Beverly Jean Terry
1938 – 2022
Beverly was born on July 20, 1938 in Maud, OK to Buddie Harold and Esther Lucille (Gifford) Jones. Beverly’s father was in the oil business which caused the family to move frequently allowing Bev to live in 13 different cities during her childhood. The summer before her junior year of High School the family landed in Edmond, OK where she became a graduate of Edmond High School. It was during this time she met Sidney Charles Terry and they married a year after graduation in September 1957.
Sid and Bev had 3 children, Janice Lynn, Sidney Ross and Angela Lynn (who passed away at childbirth). Because Sid was in the Air Force, the family moved around the country and finally landed back in Edmond, OK in 1967 where she continued to live in a house they purchased near family for 55 years.
Beverly in the early years worked at Southwestern Bell in Edmond, OK later to return to that job upon returning to Edmond. In 1978 Sid and Bev divorced. In order to maintain and raise two kids at home Bev decided she had to move in to sales. Being told many times woman could not make it in sales/marketing this only drove her to excel. While working full time and raising a family, she received her B.S. degree in Business Administration from Central State University. Bev took a job at Southwestern Bell in Oklahoma City and moved into Sales. While the Bell companies took various names she tended to later call that the AT&T years where she worked for 40 years. Bev became an Account Manager selling telephone systems to many hospitals, universities, state department offices and later larger global accounts like Hertz.
After retirement Beverly became a volunteer at hospitals, state and local government events, and later found her love for history. She became Secretary of the Edmond Historic Preservation Trust and became heavily involved in the restoration of the first public schoolhouse built in Oklahoma Territory known today as the 1889 Territorial School. Bev was passionate about this project sending numerous letters, speaking with many groups as well as writing many grants to collect and raise money for not only this restoration but several other Edmond historic projects. Bev loved to share history and worked with the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and many other groups teaching them the about early days of Edmond.
Beverly went to be with the Lord on July 14, 2022 and was preceded in death by both parents, two sisters, and two daughters. She is survived by her son, Sidney Ross Terry and wife Carol. Five grandchildren, Amy Ramsey, husband Derik and their daughter Dahlia, Melissa Ramsey and her son Owen, Sydney Benjamin, husband Roger and their sons, Gavin, Leo and Henry, Spencer Terry, and Lauren Pettit, husband Michael and their children Eli and Emma along with several nieces and nephews, other family members and friends.
Public visitation will be held Tuesday, July 19th, 2022, at Matthews Funeral Home.
Services will be held Wednesday, July 20th, 2022 at First Christian Church of Edmond beginning at 2:00PM. Interment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.
To live stream the service please click the following link http://fccedmond.org/terry EDIT: We have been notified by the church that the streaming equipment is not working at this time. The service is being recorded and will be available to view at a later time. Thank you for your understanding.