It is with extreme sadness that we announce the passing of Beverly J. Anderson, 80, of Santa Paula (formerly of Arcadia, CA). She passed away peacefully in the comfort of her home on Wednesday, April 11, 2012.
Beverly is survived by her loving husband of 56 years, George "Jim" Anderson; sister, Audrey Slaton (husband, Jack), son, Ron Anderson, daughter, Pam Rhodes (husband, Scott) and their children Matthew and Allison, and daughter-in-law, Stephanie Anderson and her children Brian, Christopher and Lauren.
Born in Pasadena on July 14, 1931, she was preceded in her death by two of her children, William "Scott" Anderson and Sharon Anderson.
Beverly loved her family immensely and was an outstanding wife, mother, grandmother and a friend to many. She attended Pasadena High School, and was a 1953 graduate of Pomona College and also received her master's degree from Stanford University. A strong proponent of a quality education, she later taught high school history and English in Arcadia and Pasadena high schools and kept up with education groups having been a member of Santa Barbara Pi Lambda Theta, an international honorary education group. Inducted at Stanford, she was past president of the Pasadena chapter and for years served on the International Travel Committee. Beverly also had been president of the Pomona Alumnae of San Gabriel Valley and a volunteer at Methodist Hospital, in the Arcadia Assistance League for 35 years, helped with senior citizens and needy school children. She was always active in her children's lives and organizations.
In addition to spending time with family, one of her great joys was to travel. She and her husband celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a trip through Poland and the Baltic countries, Russia and Norway. Her travels took her to South Africa, Zimbabwe, China, Bali, the Philippines and much of the United States and Canada. Perhaps her favorite place to be was at her cabin in the Sequoia National Forest, a place she frequently visited since her childhood.
She and her husband, Jim, called Arcadia home for 42 years where they raised their family and enjoyed peacocks in their beautiful yard. They later moved to Santa Paula into a new home Beverly designed and enjoyed views of the mountains, ocean and Channel Islands.
Beverly touched many lives as a patient listener, a wise advisor and a personality full of laughter. She will be missed by all who knew her. Her warm and caring spirit was an inspiration and will live on in all of us.