Beverlie Buck Mayer, 92, died Thursday, Oct. 9, 2008.
She was a remarkably talented and loving woman. She married Jack Mayer in 1938, and together they raised four children, Lynn, Jackie, Beth and Jim.
Her unmistakable imprint is a legacy felt by those she taught in junior high school, private piano and voice for over 55 years, those with whom she worked in choirs and choruses, and those who know and realize her contributions to Sandusky's musical heritage. She was Sandusky's "Mother of Choral Music."
She served as trusted confidant and was an excellent listener. She inspired and encouraged all of us "to be the best we could possibly be, to give of ourselves to others, and know that God is always with us."
When she smiled, she beamed. When she complimented young and elderly, it was genuine, and when she hugged and kissed her family, friends and strangers, you knew that "you were being touched by one of God's angels."
She helped found and was the first member of the Sandusky High School A Cappella Choir in 1933, and graduated that same year. She continued her education at Baldwin-Wallace College where she was inducted into Mu Phi Epsilon, National Honorary Music Sorority and Theta Alpha Phi, National Honorary Dramatics Fraternity as a junior. She was selected as White Rose Orator for Commencement Weekend 1938 and graduated cum laude with a double major, music education and English/speech.
Mrs. Mayer taught junior high music in Monroeville, Milan(where she started the musicprogram) and Sandusky for over 40 years. She founded and directed the College Women's Chorus from 1940-1958, and then founded, directed and produced the Firelands Chorus until she retired in 1988. She established the "Beverlie Mayer Music Scholarship" and because of her friendship with Fred Waring, she also established the "Fred Waring Music Scholarship."
She was very involved in the Sandusky community. She was the Director of Music at Congregational Church for 33 years, directed the 250-voice children's choirs for the North Central Festival ofChoristers' Guild and Adult Choir of the International Grand Chapter Triennial Assembly of Eastern Stars, was the Assistant Director of Ohio Honors Chorale touring Europe during the summers (1960s-1970s) and was past treasurer of Ohio Music Educators' Association. Mrs. Mayer was the director and producer of the Miss Ohio Pageant from 1964-1968.
Mrs. Mayer was a past member of the State of Ohio Education Evaluation Team for high schools, colleges and universities, organized and chaired the Music Educators' National Conference Building Fund in Ohio and the steering committee for the Central Division Convention of the American Choral Directors in Cleveland (1988) and was editor of the Ohio Choral Directors' NEWS for four years in the 1970's.
Her recognitions included 1963 Erie County Mother of the Year, 1989 Distinguished Service Award from the Junior Chamber of Commerce, 2000 Senior Queen of Erie County, 2000 President's Award of Northwest Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Honor, 25-year member award Ohio Music EducationAssociation, and life member of Harlequins, Inc. She was honored by the City of Sandusky with"Beverlie Mayer Day", April 30, 1988.
Mrs. Mayer established the "Beverlie Buck Mayer MusicScholarship" at Baldwin-Wallace.
She was class speaker for the Baldwin-Wallace 50th reunion in 1988, was listed in Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities from Baldwin-WallaceCollege and was the recipient of the Outstanding Conservatory Alumni Award from Baldwin-WallaceCollege in 1997.
Her greatest joys were herhusband, Jack, who passed away in 1998; children, Lynn (Rose) Mayer, Jackie Townsend, Beth Swailes and Jim (Jean) Mayer; nine grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; sister, Lindsley (Bert) Ludy; niece, Jeanne Gerson; and many nieces and nephews.
Her parents, Emma and Charles Buck; guardian, Hewson "Judgie" Peeke; and her "Aunt Dindie" Schumacher, have all passed away.
A memorial service will be conducted Sunday, Nov. 2, 2008, in First Congregational United Church of Christ, 431 Columbus Ave., Sandusky; time will be announced later. Groff Funeral Home, Sandusky, is handling arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be sent to Beverlie Buck Mayer Music Scholarship, c/o The Development Office, Baldwin-Wallace College, Berea, OH 44017, Beverlie Mayer Scholarship Fund, c/o Firelands Chorus, P.O. Box 1435 Sandusky, OH 44870, or Stein Hospice Inc., 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870.