March 17, 1938 — Feb. 16, 2018
Beryl Louise Tindell died on Feb. 16, 2018, following a stroke the previous day. She was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on March 17, 1938, and was the daughter of John and Carol Insinger.
She graduated from high school in Worthington, Ohio. She was a graduate of Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida, where she met her husband, John Tindell, whom she married in 1959. John is a United Methodist pastor, and John and Beryl served churches in Florida, Alaska, Idaho and Oregon for more than 40 years.
Beryl’s passions were her family and the many communities served by she and her husband, teaching the importance of formal education, as well as lifelong learning and travel. She was committed to advancing the education and development of everyone around her.
Beryl taught in public schools in Atlanta and Alaska. She enjoyed adventures across the globe to dozens of countries, including Thailand, Nepal, Antarctica, Galapagos, Mongolia, Australia and travel across Europe on the Orient Express.
Beryl and John have two children, Raymond of Portland, Oregon, and Cynthia of Palm Beach, Florida. Son Raymond is an attorney in Portland, having graduated from Southern Methodist University School of Law, and daughter Cynthia has a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University, and a master’s degree from Harvard University, and is a senior corporate executive. Another important part of her life was her grandson, Kevin Tindell, daughter-in-law Elena Valdes Tindell, and Elena’s extended family. Beryl committed herself to Kevin’s upbringing, and he is a Ph.D. student at Arizona State University, studying human tissue engineering.
She fostered her young family during a year living in Scotland, where her husband studied at the University of Edinburgh, and later in Appalachia, where he served as a chaplain of Harlan Appalachian Regional Hospital. In recent years, she resided in Gresham and Seaside, Oregon, where her husband John is pastor of the
Seaside United Methodist Church.
She brought boundless joy into the life of friends and family with unique favors and treats she thought they would enjoy, and by being the uniquely beautiful person she was.
A celebration of life service for Bee will be held at Seaside United Methodist Church at 11 a.m. on March 10. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Seaside United Methodist Church.