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Barbara “Bobbie” Ann Beaver, 83, of Raytown Missouri, went to be with the Lord on December 13, 2017 at 12:15 pm. Her celebration of life will be held at 11:00 am, Monday, December 18th, 2017 preceded by a visitation at 10:00 am, at Tri-City Baptist Church, 430 NE Duncan Rd Blue Springs, Missouri.
Babara (Bobbie) was born in Spelter City, Oklahoma January 16th, 1934. She would often refer to herself to other family members as an “Okie from Muskogee.” Born to Ed and Gertie Reasons, she was the oldest of seven children. At an early age, she moved to southern California where she lived until until she met her first husband, Deon Tyson. They spent the years of 1949- 1961 in Richmond, Virginia, where she had a son, John Edward, and a daughter, Lani Jo. In 1961, she and her children moved to Kansas City, Missouri, where she met and married Carl (Sonny) Beaver. Bobbie and Sonny had two children: Mark David and Amy Sue.
Bobbie rededicated her life to the Lord in 1969 when Sonny was led to the Lord by Tom Sooter and Darrell Barlow during a Thursday evening neighborhood evangelism visit. They then began their spiritual journey together and in 1976 they joined Tri-city Baptist Church where Bobbie began teaching in the preschool. She continued to teach Kindergarten and Preschool for the next 30+ years. She continued to substitute as needed up until 2014. Countless children have been impacted and guided by her gentle, caring, and nurturing love in the classroom.
She is preceeded in death by her husband, Carl Beaver in 1998, her mother Gertie in 1989, and all of her 6 brothers. She is survived by her two half sisters, Dezra and Zandi Funderburk, and her children, John Tyson (wife Bonnie) of Independence, Lani Caughron (husband Bill) of Raytown, Mark Beaver of Spokane, Washington, and Amy Herbster (husband Michael) of Ringgold, Louisiana. She has 11 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, and 3 great-great grandchildren.
Her life of faith revolved around her friendships and faithfulness to the ministry of her church. Since the passing of her husband, she established a regular time of encouragement with several other ladies. These friends have been priceless in their ministry to her as they have together sought to be faithful in the latter years of their lives. Bobbie’s life and ministry is a testimony of a life of gentleness and kindness, especially demonstrated in her life long ministry to children. Her simple way of life demonstrated that she desired to quietly and faithfully serve the Lord and others. She has demonstrated biblical womanhood and as a result, her children “Rise up and call her blessed.”
Bobbie’s favorite verse was Isaiah 41:10: “Fear thou not, for I am with thee; be not dismayed for I am thy God. I will strengthen thee, yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”
Because of her steadfast faith in a God who cannot lie, she is rejoicing in the splendors of Heaven. Her faith has become sight!