Denton, TX - Beatriz Sophia Ayala Wilson went to be with the Lord on September 9, 2021 at the age of 96. She joined her beloved husband, Smokey, who preceded her in death on May 4, 1967. Bea lived most of her life in McAllen, Texas and most recently with her daughter and son-in-law in Denton, Texas. Bea was born on September 30, 1924 in Edna Texas in Wharton County. She was the daughter of Margarito and Dolores Ayala. She was one of 10 children.
As a child, Bea spent alot of time in the kitchen where her mother taught her to cook. Bea was well known in the family for her famous chili. When not in the kitchen, she loved to care for her garden. She especially loved her fragrant white gardenia plant but the yellow sunflower made her smile. In later years she was a voracious reader and kept herself busy with her stationary exercise bike and working on jigsaw puzzles.
Before retiring, Bea began a career with Montgomery Ward where she spent 15 years. She also worked for 17 yrs as an office manager in the oil industry working for Movac Service Co. She also enjoyed her membership in the Desk and Derrick Club. While living in McAllen, she attended Our Lady Of Sorrows Catholic Church.
Bea was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and aunt. She leaves behind a daughter Jamie Kay (Jere Delano), son Jim (Stephanie), 5 granddaughters, 1 grandson, 8 great-grandchildren, 2 sisters, 2 brothers and numerous nieces and nephews.
Services for Ms Bea are pending.
Published by The Monitor on Sep. 19, 2021.