Elizabeth Bardin Reeves was born Nov. 12, 1915, in Balmorhea, Texas, to Perry and Maggie Wagnon. Her father was a teacher, farmer, rancher and buyer of cotton and hay in the area. She had two sisters, Marjorie and Lois (deceased 1910) and two brothers, Perry and Howard.
Elizabeth attended elementary school and high school in Balmorhea, Texas. She later attended Howard Payne University for a year, transferring and then graduating from Hardin Simmons University with a bachelorâ€™s degree. Elizabeth next attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, along with her husband Mark, where she obtained a degree in religious education. She completed her education by earning a masterâ€™s degree in elementary education from Baylor University in Waco, Texas.
She married Mark Reeves Jr. on July 19, 1936, in Balmorhea, Texas, at Balmorhea Baptist Church. They made their first home in Fort Stockton, Texas. The following year they moved to Fort Worth, where they both attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. While at seminary, in February 1938, their son, Mark III, was born.
Upon graduation, the Rev. Mark Reeves pastored several small Baptist churches in Fort Worth, Texas, and Louisiana, later settling in West Texas, where Mark pastored long term in Ysleta and Cohoama. Elizabeth, having received her degree in religious education, served faithfully alongside her husband. Mark considered Elizabeth vital to his pastoral ministry. They were a happy and companionable couple as they served the Lord faithfully together.
Throughout her life, she loved her family and cherished time spent with them.
Elizabeth taught elementary school from time to time during her husbandâ€™s years of pastoring.
The Rev. Mark Reeves was forced to retire early due to severe health issues. Therefore, in 1960, Elizabeth and her husband, Mark, moved to Waco, Texas, where they bought a new home,which allowed them to be near their son and daughter-in-law and their young family. It was then that Elizabeth began teaching full time. She decided to pursue her masterâ€™s degree in elementary education from Baylor University, as it would be beneficial for her and Mark. Altogether, Elizabeth taught elementary school for 30 years.
During their years in Waco, Elizabeth and her husband, Mark, were well known and active members of Seventh and James Baptist Church and the community. She taught childrenâ€™s Sunday School classes and vacation Bible School for many years. She sang in the church choir and was a member of the Baylor Singing Seniors. Mark worked in the Baylor Book Store during his retirement, where he enjoyed contact with the students.
After Elizabeth retired from teaching, she became even more active in her church and community service. Through the Waco Meals on Wheels ministry program, Elizabeth enjoyed preparing food and helping deliver meals to people who were shut-in.
She was also an excellent hostess and loved young people. She welcomed Baylor students into her home for dinner and game nights and also taught foreign students English through her churchâ€™s English as a Second Language program.
In 2000, Elizabeth moved into an assisted living facility in Katy, Texas. The move allowed her to be near her family, who had moved to Katy in 2000. Elizabeth became a member of First Baptist Church in Katy, Texas, and for the past 13 years she has resided in assisted living facilities in Katy. At the age of 97, it was necessary for her to be moved to a nursing home in Katy, where she passed away on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013.
She always made friends easily, encouraged everyone who she met and was a great encourager to her family. She saw the bright side in any situation and was always happy to be alive. She was dearly loved by all of her family and friends. We will miss her very much. One of her favorite quotes was, â€śThis ole world is mighty hard to beat. With every rose there comes a thorn, but arenâ€™t the roses sweet?â€ť
She is survived by daughter-in-law, Mittie Reeves of Katy, Texas; granddaughter, Betty June Reeves of Houston, Texas; grandson, Mark Reeves IV, wife Stephanie and their three daughters, Rebecca, Katherine and Margaret (Elizabethâ€™s great granddaughters), all of Katy, Texas; niece, Marsha Ward and husband Jim Ward of Ardmore, Okla.; great niece and nephew, Kamey and Chad Johnson of Hobbs, N.M.; and Nina Wagnon, wife of Elizabethâ€™s late nephew, Wayne Wagnon, and their three children.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, at Schmidt Funeral Home Chapel in Katy, Texas, with the Rev. Elbert White and the Rev. Martin Crowell officiating. A committal service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at the Waco Memorial Park Mausoleum Chapel in Waco, Texas, with the Rev. Erin Conaway officiating.
Those wishing to make memorial gifts may do so to the First Baptist Church of Katy, 600 Pin Oak Rd., Katy, Texas 77494. Flowers may be sent to Schmidt Funeral Home.
Condolences may be expressed at www.SchmidtFuneralHome.net.
Funeral services held under the direction of Schmidt Funeral Home, 1508 East Ave., Katy, Texas 77493, 281- 391-2424.