Beverly J. Anderson

July 14, 1931April 11, 2012

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.


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Mark Locken

June 5, 2012

Beverly was always so wonderful to us growing up. I have fond memories of my father dropping us off with my Aunt and running around the neighborhood searching for peacocks. She brought joy to Christmas every year at my grandfathers house growing up. She was an incredible person that will be missed but many memories never forgotten.

Mark Locken (nephew)

John Gillis

April 24, 2012

The world has lost much but heaven has a new angel. She was a lifelong friend of my mother, Edith Michel Gillis (MAD High School class of '49 and Pomona College class of '53) and my father. Since my parents passed away in 2002, Beverly and Jim extended their friendship to me and to my family. We are glad that we were on the West Coast in 2009 and got to visit Jim and her. Beverly will be sorely missed by us, as is Scott whom we had the pleasure of meeting many years ago.

Peggy Kelly

April 21, 2012

Am thinking of the Anderson family with great affection and sorrow at your loss. Remember that those we think of with love remain forever in our hearts and minds and take comfort in knowing Beverly is ever aware of your devotion.

Phyllis Horejsi

April 19, 2012

" I am a second cousin but did not know her that well since she grew up so far from here, however our mothers corresponded through the years. When they had passed away we exchanged letters and I got to know her better. She worked on the family tree from mothers family and I'm so grateful that she shared what she knew at that time. Will miss hearing from her. God bless all."

Donald/Leeann Mulville

April 18, 2012

Beverly and her family are in our thoughts and prayers. She will be missed, such a wonderful neighbor.

April 16, 2012

So sorry to hear the news of the death of Beverly. Beverly would write always at Christmas time and send me pictures of her children , which I still have. Your family came to our farm several years ago and visited when you children were little. She sent a family history to my husband Lloyd when he was so sick so he could read it while he was able to. You have my sympathy.(Joanne Johnson webster, SD)

Matt Rhodes

April 15, 2012

Beverly was a wonderful woman. A storyteller. A traveler. A teacher. My Grandma. My fondest memories of her are from our cabin in the Sequoias, around the Holidays, and when her and my Grandpa lived with us while they build their beautiful dream home in Santa Paula. I will never forget her; her advice will continue to shape the rest of my life.

Susie Brusa

April 14, 2012

What a graceful woman. What a wonderful mother. What a terrible loss.

Calvin Thompson

April 14, 2012

Our thoughts are with you, she was a wonderful person it was an honor to know her