Born in Marion, Indiana on August 13, 1926, Beverly Steele Draper passed away on Tuesday, September 8, 2015. Beverly grew up in Indiana and Ohio and moved with her family in 1942 to Houston, Texas where she graduated from San Jacinto High School in 1943. Beverly graduated from the University of Houston in 1947 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, majoring in Art with minors in Architecture, French, Sociology and English.
Beverly married William Leonard Draper, then a senior at Baylor College of Medicine, on August 20, 1947. Not much older than her students, Beverly taught art to architecture students at the University of Houston. She also taught in Houston public schools. Later Beverly and her U.S. Navy doctor husband lived in Birmingham, Alabama; Pensacola, Florida and Charleston, South Carolina before returning to Houston in 1951 where they raised their children. Dr. Draper practiced otolaryngology for 52 years until his retirement in 2000; his dedication to his field and his patients was made simpler by Beverly’s selfless management of the other aspects of their lives.
Beverly had as well a multitude of interests that she pursued her entire life including art, architecture, painting, writing, reading, history and genealogy. She was a longtime member of First Presbyterian Church and was also involved with many nonprofit organizations throughout her lifetime. She was a member of the Harris County Heritage Society and a charter member of both the Houston Junior Forum and the Assistance League of Houston. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Lady Washington Chapter; Colonial Dames of America, Chapter VIII (Officer); and the Huguenot Society of Texas, St. Bartholomew Chapter. She was a member of the College Women’s Club of Houston, the Harris County Medical Society Alliance (Board Member), the Art League of Houston (Board Member), the River Oaks Rose Club (Officer), Retired Physicians Organization, Elizabeth Circle at First Presbyterian Church, her beloved Birthday Club, and the Foundation for Hope Village (Board Member). She was also a member of the Petroleum Club and an alumna of Alpha Delta Pi.
But above all, Beverly was devoted to her family, friends, faith and to serving others. Beverly will be remembered for her laughter, her kindness and how she met trials in life with great faith and courage. Her life continues to inspire us all.
Beverly is now reunited in heaven with her husband of 56 years, William L. Draper; parents, Lorene and Arthur Steele; son-in-law, Thomas Bellows; and other cherished family members and friends. She is missed and lovingly remembered by her children, Diane Draper Page and husband Keyes Page, William Kerry Draper, Laura Draper Bellows and husband Jack Pendergrast, and Steven Steele Draper; her grandchildren, David Page, Laura Page Swanzey and husband Gene Swanzey, Jack Bellows and wife Anne Fisher Bellows, Steven Bellows and wife Anne-Marie Olarte Bellows, Katherine Draper, Elizabeth Draper, William Draper and Robert Draper; and her great-grandsons, James Swanzey and Luke Swanzey; as well as other family members and many friends.
A memorial service worshiping God and honoring Beverly’s life will be held at First Presbyterian Church, 5300 Main Street, Houston, Texas 77004 on Monday, September 13, at 11:00 AM. The family will receive friends at the church after the service.
A private family graveside service at Memorial Oaks will precede the memorial service.
If so desired, in lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent in her memory to The Foundation for Hope Village, 15403 Hope Village Road, Friendswood, Texas 77546 or to the charity of your choice.