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Beverly Nannette (Payne) Peiser

August 27, 1935 ~ June 7, 2022 (age 86)

Obituary

It is with a heavy heart that the family of Beverley Nanette Payne Peiser share that she passed from this life on Tuesday, June 7, 2022, in San Angelo, surrounded by her loved ones. A Citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Beverly was very proud of her Heritage.


Beverly (Payne) Peiser was a caring and loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, friend, and colleague. Just shy of 87 years old, she very suddenly joined a circle of her family and friends in heaven including her daughter, Lisa Powell, as well as her parents and two siblings.


Beverly is survived by her husband of 68 years, Billy D. Peiser of San Angelo. She is also survived by her son, Barry Peiser and wife Joneen of Fulshear; and daughter, Pam Seipp and husband Wayne of Llano. Lisa's husband Rusty Powell and family live in Arkansas.


Beverly was born to Francis and Nannie Payne in Antlers, Pushmataha, Oklahoma. Honored to have a large family, she was raised in Hugo. She met Billy D. Peiser while working at the drugstore in April 1953 while still in school. Bill was in the area working for a survey crew.


Though she was the second oldest child, Beverly's parents would not let her marry until she turned 18. She traveled by bus to Oklahoma City to work for GTE as a telephone operator until she was of age to marry. Beverly and Bill were married in November 1953.


Beverly was strong-willed, but devoted to her family. She was a leader and a follower, as demonstrated by her moving multiple times with Billy D. while he surveyed in Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado and New Mexico. During the earlier years they had two children Barry and Pam.


Beverly, Bill, and family moved to Yuma when Bill went into the Border Patrol. Their daughter, Lisa, was born while in Arizona. In April 1964 they were transferred to Marfa, where the spent much of their life together, 44 years. Their last 14, they lived in San Angelo.


Beverly loved her family, including her grandchildren, Karin, Tess, Megan, Thorin, and Jamie; and great grandchildren, Alexandra, John, Elijah, Samuel, and Raziela. She held annual summer camps for her grandchildren and took most of them on special "Disney Tours" or trips.


Beverly treasured her extended families and always looked forward to their regular reunions. No matter a Payne or Peiser reunion, she was eager to gather for a buffet meal, a board game, white elephant exchange, and of course "story telling."


Beverly loved "happy hour" and had two each day. Beginning each with a devotional and coffee, she ended each with snacks, drinks, games, and stories. Dedicated, she was given a key to Carmen's Café in Marfa to get the coffee on early. She often brought in her own baked goods.


As a service professional, Beverly always worked in public relations and communications. Serving first as a telephone operator, she spent several years as a travel agent. She was a teller for a savings and loan association, and she served the public at the Davis Mountain State Park.


Beverly was a generous volunteer! She served St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Marfa, as well as the thrift store. She volunteered at the Marfa Public Library, and she was an educational reenactor for the Fort Davis National historic site, cooking on a wood stove each weekend.


Beverly's suffering short, her grandchildren were with her. Enjoying time together they hosted an Elvis concert that brought her great joy. Granddaughters, Tess and Megan shared their individual projects working with indigenous people, and Thorin shared his brew master work.


Beverly joins her family in heaven and will lovingly be remembered by her ten siblings and families, Phillip Payne and wife Sally, Ross Dale Payne, Linda Robertson and husband Robbie, Karen (Paul) Lyles, Jane Maxwell, Jan Maxwell, Becky Smith and wife Dennis, Jill Sanneman husband Dudley, and Chris Payne wife Vickie.


Beverly's grandparents preceding her in death include: Charles Francis Payne and Sophia Minnie Hibben Payne, and Roy Cornelius Harris and Priscilla Gertrude Taylor Harris.
Honoring her requests, Robert Massie Funeral Home provided a direct burial Wednesday, June 8, 2022, at Mullen's Cemetery outside of San Angelo. She wanted no funeral service and no flowers. As per her request a "Celebration of Life" will be held at a later date. An announcement will follow.


In lieu of this, memorials in her name may be made to: Marfa Public Library (check to Friends of Marfa Public Library, Drawer U, Marfa, TX 79843); Chahta Foundation for Education (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma: https://chahtafoundation.com/donate/ ), or your favorite charity.

Excerpt of "Death and Transformation"
Choctaw proud, intense lover,
Holder of so many forgotten stories, lessons to be learned
Passed on, I am honored to have you as part of my story,
So honored to heal a wisdom born of oppression and fear
Generations removed.
 

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