Beverly Cantu

September 14, 1939 - March 27, 2015
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Mrs. Beverly Buchanan Cantu passed away on March 27, 2015 surrounded by her children.  She was the beloved wife of Ben Cantu, Jr.  Ben and Beverly were married on August 29, 1959 and were married for 50 years.  She was born on September 14, 1939 to the late Lauren Lafayette Buchanan and Mildred Faye Cullum in San Antonio, Texas.  Ben and Beverly moved to Laredo 35 years ago where they established Border Beverage, the Miller Brewing and Import beer distributorship.

Though Beverly lived in different areas of Texas, she proudly called Laredo her South Texas home.  She worked to continually improve the cultural life of Laredo for all.  She was a Board Member of several organizations including the Laredo Art League, the Women’s City Club, and the Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra Society.  She had a deep belief in encouraging and helping South Texas’ youths with her patronage of the Zapata County Fair and Life Downs.

Beverly had a passion for playing the game of Bridge and she was a life long player.  She loved all games – Duplicate, Slam and Party Bridge.  She loved teaching new bridge enthusiasts and took much pleasure seeing her friends improve and excel at the game.  She was an approved Director of the ACBL of the Los Amigos Bridge Club for many years.  She traveled Texas to play in competitive national bridge tournaments, and was very close to attaining her Life Master status.

Beverly was preceded in death by her husband, Ben Cantu, Jr.  She is survived by her beloved brother, Barry Buchanan and his wife Yvonne of Medina, Texas and their children.  She is also survived by her children, all of San Antonio – Traci C. Tracey and her husband Paul B. Tracey, Vince B. Cantu and his wife Elizabeth (Chooch) Cantu, Mark C. Cantu and his life companion, Chantal Papp, and Rick B. Cantu.  Her pride and joy were her grandchildren, Lauren T. King and her husband Gregory M. J. King, John T. Tracey, Allegra R. Cantu, Castille C. Cantu, and Cullum B. Cantu.  She also leaves behind her devoted and family caregiver of 20 years, Rosa Hernandez.

The family would like to express their deepest appreciation to Dr. Leonides Cigarroa Jr. for his kind and caring manner towards both Ben and Beverly Cantu.

Services will be Sunday, March 29, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services, 1320 Trey Dr. Laredo, TX 78041. Chapel service will officiate at 7:00 p.m.  Graveside services will be on Wednesday, April 1, at 2:00 p.m. at Mission Burial Park North, 20900 W Interstate 10, San Antonio, Texas.  In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Bethany House at 819 Hidalgo Street, Laredo, Texas 78040 or online at

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Funeral arrangements are by Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services, 1320 Trey Dr. Laredo, TX. (956)723-3611.

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Date: Sunday, March 29, 2015

Time: 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services


1320 Trey Dr.
Laredo, Texas 78041

Cemetery Information

Date: Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Time: 2:00 pm

Mission Burial Park North


20900 W. Interstate 10
San Antonio, Texas 78257

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Born: September 14, 1939
March 25, 2011
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Died: March 27, 2015

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Rey Castro Jr posted on 4/9/15

I am deeply saddened by the news of Beverly's loss. My heartfelt condolences to the Cantu Family.


Martha B Henderson posted on 4/9/15

I am so deeply saddened to hear of Miss Beverlys passing ~such a great Southern lady! Sending my love to Beverlys sweet family. Martha B. Eldorado, Texas


Annette Hafer McGee posted on 4/1/15

My deepest condolences go out to all of you as Ms. Cantu was such a wonderful woman who loved her family so very much and always put them first above and beyond anything else in her life.


Bea Landry posted on 3/31/15

Please accept our deepest condolences to her beautiful family she loved so much. Bea Landry & Tracey Naylor


Linda Mott posted on 3/30/15

We are so sorry to lose a special friend and a devoted Director and Manager of Los Amigos Duplicate Bridge Club in Laredo. Your mother (grandmother/aunt/sister/sister-in-law) worked tirelessly to make sure we had an ACBL sanctioned game every Thursday afternoon at the Laredo Country Club, without monetary compensation. Beverly will be sadly missed, yet dearly remembered, by all of us....7 No Trump...Bid and Made.


Julia Muller posted on 3/29/15

Hi, I send heartfelt condolences to the family of my dear friend Beverly Cantu. She was such a lady in every way for ever!!! She will be missed by everyone who knew her. She was always kind, friendly, proper, loving, intelligent, and most of all always Loving. God Bless her. Blessings, Julia Muller


Lee terry posted on 3/29/15

Beverly will be greatly missed. Rest in peace sweet friend.


Bonnie and Larry Lepovitz posted on 3/28/15

Please accept our deepest condolances . Beverly was such a charming and wonderfuo person. She will be missed by all. Bonnie and Larry Lepovitz


Rolinda Lawrence posted on 3/28/15

May warm and loving memories sustain you and give you peace. Lovingly, Rolinda Lawrence