Beverly Lynn Drexel, of Dublin, Ohio, passed away on February 11, 2021, after her eight year fight with cancer which she battled with amazing courage and grace. She passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family. Bev would not have wanted her family to go on and on about her in her obituary. However, Bev was a magical unicorn, whose life should be shared, especially by her husband of fifty years, Ray Drexel, who has never missed an opportunity to tell others about the “love of his life”.
Bev was born February 12, 1950, in Rush Run, Ohio. Bev and her family moved to Columbus when she was five years old, and she graduated from Bexley High School in 1968. Bev received both Bachelor and Master Degrees in Education at The Ohio State University. While there, Bev was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority, an Ohio State cheerleader, and she married her cheerleading partner in 1971. Bev was a devoted teacher for thirty-one years, first in Southwestern City Schools, and then in Worthington City Schools (Worthington Park Elementary and Phoenix Middle School). Bev is survived by her loving husband, Ray; father, Clyde Pinkley; children, Kate (Shawn) Wooddell, Alex (Dixie) Drexel; grandchildren, Drex and Bradie Wooddell, and Xander, Beluxi, and Storm Drexel; caregiver/sister-in-law, Jill Drexel; uncle, James Braden; and her canine companion, Brandie. Bev will be reunited in heaven with her mother, Mary Catharine Pinkley, and her aunt, Jean Braden.
“In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” Bev lived life to the fullest. She had a quick wit and great sense of humor, which endeared her to family and friends. She enjoyed playing with her grandkids, attending OSU football games, tailgates, musicals, and relaxing in good weather sitting out on the back deck of her home.
At this time, there will not be a service in Bev’s honor. Instead, her family is planning a celebration of life this summer. In lieu of flowers, please consider contributions to local area humane societies.
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