for her beauty, style, elegance and grace and will be remembered as an exceptionally strong, charming, fun and fabulous woman. She was active in the Houston Symphony Guild, the Kappa Alpha Theta Alumnae Association, as a Kinkaid mother and a member of the Pan American Round Table. Beverly enjoyed the Brown Thumb Garden Club and especially loved tending her gardens and gardenias.

In 1986 she married William C. Abbey and made her home in San Antonio, Texas, until his death in 1989, at which time she returned to Houston.

Beverly's three daughters have always been her pride and joy. Her greatest happiness came from being with her girls and traveling on annual trips to New York, California and Mexico. Throughout her life Beverly was a forward thinking, positive, and independent woman which she credited to her pioneering parents and ranching heritage. She set an example of the highest standards. Her priority was to maintain a beautiful home in order to surround her girls with love, laughter, silver and lace.

She is survived by Clayton Gruy Erikson and her husband, Sheldon R. Erikson of Houston, TX, Carolyn Gruy Biedenharn and her husband, Lawrence Tucker Biedenharn from San Antonio and Boerne, Texas, and Lisa Gruy Brandt and her husband, Wayne Martin Brandt, from Pasadena, California. She is also survived by her five grandchildren; Kahler Biedenharn Marlow and her husband Kristian Marlow, Lawrence Tucker Biedenharn, Jr. and his wife, Sarah Nunley Biedenharn, Allison Biedenharn, Emily Brandt and Robert Brandt and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family would like to give special thanks to San Juana de la Cruz, Irma Ramirez, Jorge Surugui, Mercedes Mantanico, Paulette Woods and Sandra Grover for their loving care and devotion.

The light is dimmer here today, but brighter where she has gone.

There will be a visitation in Houston on Friday, October 19, followed by a graveside service in San Antonio on Saturday, October 20, 2018, at Sunset Memorial Park at 3:00 p.m.

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