Beverly Frances (Willburn) Beidleman

Beverly Frances (Willburn) Beidleman born in Fortuna, California, to Frank and Agnes (Goodie) Willburn on February 24, 1932, Beverly made her transition on June 10, 2013, following a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer. She was raised in and around the communities of Ruth and Mad River, California, and led a life of ranching, rodeo and livestock. She attended schools in Ruth and Fortuna, and continued her education after age 50, which included seminars from Texas A&M. She worked as an Oregon State brand inspector, obtained certification in the skill of artificial insemination of livestock, and completed the near equivalent of a 4-year college degree. She learned horseshoeing, pasture management, and a good amount of veterinary medicine. Always kind and concerned about an animal's well-being, she seemed to attract strays and would nurse them back to health.

She moved from Texas/Oklahoma back to California in 1995, but often spoke of returning. A gifted horsewoman, seamstress, artist, and rancher, she loved music, teaching others how to ride, her family, and the animals. She was proud of her Native American heritage (Wintun) and created many beautiful garments, western wear and riding gear with a Native theme, which she sold at horse events. As owner/operator of Rafter 'B' Saddlery, a custom tack shop for over 30 years, she created and patented a washable saddle cinch, created horse and rider show clothing, tack, and blankets. Among the photos of men on display at the Cottonwood stockyards who are recognized as Northern California ranchers, she is the only woman whose photo is among them. A hard worker, she washed and repaired horse blankets for various trainers and ranches in Texas/Oklahoma, and in Glenn, Butte and Tehama counties.

Beverly was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Eugene and Chauncey; favorite double-cousin, Lassie Harrington; niece, Kristi Harrington; grandson, Brandon Borden; and niece, Merrilee Wilson.

She is survived by her children, Robert Borden (Laura); Donna Landry-Rehling (Bryan), and Adrienne Whitman Wertz (Rick); stepchildren, Gloria Stark (Michael), and Ken Beidleman (June) and their families; grandchildren, Lonyx Landry (Stephanie), Lanee Borden (Matt), Bob Borden (Amy), Rienne Whitman, Yarrow Whitman; great grandchildren, Lyndin, Savannah, Taniya, Talon, and Hunter; numerous Willburn and Borden relations, and her many friends in the ranching communities. Special thanks to Lonnie Davis for his continued friendship and support of Beverly. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her name to the or your local Humane Society. A Celebration of Life will take place at the home of Jan and Bob Walker (407 Third Avenue, Orland) on Saturday, June 29, 2013, at 6:00 p.m.

Published in Willows Journal from June 22 to June 29, 2013