Beverly Ann Andrews Rihlik

Friday, July 17, 1936 - Saturday, August 29, 2020

In Loving Memory

Photo of Beverly Ann Andrews Rihlik  - 1936-2020

Beverly Ann Andrews Rihlik, age 84, passed away Saturday, August 29, 2020, at Haywood Regional Medical Center, Clyde, NC, from complications relating to COVID-19.

She is survived by her loving husband of 30 years, Peter Rihlik, Arrowhead Cove, Silver Bluff Village, Canton, NC; 5 children and their spouses: Bruce D. (Anita) Hall, Camillus, NY; David B. (Marie) Hall, Rutland, NY; Melinda A. (Brian) Grady, Arnold, MD; Terry F. (Amy) Hall, Colorado Springs, CO; Todd A. (Anissa) Cole, Goochland, VA;  1 daughter in law, Colleen Hall, Brownsburg, IN, and one step-daughter, Debbie Rihlik, Watertown, NY.  She also has 9 grandchildren and 2 great-granddaughters; many nieces and nephews.

Beverly’s first marriage was to Francis T. (Skinny) Hall in October 1954 and they divorced in 1966.  Beverly’s second marriage was to J. Brainard Cole, Jr., in October of 1968.  Brainard died in a tragic accident in 1985.  Beverly married Peter Rihlik in November 1989, and they enjoyed many happy years together, first in Watertown, NY and then in the Waynesville, NC area, where they made many dear friends.  Beverly and Peter moved to Silver Bluff Village, Canton, NC, in July of 2019.  In that short time, the staff at Silver Bluff became family to them and they were happy there.

Beverly was a devoted mother and overcame many hardships in life to raise her children.  She was born on July 17, 1936 at home on the Andrews Road in Rutland, NY, to Harold Jay and Annie Helen (Gray) Andrews.  She spent her entire childhood on a dairy farm.  She loved horses from an early age and in her later years was blessed to rediscover that passion in NC where she owned sweet Gable and then Charlie.  Beverly was a wonderful Grandmother and leaves her grandchildren with many precious memories.  Beverly was predeceased by her parents, Harold (Pete) & Annie; two siblings, Fred Andrews and Kay Waite; two husbands, Francis & Brainard, and one great-grandson, Caeden Terry Gaines.

Peter and Beverly found a loving church home at Francis Cove UMC, where they continue to be members.  Beverly worked many years at Barbalich’s Market and Woolworth’s, Watertown, and also AAFES, Fort Drum NY.  She earned her certificate in secretarial studies from Jefferson Community College in Watertown in the late 70’s-early 80’s and was employed as a secretary on Fort Drum,  Northrup Ford, and Stone Presbyterian church.  After Brainard’s death in 1985, she went to BOCES and earned her certification as a nurse’s aide.  She was then employed at Samaritan Keep Home, Watertown.  After moving to North Carolina, Beverly worked as a nurse’s aide around the Waynesville area and made many loving connections with her patients.  Beverly did not have an easy life, but she never gave up.  She has earned her angel wings!  Per Beverly’s wishes, her earthly body will be cremated and her ashes will be strewn at Water Rock Knob, at a future date when family and friends can gather

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Francis Cove UMC, 2530 Crymes Road, Waynesville, NC  28786 or to the Activities Fund at Silver Bluff Village, 100 Silver Bluff Drive, Canton, NC 28716.

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Rihlik family.  

Condolences from family and friends

So sorry for your families loss, while it is hard for us, your Mom is no longer in pain. Hold tight to your memories and always watch for signs that she is still with you. {{{{{{hugs}}}}} Gayle
Gayle Reilly
Was fortunate to have two Moms in my life. How could I of been so lucky? I will miss our conversations. Mom always knew what to say to pick me up. I love you & I look forward to future conversations. You were always there for me.
Colleen Hall
Erin, I am so very sorry for your loss. I know you have many happy memories of your grandmother and made with your grandmother. She has definitely earned her wings and looking over you and your family now. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. Take care dear friend. Love you!
Pamela Morris
Bev was one of the most sweet, most down-to-Earth person we ever knew. We absolutely adored and loved her. We are comforted by the thought of her in the arms of our Lord Jesus; holding her, welcoming her home after a life well lived. We pray that our Lord holds her family close to his heart as they grieve for her; until they are together again, one day, in Heaven.
Chet & Katherine Sulek