Beverley May Collins Borchelt, of Corpus Christi, died on May 8, 2009, ending a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer.

Beverley was born on March 10, 1947 in Perth, Western Australia to Norman and Helen Collins. After graduating from school, she traveled to London on a working holiday and then on to Kingsville, where she met her husband of 37 years, Larry. She obtained a degree in accounting from Texas A&I University and managed a career that lasted more than 25 years with Rabalais I&E Constructors.

She was a founding and active member of Messiah Lutheran Church. Her hobbies included knitting, needlepoint and crochet. While she played and managed a number of softball teams, her passion was tennis.

She was preceded in death by her parents and by her father-in-law, Merle Borchelt of Dallas.

She is survived by her husband, her mother-in-law, Virginia Borchelt; a sister, Lorraine (Rob) Meuleman; sister-in-law, Linda Borchelt; brother-in-law, Mark Borchelt; two children, Tamarra (Rick) Liddle; their children, Hannah and Caleb and Preston (Kelly) Borchelt; their children, Maylyn, Avery and Sophia; and numerous other relatives here in the United States, Australia, England and Scotland.

A memorial service will be held at Messiah Lutheran Church, 4102 Trinity River Drive (at the entrance to the Wood River subdivision off Northwest Boulevard in Calallen) at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 15. A time of fellowship will immediately follow the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Beverley's name to Messiah Lutheran Church, 4102 Trinity River Drive, Corpus Christi, Texas 78410 or the pancreatic cancer research effort at MD Anderson Cancer Center, 1515 Holcombe Boulevard, Houston, Texas 77030.

Sawyer-George Funeral Home