Jewel LaVerne Beasley of McGregor passed away, Friday night, Dec. 4, 2009, in Waco at the age of 75. Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009,, at First United Methodist Church, 500 S. Madison St., McGregor, Texas, under the direction of Cole Funeral Home, 1113 West Fifth St., McGregor, with the Rev. Lianne Turner officiating. Private inurnment will be in Cox Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Cole Funeral Home.

Mrs. Beasley was born Sept. 6, 1934, in Winchell, Texas, the daughter of Luther Barney and Velma (Russell) Vogel. They preceded her in death. She was reared and educated in Winchell, Texas, and was a 1953 graduate of Brookesmith High School in Brookesmith, Texas, where she was a cheerleader and played on the basketball team. She later graduated from Draughon’s Business College in Abilene, Texas. On March 5, 1954, she was married to Jerald Randolph “Jerry” Beasley in Fort Belvior, Va. After 52 years of marriage, he preceded her in death Sept. 17, 2006. During her husband’s military career, they lived in California and France. She worked in the insurance industry in San Francisco and at the Austin American-Statesman. Longing to return to Texas, she and her family moved to McGregor in 1963. She was a Realtor and later was an office administrator for Naler Insurance Company in McGregor. However, her greatest passion was spent as a loving wife, wonderful mother and compassionate caregiver for her family.

LaVerne was an active member of First United Methodist Church where she was a member of the Blanche Turner Circle and served on the bereavement committee. In earlier years, she was a member of Beta Sigma Phi and several bridge clubs. She was currently a member of the Red Hat Club. Throughout her life, she enjoyed cooking, gardening, sewing and caring for her family, assisting with meals-on-wheels and traveling extensively.

Survivors include a son, Jay Beasley and wife Andrea of Robinson; a daughter, Jill Denman and husband Paul of McKinney; a brother, L.N. “Buddy” Vogel and wife Betty of Temple; a sister, Sherry Carnes and husband Johnny of Harker Heights; three grandchildren, Angela Marlin and husband Jason, Amber Beasley, Jameson Beasley; two great-grandchildren, Jack Marlin, Kenzi Marlin; and her beloved dog Maggie.

For those desiring, the family has suggested First United Methodist Church, 500 South Madison, McGregor, TX 76657 for memorial contributions.

Please visit our memorial at www.mem.com to leave a tribute or fond memory about LaVerne.