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Virginia Grubbs Beavers


1933 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Virginia Grubbs Beavers Obituary
Virginia Grubbs Beavers of Forrest City was born Sept. 10, 1933, and departed this life on Saturday, April 28, 2018. She was the daughter of Arval James Grubbs and Doris Gewin Grubbs. She was born and raised in Little Rock.
Her family was active in Highland Methodist Church, and it was there she met Bobby Beavers. They dated through high school and two years of LRJC. They married April 4, 1953, before he transferred to the University of Arkansas. They were very happily married for over 64 years, only rarely spending a day apart. Her husband, Bob J. Beavers, predeceased her last Oct. 24, 2017, just over six months ago. Virginia was a woman of strong faith and declining heath. Her family believes she went to be with the love of her life in Heaven.
Virginia was a proud graduate of Little Rock High School and Little Rock Junior College, now Central High and UALR. She was a Certified Lab Technician and worked for Washington Regional Hospital and Dr. James Mashburn in Fayetteville to put Bob through architecture school. As Bob began his career with the Cromwell Firm in Little Rock, she continued to be a working mom as a lab tech for Drs. Chears and Wenger in Little Rock. When the family moved to Forrest City in 1963, she took over as the office manager for the Cromwell Firm's East Arkansas office and later Bob J. Beavers AIA, Inc., and served in that capacity until his death in 2018 as he finished his last project.
She was active in her church, serving in various offices of the United Methodist Women, Circle, Administrative Board, MYF sponsor and other committees. She worked for years in the kitchen and taking orders for the annual Brunswick Stew Project. She was a charter Member of Forrest City's BF chapter of PEO, serving in every office. She was a life member of Forrest City Junior Auxiliary where she served as President and project chair for the annual Charity Horse Show. She was a member of the Forrest City Chamber of Commerce and the United Way Board, serving as ex-officio secretary. She was the long-suffering wife of a Scoutmaster, a Cub Scout Den Mother for Pack 122 and the proud mother and grandmother of Eagle Scouts. She was the longtime treasurer of the Committee of 100 for the Ozark Folk Center, where the herb garden was dedicated for her service.
She was a proud descendant of Patrick Henry. She was so proud to take her family to visit Henry's historic home, Red Hill, see their names on the official descendant list and sure that her young grandchildren's names were on that list. She was a member of the Red Hill Society for many years.
She and Bob loved Razorback Football and traveling across the United States having been to every state but Hawaii and Alaska by car. She meticulously planned vacations for her family, ensuring her children learned about the country outside of Arkansas. If those routes took the family to within 50 miles of a state capital, a mandatory visit followed. In later years, the same was required for SEC football stadiums, always followed by a statement affirming that Razorback Stadium was best! But their greatest love was their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She adored spending time with them. For many years, each summer she and Bob took a vacation with each grandchild, making sure to visit places they knew each would love. It made for wonderful memories for each of them.
She is survived by a son, Brad Beavers and wife Rush of Forrest City; a daughter, Beth Prescott and husband Hal of Fayetteville; granddaughter, Rebekah Beavers Williams and husband Dave of Forrest City; grandson, First Sergeant B.J. Beavers Jr. and wife Leslie of Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; and great-grandchildren Bradley James "Trey" Beavers III, Cayden Davis and Mason Williams.
The family extends special thanks to the staff and family at St. Francis Assisted Living. Virginia loved her SFAL family. Special thanks also to Superior Senior Care and Joy Murphy. Joy's love for both Bob and Virginia helped to make their days so much better.
A visitation will be held at 10 a.m., at the First United Methodist Church in Forrest City, on Tuesday, May 1, 2018, immediately before the service begins at 11 a.m, at the First United Methodist Church. Burial will follow at Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Cabot.
The family requests memorials be made to the First United Methodist Church, Forrest City, P.O. Box 66, Forrest City, AR 72335 or Committee of 100 for the Ozark Folk Center, c/o Pam Setser, P.O. Box 64, Mountain View, AR 72560, please note "Beavers - Herb Garden Memorial" on check.
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Published in Times-Herald on Apr. 30, 2018
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