WF community gathers to mourn Nancy Beaver

A ghost bike memorial in Nancy's honor has been set up on Sisk Rd. and Southwest Pkwy.
Published: May. 21, 2022 at 4:17 PM CDT
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WICHITA FALLS, Texas (KAUZ) - The Wichita Falls community gathered on Monday evening to mourn the loss of Nancy Beaver, a biker who passed away after being hit by a truck on May 19.

Around forty people gathered at the ghost bike memorial set up in Nancy’s honor on Sisk Rd. and Southwest Pkwy. Attendees included friends, family and members of Bike Wichita Falls, a group that Nancy was a part of.

“She was a sweet, sweet woman,” Beaver’s brother Paul Kiel said. “She was a great friend to many people. We’ll miss her greatly, it’s just a great loss to all of us.”

Kiel’s grief was echoed by other community members, including Agustina Romero, who remembered Nancy as a caring woman who went out of her way to help those in need. The two first met thirty years ago through Beaver’s position as secretary for the Faith Village Church.

A memorial for Nancy Beaver is placed where she is hit
A memorial for Nancy Beaver is placed where she is hit(facebook)

“On Wednesday, before she passed away, after the church services ended, I hugged her and I told her ‘thank you’ for all the help that she was offering after my husband passed away,” Romero said.

Romero believes the speed limit on the road Nancy was hit is dangerous due to the popularity of the route for cyclists. Becky Raeke, the co-chair of Bike Wichita Falls, agrees. She hopes the city will make some changes.

“As citizens of Wichita Falls, we have got to push for better infrastructure for our cyclists, our pedestrians, people that just want to go for a stroll with their dogs or a stroller,” Raeke said.

Until then, however, Raeke urges cyclists and drivers to be cautious while sharing the road.

“Making eye contact with people when they come to a stop sign, or knowing that if you’re going down a road and someone comes to a stop sign, they’re not looking at you they’re looking past you,” Raeke said.

Raeke and others hope that the tragedy will prevent incidents like this from happening again.

“You can’t replace a lost citizen regardless of how they passed, but her life can be something that we can learn from. We can’t forget what has happened and we have got to learn from it and do better,” Raeke said.

Nancy is survived by her family, including her grandchildren.

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