Mary Ann Battershell
Mary Ann Battershell, 81, of Temple, passed away Friday, June 15, 2012 with her family at her side. A memorial visitation will be held Saturday, June 23, 2012 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at The Gabriels Funeral Chapel, 393 North IH 35, Georgetown, Texas. Mary Ann will be buried aside her husband at the Liberty Hill Cemetery in Liberty Hill, Texas. Mary Ann was born in Port Arthur, Texas to Lewis F. and Cordie Mae Caraway Reeves on July 18, 1930. She was the third of three children, having a brother, Douglas, and sister, Jean. She was blessed with a lovely soprano voice and used it well in church. She studied vocal performance and music education at Lamar Junior College and later at Sam Houston State Teachers College. While visiting prospective church members for Procter Street Baptist Church, she met David Battershell. They were married on June 16, 1951. David found a job opportunity in Houston in 1953 with Hudson Engineering, a company he would later lead as President. Their first child, Ben, was born in 1954; three years later, Brian was born. Dave's job required travel; Mary Ann got used to handling the boys and home without Dave's consultation. She instilled her love of music into her boys. In 1961, the family moved to Bunker Hill Village on Houston's west side where they joined Tallowood Baptist Church as charter members. Mary Ann anchored the home while volunteering at church and school. She visited new mothers and cared for newborns during Sunday School for many years. After retirement, Mary Ann and Dave moved to Georgetown, Texas. They enjoyed traveling to Scottsdale and England's West Country. She was blessed with 6 wonderful grandchildren. Mary Ann was preceded in death by her husband Dave in 2002; and her brother Douglas of Port Arthur. Mary Ann is survived by sons, Brian Battershell and wife Robin of Belton, and Ben Battershell and wife Pima of Austin; her grandchildren, Daniel Battershell of Waco, Lauren Ridley and husband Brian of Houston, Christopher Battershell of San Marcos, David Battershell and wife Laura of Austin, Kara Battershell of Austin, and Samuel Battershell and wife Lauren of Houston; sister-in-law, Marjorie Reeves of Port Arthur; sister, Jean Skinner of Kerrville; sister-in-law, Mary Ard and husband Jack of Waco; brother-in-law, Ray Battershell and wife Margo of Hico; along with numerous nieces and nephews and many friends. Personal words of comfort may be sent to the family online at www.gabrielsfuneral.com.