Beatrice Ray Nelson (Weaver) was born in 1934, a product of Waco, TX. She was the third child of Elijah Bowman Weaver and Pearl Sprat Weaver. Her childhood home was a safe and secure base, where her imagination and individuality were supported by her community and she was exposed to different interests. A devout early believer, Beatrice received Christ at Belmont Baptist Church in Waco, Texas.
Her parents, siblings and relatives encouraged and supported Beatrice’s desire to continue her education and her participation in the community because she was willing to serve the needs of youth and young adults. After earning a bachelor’s degree in English from Paul Quinn College in Dallas, Texas, she became an education instructor and soon after dean of women at her alma mater. She also received a master’s degree in arts education, counseling and guidance from the Southern University of Texas at Houston, where she works as an assistant in a women’s dormitory.
In 1964, she married Alan Weldon Nelson, a Christian who attended Texas College in Tyler, Texas. Alan and Beatrice met in the Phi Beta Sigma – Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, where their hearts were connected. After the marriage, Alan and Beatrice lived in Fort Hood, Texas. Allen received a job offer for the Sawtell administration in California and they moved to Los Angeles, California in 1966, before finally settling in Carson, California. A few years later, they were blessed with a daughter, Robin. With their daughter, they traveled to Texas, visiting the family regularly, visiting and participating in various community, civic, and social organizations, while being active in various ministries at Judson Baptist Church.
After arriving in Los Angeles, Beatrice first worked at Pepperdine University as a secretary in the admissions office of the dean of students, and then taught English at Walton High School in Compton, California. She later transferred to Compton High School, where she not only taught English but was department chair, project manager and federal project coordinator with a staff of thirty-three whose activities include bilingual projects. Her daily goal was to “bring new content and enrichment to the school curriculum, improve academic skills among students with disabilities, and provide Christian leadership to young people through church, school, and community.” In 1999, after 30+ years of service, Beatrice retired from the Compton United School District.
Unfortunately, Beatrice’s husband, Alan, died suddenly in 1987. After her daughter went to college, she decided to renew her interest in community service. Beatrice was a very active member of the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority-Lambda Pi Zeta Chapter, Top Ladies of Distinction, Order of the Eastern Star, The Paul Quinn Alumni Association of Los Angeles, NAACP, National Council Negro Women, Friends of the Homeless, LA Mission , Veterans with Disabilities of America, the American Heart Association, the American Diabetes Association, the Brotherhood Crusade, the National All-Greek Council, the PTA, the March of Dimes, and the National Democratic Association.
Thanks to her outstanding public work, Beatrice has received many awards, recognitions and awards, including the following:
- Lecturer for Women’s Day at Athens Baptist Church in Los Angeles and Judson Baptist Church in Carson, Lecturer at Belmont Baptist Youth Day and guest speaker at The Walton Wonder Women’s Club.
- Honored by Colonel Louis D. Hull, buffalo soldier
- Honored by Congresswoman Juanita MacDonald
- Speaker at the AJ Moore High School Meeting
- Hire Lambda Pi Zeta Chapter, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. in Carson, California in 1982
- Zeta of the Year in 1989 for the Lambda Pi Zeta Chapter
- As Chair of the National Capital Campaign, National Trustee, Seminar Leader, and Southern California State Director for Zeta Phi Beta Sorority (which she holds six years) · President of the California Alumni Association of Paul Quinn College
- The Outstanding Service Award from Torrance, California
- Phi Delta Kappa Service Award
- She started a scholarship fund in honor of her late husband at Judson Baptist Church in Carson, California.
- Congratulations from the 42nd President of the United States William Jefferson Clinton
Beatrice was also very proud to be the Royal Blue and White Family. It is dedicated to Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. in 1956 through Delta Upsilon Zeta Chapter in Waco, Texas, and her husband Allen was dedicated to Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. at Texas College. Her daughter Robin became Zeta Legacy at UCLA, and her son-in-law, Rev. Clifford Young Jr., is also a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Father-in-law Benny R. Sefus are also members of the Phi Beta Family.
When Beatrice had some rest, she played softball, table tennis, spent time with her grandchildren, and loved to travel. One of the highlights of her many trips was the trip to Seoul, Korea in 1991. Beatrice shared a love of jazz music, as did her husband Alan, but her favorite genre is gospel music, and her favorite song is “You Brought the Sunshine” by The Sisters Clark.
Beatrice Ray Nelson died on March 5, 2022 with her daughter next to her. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents and all her siblings and their husbands, Adele Weaver Sefus (Benny), Edwin Weaver (Norma) and Arlington Weaver (Velma). She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Robin Nelson Young, and Rev. Clifford O. Young Jr., her grandchildren; Clifford O’Del Young III and Catherine Oliva Young; her nephews Cheryl Simpson and Jackie Etheridge; her nephews Arlington Weaver Jr., Blaine Weaver, Patrick Weaver and Cedric Sephass; the great nephew Charles Etheridge and many cousins and friends. She will be laid to rest with her husband Alan Weldon Nelson at Doris Miller Cemetery in Waco, Texas.
The family wants to acknowledge the personal love and care provided by her caregivers Vernetti Daniels, Tiney Romain and Olivia Boudreau.
The screening is Friday, April 1, 2022 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM at Skyrose Chapel, Rose Hills Memorial Park 3888 Workman Mill Road, Whittier, CA from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM.
The Feast of Life Services is Saturday, April 2, 2022 at 11:00 a.m., to be held at Judson 451 E. Baptist Church. 223rd St., Carson, CA 90746
The funeral service is Tuesday, April 5, 2022 at 1:00 PM at Doris Miller Memorial Park – Martin Luther King Garden – 4800 Bellmead Dr. Waco, TX. 76706. Services entrusted to McDowell Funeral Home, Waco, TX.
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