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Donna J. "Bebe"  Weaver

Obituary for Donna J. "Bebe" Weaver

May 25, 1924 - January 6, 2018
Austin, Texas | Age 93


Donna J., "Bebe" Weaver, 93, of Austin, passed peacefully from this earth on January 6th, 2018, at Seton Northwest Hospital. Born May 25, 1924, to James L. and Lillie M. Johnson in San Pedro, California, her family settled in west Texas a short time later for her father to pursue a career in the oil business. Bebe and her older brother James L., Jr., were raised in Forsan, Texas, near Big Spring. After graduating from high school, Bebe attended Southern Methodist University, and in 1948 married T. D. Weaver, also of the Big Spring area. T. D.'s education, including undergraduate school and Law School, brought them to Austin and The University of Texas. Bebe was a significant support to T.D. and his study group as they navigated Law School. In 1952, their first daughter, Susan, was born, and 1955 brought the arrival of their second daughter, Karol. When their daughters were old enough to attend school, Bebe dedicated herself to helping various family friends on part-time projects, including mapping of the oil reserves of Texas with close friend Dr. Peter T. Flawn, through The Bureau of Economic Geology at The University of Texas.

Bebe and T.D. had an extensive circle of friends, who were lifelong friends. Not only were they still friends with those from their first neighborhood, on Nasco Drive, but they had friends from every facet and phase of their lives, whose relationships were nurtured and enjoyed over their lifetime. Bebe was an asset to T.D. in his professional life, as well. She was the perfect hostess, always present, polished, and entertaining guests with charm and grace. Professional colleagues became lifelong friends, as well. She loved and valued her friends, which was obvious through her thoughtfulness and generosity of spirit.

The best mother a child could ever hope for, Bebe lived and raised her children by The Golden Rule. She taught us to love one another, and to appreciate nature, and see the beauty in all living things.

The last several decades of her life were spent doting on her only grandchild from his elementary school years as a member of The Texas Boys Choir, through college in NYC and beyond, where she made many new friends and was loved, admired, and respected by all for her kindness, wit, open mind, sense of humor, and gentility. Bebe was always the lady, gracious and accommodating, kind, and loved by all who knew her. Special thanks to her beloved son-in-law, Bill Shields, for his generosity in sharing Karol with us over the past two years, while she lived with Bebe and cared for her every need. More exquisite care Bebe could never have received, and it was Karol's loving care and attention to every detail that enabled Bebe to live a healthy, happy life to the very end.

Bebe was preceded in death by her parents, James L. Johnson and Lillie M. Johnson, her husband, T. D. Weaver, brother James L. Johnson, Jr., half-brothers William Johnson and George Johnson, and various family members, and is survived by her two daughters, Susan Weaver Kaiwi, Karol Weaver Shields and husband Bill Shields, grandson Brant D. Kaiwi, nieces Kathy Johnson, Jeanie Knocke, and husband Richard, and Suzy Sims and husband David, nephew Jimmy Johnson and wife Beverly, and many great-nieces and nephews, and their children.

The family would like to thank Dr. Lee Frierson-Stroud for the loving care she provided Bebe. Thanks also to her devoted caregiver and friend, Linda Deckard, as well as her two loving assistants, Rebekah Alfaro, and Elena Henderson, and the wonderful Home Healthcare staff of Brookdale.

A Memorial Service honoring Bebe will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, February 2, 2018, at her church, St. John's United Methodist, 2140 Allandale Rd. Her final resting place is Austin Memorial Park on Hancock Drive.

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