Beverly (Powers) Powers Kendler (1936 - 2013)

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Beverly Powers Kendler, Daughter and Mom, October 13, 1936 – July 16, 2013

Another long time Juneau family mourns the loss of one of their own. Beverly Powers Kendler passed away on July 16 after giving cancer a fight worthy of any prize fighter. Beverly was born to Ernie and Senna (Paul/Paulovich) Powers. Beverly was raised in part by her grandparents, Sam Sr. & Mazzie Paul. They lived in the family home located in downtown Juneau. Her grandfather Sam Paul Sr. started a business that the whole family worked in it was called the Gastineau Grocery located on Front Street. After graduating from Juneau/Douglas High School in 1954 Beverly left Juneau and moved to Seattle to pursue a college education. She felt she belonged in Seattle as much as she did in Juneau, after her father's passing she spent as much time as possible with his family there. Her grandfather, Major Lonnie Powers, was charged with the daily running of Fort Lawton, located on Magnolia Bluff and now known as Discovery Park. She shared many stories of welcoming home the soldiers and even participating in the celebrations alongside her grandfather Lonnie. She loved her grandparents and often spoke of the wonderful things her grandmother Mary did for her. At 19 she put college on hold when she married George Patsy the father of her 3 children. While raising her children in Seattle she worked nights at a local bank as a bookkeeper. Beverly returned to Juneau in 1976. Shortly after arriving she found herself working for the legislature, more specifically answering to and supporting Senator Joe Hayes. Beverly met and married her late husband Joseph Kendler, Joe and Beverly enjoyed a snowbird lifestyle traveling from Lake Kapowsin, Washington to all points sunny in their RV, often with one of Big Joe's grandchildren in tow. For a short period they returned to Juneau for summers but eventually they made Sun City West, Arizona their home. Beverly had many interests and hobbies including, decorating, and genealogy. Her Arizona home was published in the Phoenix Homes Magazine. It was a beautiful home full of color. Beverley was also always very involved in politics.

She was preceded in death by her husband Joe Kendler. Beverly is survived by her 3 children: Bryce Patsy of Alaska, Denice Thibaut of Washington and Blake Patsy of Oregon. Her grandchildren include: Alison of Washington; Paige of Washington; Garrett and Dylan of Oregon. To her friends she spoke kindly of you often. Mom we love you and we will miss you.
Published in The Juneau Empire on Aug. 23, 2013