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Elinor Lowe Beavers(1921 - 2012)

BEAVERS, ELINOR LOWE, beloved daughter, wife, and mother, passed away unexpectedly but peacefully of natural causes on Nov. 12, 2012 at the Orlando Lutheran Towers in Orlando, Fl, with a daughter and a son-in-law by her side. She was 91 years and 89 days of age. Elinor Lewis Lowe was born on August 15, 1921 in Higgston, Georgia to a pioneer Georgia family, the fifth of ten children. Their farm did not prosper and the Lowes moved to Atlanta. Her father died in 1932, and Elinor and her siblings worked after-school jobs to help the family survive the Great Depression years. Elinor attended Second Ponce de Leon Baptist Church and played basketball at North Fulton High School, graduating in 1939. She met her future husband at a college dance in 1941. James L Beavers II, born in Atlanta to an old Georgia family, was a licensed airplane pilot; Jim and Elinor married on Feb. 7, 1942 in Atlanta, five weeks before he completed Army Air Corps Aviation Cadet training with a commission as a second lieutenant and orders to report for training in B-25 medium bombers. Elinor waited in Atlanta while Jim served in World War II in the Mediterranean area. A son arrived before his departure and a daughter while he was overseas. After the war Jim chose to remain in Army Air Forces service, changing into the blue uniform when the U.S. Air Force became a separate service in 1947. Jim and Elinor had a rich variety of stations during their 21 years of military service, including Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico and the Pentagon in Washington, DC. Their second daughter arrived while they were living in a colonial-era townhouse in Alexandria, VA. After Jim retired from active service in 1963 he was hired by a defense firm in Utah; they lived in Brigham City, where Elinor was president of the Ladies' Elks Club and the Ladies' Golf Association. Jim and Elinor also enjoyed skiing at the resorts in the Wasatch Range. In 1970 they chose to go back to Florida, where they had once owned a hunting and fishing lodge near Crystal River. Their older daughter and her attorney husband lived in Winter Park, and that is where Jim and Elinor settled down. Elinor played a lot of golf with her lady friends and was a member of the Winter Park Country Club. They enjoyed the fascinating spectacle of booming Orlando along with visits by their children and grandchildren. After Jim passed away in 1999, Elinor moved into retirement at the OLT, where her ailing younger sister was her roommate for six years before going home to Georgia. Elinor was still in relatively good health in the months that followed, alert and lively of mind as always, and her passing came unexpectedly and suddenly. Elinor always found great comfort in the courage and character of her widowed mother and her siblings as survivors in the Depression-era South. She herself survived some turbulent and exhausting times in her married life; for some sixty years she found the courage time and time again to hold on to what was most important to her: family. To her, continuity was everything. Elinor was dearly loved by all her family, from her mother to her great-grandchildren, and will be sorely missed. Elinor Beavers is survived by a brother, Roy; a son, James; two daughters, Lynne Watson (Lawrence) and Jan Epps (Dennis); two granddaughters, Holly and Anne Beavers; a grandson, Whitney Watson
(Tracey); a great-grandson and great-granddaughter, Zachary and Elizabeth Watson; and two step-grandsons, Joshua and Jason Epps and their families. Following private services, Elinor will be interred in Palm Cemetery in Winter Park beside her husband. Arrangements have been provided by Baldwin-Fairchild Cemeteries and Funeral Home, 301 Northeast Ivanhoe Boulevard, Orlando 32804 (407-898-8111). A tax-deductible gift may be made by personal check to "Orlando Lutheran Towers Foundation" and sent to Orlando Lutheran Towers Foundation, 300 E. Church St., Orlando, FL 32801, Attn Kelly Butterfield. Donations may also be made via PayPal on the OLT Foundation website: http://www.orlandoseniorhealth.org/orlando-lutheran-towers/non-profit-foundation.

Funeral Home

Baldwin-Fairchild Ivanhoe
301 NE Ivanhoe Blvd Orlando, FL 32804
(407) 898-8111

Published in the Orlando Sentinel on Nov. 20, 2012
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