Ilma Beryldine Broaddus Lynn – June 8, 2011

Ilma Beryldine Broaddus Lynn, 94, formerly of Amarillo and lately of Houston has met her savior Jesus Christ face to face and has heard Him say, “Well done, good and faithful servant!”  Like the homecoming scene in the movie “Antwone Fisher,” friends and relatives gone before have greeted her with cheers, shouts of joy and outstretched hands as she walked into the Heavenly Realms.  She no doubt replied with delight, “So good to see you.”  She made this journey on Wednesday, June 8, 2011.
Beryldine will be buried in a private service at Llano Cemetery in Amarillo on June 13, 2011. Afterwards, there will be a memorial service at 11:00 A.M. at First Christian Church of Amarillo with Dr. John Bridwell, minister emeritus, officiating. The family will receive visitors afterwards in the parlor of the Church.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Beryldine was born on January 15, 1917 in Mexico, Missouri.  She lived there with her parents and two siblings until about age three when the family moved to the Amarillo area. She grew up either in Amarillo or on family farms in the area and graduated from Amarillo High School in 1935. She married and continued to live in Amarillo until she moved to Houston in 1994 to be near her daughter, Cindy, and son in law and two grandchildren.  Beryldine was the Senior Minister’s secretary at First Christian Church for over thirty years, where she performed outstanding service for several ministers including Dr. Newton J. Robinson and Dr. John Bridwell. Upon moving to Houston in her late 70’s, she continued to work by helping Cindy with her photography business until 2005.  She never retired from wanting to help others.  She was a humble and selfless servant that liked to make life easier for others.
Beryldine was the daughter of Mabel Faye Davis Broaddus and Thomas Martin Broaddus.  Her siblings were Glenn Davis Broaddus and Evelyn Louise Broaddus Sheldon.  She married Thomas Jackson Lynn on Easter Sunday, April 13, 1941 at 8:00 a.m. at First Christian Church in Amarillo. Their only child, Cynthia Ann Lynn, was born in 1949 and Tom and Beryldine were happily married until Tom’s death in 1988.
Survivors include her daughter, Cynthia Ann Lynn Crofford, and husband, Gary Lynn Crofford, of Houston; grandson, Curtis Lynn Crofford, and wife, Margaret Elaine Bandy Crofford, of Dallas; granddaughter, Kristen Lynn Crofford McGee, and husband, Samuel Sean McGee, of Dallas and four great grandchildren.  Her great grandchildren are, in order of age:  Jackson Bailey Crofford (7), Sarah Margaret Crofford (5), Isabella Rose McGee (almost 24 months) and Leah Elizabeth Crofford (almost 20 months).  When shown a picture of one of her great grandchildren very recently, she said, “It is one of OUR little ones.”  She loved her family.
The family requests that memorials in Beryldine’s honor be made to First Christian Church of Amarillo for their endowment fund or to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Of stepping on the shore and finding it Heaven,
Of taking hold of a hand and finding it’s God’s Hand;
Of feeling invigorated and finding it immortality.
Of passing from storms and tempest,
To an unknown calm;
Of Waking, and Finding you’re Home.

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