Obituary for Beverly Lynn Drexel

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Beverly Lynn Drexel

February 12, 1950 - February 11, 2021


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.


Stephen Fultz posted on March 2, 2021

Ray, I am thinking of you and your family. I am very sorry and she was a outgoing person

Kyle , Adam Alex Glass posted on March 1, 2021

So sorry for your loss. Bev was a kind sweet teacher to my boys who all went to Worthington Park. They still remember 3rd grade and her lovingly teaching way !

Jan Lanier posted on March 1, 2021

Ray, Kate & Alex, I am so sorry to hear of Bev's death. Although we didn't see each other very often the past few years, when we did get together it was always a wonderful walk down memory lane, particularly the years you all spent on Granby Place in Westerville. Bev was a dynamic force who brought laughter, energy, and love to everything she did. I feel blessed to be able to call your lovely family friends. My heart goes out to you all.

James M. Jewett posted on March 1, 2021

Ray and Family, I am Very Sorry to learn of your wife and mother passing on. My Sincere Condolences. Mike Jewett

Carie Wiese posted on February 28, 2021

I can still hear her yelling from the sidelines. I hope to be as caring and loving as Bev was. She made me and my family feel loved. Thank you Drexel family for always being a bright light in our lives.

Amber Nelson posted on February 28, 2021

I'm so sorry to hear about Bev's passing. You all are and will be on my mind, in my heart and in my prayers. What a light Bev was to everyone around her! Knowing her really was a wonderful gift in my younger years. Kate, I'm so sorry friend.

Jenn Conley posted on February 25, 2021

Dear Ray, Kate, Alex & family. I was very sad to hear about Bev’s passing. She was a lovely woman & I fear fortunate to have met her & all of you. May you find comfort in your fond memories. Jenn Conley RN

Mike & Peggy Hartshorn posted on February 24, 2021

Ray and Family, What a beautiful person Bev was. She will forever be in our memory. Her natural brightness and her witness to marriage with Ray and to family with her care for her kids and grandkids is an example to us of how we should be with each other and with our family. We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Mike & Peggy


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