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Beverly Ann Stansbury Obituary
Beverly Ann Stansbury June 27, 1929 - October 10, 2012 Beverly was born in Berlin, Massachusetts on June 27, 1929 to Cecil B. Wheeler and Lucy Glover Manter. She died at home after a short illness with her husband, Don of 54 years, by her side. Beverly grew up in a small New England town as a happy child who loved everyone and nature. She attended local schools and as a teen-ager lived for a time with her Aunt and Uncle in Providence Rhode Island, then later moved to Hollywood, California to be with her mother. She attended SMU in Texas because her mother wanted her to speak slower as Southerners do. She left SMU after two years and after an unsuccessful marriage moved to Bakersfield where she remained throughout her life to work as a legal secretary and attend Bakersfield College. Throughout her adult life everyone who met her said she was the nicest lady and the most loving person they had ever known. She loved to read, travel, swim, garden, go to movies, and be with people. She was a wonderful wife, mother, excellent cook, housekeeper, and loyal employee. In addition to other jobs, Beverly worked for many years as a secretary and legal secretary for local attorneys Curtis Darling and Tom Fallgatter until her retirement in 1961. She met her husband, Don, at work in 1958 and they married that same year. In the 1960s they lived and worked in Newport Beach, San Jose, Carmel, and Pacific Grove before moving back to Bakersfield in 1966 for Don to teach at Bakersfield College. In 1967 they adopted their daughter, Julia, as a baby who grew into a beautiful and talented adult in art and acting. During Don's years at BC they traveled often to New England and many places in the United States to visit friends in England, Norway, the Netherlands, and Mexico. They also traveled to South Korea in 1991, along with other veterans and families as guests of the Korean government on the Korea Veterans Revisit Program. Since her retirement Beverly has been active with the "Y-Girls," swimming at Total Woman, attending Bakersfield Community Concerts, working crossword puzzles, and enjoying her extended family and friends. Beverly was preceded in death by her mother Lucy Manter, father Cecil Wheeler. She is survived by her husband Don, daughter Julia, brother Dale Stansbury, sister Wanda and Bill Diffee, sister Patti Faiman, nephew David Diffee and wife Vickie, nephew Brian Diffee and Rhonda, nephew Mike Stansbury, and nieces Lisa Hetland, Megan Faiman, Tammy Munoz, cousins, great grand children, and numerous close friends. She was a beautiful lady, always with a smile who was loved and treasured by all. Her ashes will be scattered at sea by the Neptune Society. www. bakersfield.com/obits
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Oct. 16, 2012
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