Beverly Bright (1931 - 2013)

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Beverly Bright, 81, formerly of Evergreen, passed into God's loving arms suddenly on April 28, 2013, in Branson, Mo. Her quick smile and sweet nature will be greatly missed by her loving family and devoted friends.
Beverly was born in Dickinson, N.D., in 1931, an only child to Max and Ruth Edwards. She grew up in Tennessee and pursued an art degree at Maryville College, where she met the love of her life, John (Jay) Bright. Together they made a home in Virginia, where they raised three children, a daughter and two sons. In 1972, they moved to Evergreen, and both enjoyed contributing back to the community that meant so much to them.
Beverly was a teacher's assistant at Evergreen Junior High for 14 years, and committed her time and talents to education and arts in the community. She was a very talented artist and enjoyed painting and needlework. Some of her fondest memories revolved around time spent creating with her circle of lady friends in both Evergreen and Mesa, Ariz., where she lived during the winter months until her final move to Branson.
She was also dedicated to Mt. Evans Hospice, where she volunteered for 30 years, and it was hospice that filled a deep need when she was suddenly left widowed after Jay died in an accident in 1992. With the help of hospice and caring family and friends, she drew upon God's healing and continued to love, laugh and live.
But she always said her finest accomplishment and greatest joy were her family. She was happiest when she was enjoying the simple things with her family around her and was especially proud of her five grandchildren. She loved music, picnics, playing cards, going out for lunch, walking around the lake, sharing a cup of tea.
Beverly is survived by her daughter, Melanie Crane, and husband Richard; her son John Bright and partner Nicole; her son Eric Bright and wife Hope; and grandchildren Brandon, Holly, Jesse, Avery and Darcy. A great-grandchild was on the way.
A celebration memorial will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 23, at Rockland Community Church. Donations can be made to Mt. Evans Hospice in Evergreen.
Published in Canyon Courier from May 15 to May 21, 2013
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