Edith L. VanBeek

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Edith Van Beek left this life to live forever with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on November 16, 2013. She was born on November 5, 1934 in Ossining, New York to Josiah and Charlotte (Marshall) Sherwood. She began her life as a Christian at her grandmother Marshall's knee at the age of seven.

Edie graduated from Ossining High School in 1952 where she excelled as a first chair violinist in the Ossining High School orchestra.

On the occasion of a blind date arranged by her big sister at West Suburban Nursing School in Oak Park, Illinois, she met Gerald (Jerry) VanBeek. The "date" was a performance of the Robert Shaw Chorale at Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois. She returned to New York and they were married about 1 1/2 years later on January 30, 1954. They established their first home in Elgin, Illinois.

Known as Edie, Mom and Mimi, she lived her faith every day, giving, forgiving and demonstrating her firm belief in Christ's atoning work on the cross for all who believed in His Name.

She is preceded in death by her parents and is survived by her husband Jerry and their children; Pam and husband John Van Rieg, son Kenneth and his special friend Karen, and son Peter and his wife Debbie. She was "Mimi" to her precious granddaughters Jessica (VanRieg) Gates, Michelle (VanRieg) Stanton, Brittany Van Beek and Karen's daughter Katie. She and Jerry attended as many of the grandchildren's sporting events as possible, cheering them on win or lose. She is also survived by her dear sister Constance Ford and her family, her brother John (Rhoda) Sherwood and family as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Edie is a charter member of Cypress Bible Church (40yrs) and a supporter of Jerry during his service with the exploratory/founding committee of what would become Cypress Christian School (K-12). She is a long time member of the Senior Saints; their monthly luncheons, and bus trips. She is also a member of Adult Bible Fellowship class.

As a prayer warrior, she would carefully note all those in need of prayer and healing, laying their needs before the Lord. Always putting Jesus first, others next and herself last. Praying, loving, doing and giving to others are the lasting testimony of her faith. Edie will be sorely missed by all who knew her.

A memorial service celebrating Edie's life will be held at Cypress Bible Church, 11711 Cypress N. Houston Rd. Cypress, Texas at 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 23, 2013. Friends can meet with the family following the service.

Edie's family wishes to express their heartfelt thanks to all who visited during her hospital stay, to friends and family for their prayers, calls, cards, and other expressions of kindness. Also, to the medical staffs at Methodist Willowbrook of the E.R., I.C.U., Comfort Care, Vitas Hospice, and Houston Hospice.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Cypress Christian School at 11123 Cypress N. Houston Rd. Houston, TX, 77065; Star of Hope Mission at 6897 Ardmore St., Houston, TX 77054-2307; Mission Aviation Fellowship, P.O. Box 47, Nampa, Idaho 83653-0047, or the .


Published on yourconroenews.com from Nov. 20 to Dec. 3, 2013
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