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On November 26, 2012, Beverley Anne Womack passed away peacefully at her home in Sherman Oaks, California after a year- long illness. She was born February 9, 1944, in Harrow, Ontario, Canada, a rural community near Detroit, Michigan where the values of persistence, fairness, hard work, kindness, loyalty and love to family and friends were ingrained. Given her family's intensive involvement in Canadian politics, political science was a natural undergraduate and graduate major at Michigan State University where she graduated Magna cum Laude and earned a Masters, with honors. Following college she worked as a staff member to Congressmen Weston "Wes" Vivian of Michigan and later Howard "Bo" Calloway of Georgia.
She spent her professional career in the health care industry, working first in Detroit for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and later with the Prudential Insurance Company. She continued with Prudential in Philadelphia and Los Angeles where she rose to the position of vice president of sales and service. In 1992 she joined Merck-Medco as vice president of marketing and customer relations and retired from there in 2000. In the work place, without the need for recognition, she often championed and promoted the careers of many women, minorities and gays when it was not popular.
Her marriage on July 24, 1969 to Jess Womack, former General Counsel and Inspector General of the Los Angeles Unified School District, lasted over 43 years until her death. They had no children, but made many great friends throughout their marriage and during their 25 years in Los Angeles. She was a voracious reader of political biographies and histories and enjoyed books, travel, theater, museums and films. She was also a great sports fan, having never lost her love of the Detroit Tigers and the Michigan State Spartans. She will be missed greatly by all who loved her.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by her brother Gary Clark of Pompano Beach, Florida. Her sister, Barbara Clark, mother, Fern Clark, and father, Robert Clark all passed away in 2011. There will be a cremation and private burial followed by a memorial service to be announced later. Instead of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent in her name to the
or the Clara Bell Smith Student-Athlete Center at Michigan State University, 535 Chestnut Road, Room 300, East Lansing, Michigan 48824.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Nov. 28, 2012