Mary Beth Moore Essary, 56, died peacefully at her home in Granite Shoals March 26, 2010, with her two daughters, husband and sister at her side. She died from complications of lupus.
She was born Feb. 13, 1954, in Cleveland and was known to say that she was “an eight-day Yankee.” She was the daughter of A.G. and Mary B. Moore and grew up mostly in Kerrville. She had two sisters and two brothers. She lived in Kerrville for 10-12 years, and also lived in Austin and Houston; Hanford, Calif.; Tow; Marble Falls; and most recently Granite Shoals.
She married Raymond F. Essary on Feb. 10, 1990.
She graduated from Leander High School and as a teenager loved to do hair and makeup. She was very good at art and completed numerous paintings in her youth and as an adult and was a member of the VSA Artist organization in Austin. One of her paintings was on display at the VSA Art Gallery in Austin and was picked by Gov. Rick Perry’s staff to be used as a backdrop for a speech.
She decided to become a nurse and completed licensed vocational nurse training at Llano Memorial Hospital in 1977 and worked in pediatrics for several years, in the neo-natal intensive care unit and as a surgical scrub nurse. She also completed two years of college at Angelo State University. Due to the physical deterioration caused by lupus, she had to give up nursing and later spent more time on her art and writing.
She completed and published a book titled “The Brush of Angels Wings.” She had the privilege of meeting well-known Christian authors such as Joni Eareckson Tada, Jerry B. Jenkins, Tim LaHaye and Ruth Graham.
She has been a member of First Baptist Church of Kerrville, First Baptist Church of Tow and most recently First Baptist Church, Granite Shoals. She used her bathroom as a her prayer closet and interceded for others as her ministry. She firmly believed in the presence of angels in our daily lives.
She fostered creativity in her children, and they share her gifts for art and writing.
Survivors include her husband; her children and their spouses Cassandra Lynn and Jack Dorich, Stephen and Keta Essary, Shannon and Denise Essary, Kenneth and Amber Green, Cassi Lee and Jonathan Sultemeier, and Nikki and Christopher Fox; 17 grandchildren; sister Sandy Darville; and brothers David Moore and Neal Moore.
The family is grateful for the services of Texas Home Health Hospice.
Family visitation was March 29 at Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home, 1805 U.S. 281 North in Marble Falls.
Services were March 29 at the First Baptist Church in Granite Shoals with the Rev. Jack Whyburn officiating.
She was interred at Marble Falls City Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Jim Brewer, Mike Brasuel, Stephen Essary, Kenneth Green, Chris Fox, and Jonathan Sultemeier.
Donations may be made in lieu of flowers to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.