Beverly Frierson Mayfield

Beverly Frierson Mayfield, 83, of Waco, died Wednesday, March 18, 2020, at Regent Care Center in Woodway.

Private Burial Service: 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 28, 2020, at Oakwood Cemetery. (Due to CDC mandates, only 10 people are allowed at the service)

She was born September 4, 1936, in Waco to Charles and Bernice (Lipka) Frierson. While growing up in Waco she attended Sanger Avenue Elementary, West Junior High and graduated from The Waco High School in 1954. It was in 1955 on an arranged blind date that Beverly met Dan Mayfield, Jr. of Waco. The following year they married on August 10, 1956, at Columbus Avenue Baptist Church. Their marriage spanned over 57 years until Dan’s death in 2013. They had two children, Melisa and Dan III.

During the early years of their marriage, Beverly took great pleasure in being a stay-at-home mother tending to the needs of the children’s many school and social activities while supporting her husband in his law practice until his retirement from Sheehy, Lovelace and Mayfield, PC in 2007. She found joy in serving the local community through the Junior League of Waco, Waco Cotton Palace Pageant, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Historic Waco Foundation, Waco Symphony and Waco Art Center. After her children were grown, she was the proprietor of Kaleidoscope Children’s Wear with her first shop in Sironia of Waco and later at Magnolias in Salado.

Beverly loved all things Waco, especially Baylor University, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, St. Paul’s Episcopal Day School, and the Waco Cotton Palace Pageant.  As a loyal Baylor Bear, she and her husband were long time Baylor Bear Foundation Members and season ticket holders to Baylor football games for nearly 50 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dan; father, Charles Frierson; and mother, Bernice Frierson.

She is survived by her daughter, Melisa Mayfield Bennett and husband, Jamey; son, Dan Mayfield III and wife, Danni; brother, Charles Wayne “Buddy” Frierson; grandchildren, Morgan Bennett Fries and husband, Jonathan, Daniel Mayfield IV, and Matthew Grayson. Beverly is also survived by her sister-in-law, Jeannette Mayfield Kelley of Temple; brother-in-law, Judge Alan Mayfield and his wife, Robin, of China Spring; and many other family members and a host of friends.

Her children want to thank Paula Ripley, Beverly’s kind and loyal caregiver for the past five years.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Day School, 517 Columbus Ave., Waco, TX, 76701; St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 601 Columbus, Waco, TX, 76701; or the charity of your choice.



Place of Service: Oakwood Cemetery , 2124 S.5th St.; Waco, TX 76706

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Condolence Messages

  1. RH Rusty Wooldridge

    Melisa, Jamey, and Family, I am so sorry to learn of your mom’s passing. My deepest sympathies.

  2. Dear Family of Beverly Mayfield,
    Please know that the Bluebonnet Hospice Family is thinking of you all and keeping you in our thoughts and prayers during this time.
    May God bless and keep you,
    The Owners and Staff of Bluebonnet Health Services (Hospice)

  3. Melisa and Dan, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I enjoyed the few times spent with Beverly. She was always smiling and friendly and made all of us happy to be around her.

  4. Hello Dan and Dani. On behalf of the entire Shank Family, we give our deepest sympathy to the passing of Beverly. I fondly remember sitting with her while she watched her grandson and Billy Shank play little league baseball at Lake Air Little League. I also practiced law with her late husband at Sheehy, Lovelace and Mayfield and remember him as a great lawyer and friend. We miss you guys and wish we could come see you and give you guys a big hug…..maybe someday. Take care. John, Erin, Paul, Billy and Rachel Shank

  5. –This note is for “Little” Dan–
    My grandparents lived next door to your parents for many years, which I’m sure you know. I mention only as context for the main reason for my note…I have nothing but fond memories of your mom and dad (“Big Dan” as we were told/allowed to call him, which made both your parents seem extra special, since I wasn’t allowed to call adults by their first name for much of my childhood). I can recall at a moment’s notice the inside of their home and especially their kitchen because your mom was so kind and faithful to always have orange push-up ice creams for me and my brothers (Quinn, Ben, and Rush). I don’t know if she bought them just for us or she was just generous enough to share from her storehouse but I always felt loved by her in a way for doing that. It made for the visits our family took to see my grandparents that much more special and added to what was always a fun trip for us in the 80s to make from San Antonio to Braemar. I also remember you sharing a name with your dad and my Uncle Howard doing the same with my granddad and wondering if that was why y’all were neighbors! My condolences to you and your family. Mrs. Mayfield was a welcomer and a fantastic neighbor to people I cared deeply about for many years. I’m sure you’ll miss her and rightfully so. Respectfuly–Jake

  6. Laura & Leland Baskin

    Melisa, Dan & family,
    We all have such great memories of your mother & dad as neighbors of my folks starting when I was in high school through the next 40 years. Their home and hearts were always open and radiated genuine warmth.
    It has been a while since we have seen your mother but we will certainly miss her. She & your dad will always have a warm spot in our hearts.

  7. Melissa and Dan and your families what a wonderful woman your mom was. So lively and entertaining! I enjoyed her In the Junior League and visiting at Regent Care through the years. Your hearts will always remember the good times you shared and your faith will keep you strong. You’re in my prayers.

  8. Beth Moore Willingham

    Melissa and Dan III, I remember your parents in their “salad days” on N. 23rd. They were an handsome young couple, full of love and plans for the future, with two cute little ones playing around the house. Your mom was beautiful, kind, and gentle, and she kept a lovely home. My condolences to you as you miss you mom and think back on all your sweet memories of your lives with her.—

  9. Jack Husung Jr

    Dan & Melissa,
    I just saw this online. In so sorry to see this Your mother was pistol, to say the least. She kept my life exciting at Magnolias. My family loved her July 4th parties. She always made a point to show me the picture of my kids on her vanity. She will always have a fond place in my heart. So sorry this happened during this dark time in our country. I would have most definitely been there otherwise. You are all in my thoughts & prayers.
    Jack Husung.

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