Nina Beard Reeves, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, and friend celebrated her heavenly birthday on October 24, 2021. She was born on the exact same date 82 years earlier to her parents, Benjamin and Bertha (Newgent) Beard in Big Flat, Arkansas. She was the youngest of six children. The family moved to Warren, Arkansas and she attended schools in Fordyce, Arkansas, graduating from Fordyce High School in 1957. She moved to Mesquite, Texas, joining several of her siblings. Her brother Pete had a coworker, David Reeves, that he jokingly called his "brother-in-law." Eventually, he introduced David to his little sister and within a few months they were married. They were blessed with 56 years of marriage. They settled first in Mesquite where their daughter Ruth and son David were born. The family moved to Houston in 1967 and daughter Rebekah was born a few years later.
Nina enjoyed working in the nursery at Westbury Baptist Church in Houston, her home church for over forty years. She made many dear friends while rocking babies to sleep to the tune of "Jesus Loves Me." She also loved caring for children in her own home, especially her grandchildren. After David's retirement, they walked on Brays Bayou daily and cared for the yards of many of their neighbors and friends together. She spent many hours reading books from the church library. They also enjoyed many long road trips around the USA and overseas travel to England and Singapore. When David's health began to fail, she faithfully cared for him until his death in 2017.
She is survived by her children Ruth Reeves Underwood and husband Kent, David Edward Reeves, and Rebekah Reeves and husband Kevin Silva. She dearly loved her grandchildren Jarrod Underwood and wife Emily, Kaitlyn Underwood, Dylan Johan, Vincent Silva, and Isabella Silva. Newest additions, great grandsons Emmett and Arthur Underwood brought her great joy. She is also survived by her sister Nancy Pennington and sister-in-laws Betty Beard and Lynda Beard. She is preceded in death by her husband David, her parents, and her four brothers, Leo, Peg, Dick, and Pete.
Nina will be greatly missed by her family and friends. She freely gave of her time and talents to help her community over the years. The family would like to thank her beloved friends and neighbors for their care and support, especially in the last few years of her life.
A graveside burial service will be held Friday, October 29 at Mesquite City Cemetery beginning at 1 p.m. A memorial service will be held Saturday, October 30 at Westbury Baptist Church, Houston at 3 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Childrens Ministry of Westbury Baptist Church, Houston, TX or the Alzheimer's Association.