A self-proclaimed tomboy, Beverly grew up in North Hartland, Vermont cycling and swimming with her two older brothers. When she was 12 her family moved to Williamstown, Massachusetts where she spent the remainder of her childhood.
Starting at 18 Beverly began working in the office of a cotton factory in Charlemont, Massachusetts. Because it was war time Beverly and another woman split one fulltime shift, filling in for a man who had gone overseas. She recalls working from 2 pm -10 pm every night and giving $10 of her weekly salary to her parents. “I got to keep the rest!” she says.
Working at the factory proved a good job in more ways than one. While still in high school Beverly met her husband David who also worked at the mill.
“We double dated for a long time,” she says. “He had dark hair, dark eyes and a good sense of humor.”
The two married when she was 22 and went on to have three children (Each one is exactly thirteen months apart! she chuckles) whom they raised in Williamstown, Massachusetts. In 1954 Beverly and her husband moved to Mallett’s Bay, where they built their own home together. “He was handy and so was I,” she says. “I was a tomboy. I knew how to cut wood and use a hammer.”
Always up for a travel adventure, Beverly has spent much time exploring the U.S. and Canada. One of her favorite trips was to Hawaii with IBM- a company for whom she worked for many years. She enjoyed staying on the beach and taking a trek to explore a volcano. “We also took a bus to see Elvis Presley’s house.” She says, smiling.
Another favorite trip was to the World’s Fair in Montreal in 1967, a journey the family took by boat from Vermont up the St. Lawrence River.
When not working, Beverly and her husband enjoyed spending time in South Hero at a house they built there on the shores of Lake Champlain. “We loved to swim and go out in our boat,” she recalls.
Before she moved to Cathedral Square in winter of 2017 Beverly lived for over a decade in Florida. A lover of the outdoors who is always up for a walk, the warm weather suited her. These days, she maintains her active lifestyle, doing Tai Chi or morning exercise every day and participating in most activities. In her spare time, she likes to complete puzzles in her apartment.
-James Luce and Kristin D’Agostino