Beverly Sarjeant
1941 - 2020
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June 3, 1941 - May 31, 2020 Beverly Jean Sarjeant, of San Anselmo, California, passed away peacefully at home on May 31st, 2020, at the age of 78. She was born on June 3rd, 1941 to Genevieve Muriel and Harold Scott Racek of San Pedro, California. The high points of her childhood included searching for marine life in the nearby Southern California beaches, sailing with her parents to Catalina, and riding her horse, Duke, bareback on the open hills of the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Following her graduation from San Pedro High School, Beverly attended UC Berkeley where she earned her Bachelor's degree, graduating in 1963 with straight A's. The summer prior to her senior year at Cal she married her high school sweetheart and love of her life, the late Rev. John Barton Sarjeant, with whom she had two children, Greg and Michelle. Beverly and Bart were married for 44 years, until Bart's passing in 2006. In 1989 Beverly returned to UC Berkeley, graduating again with straight A's and a Master's degree in Landscape Architecture. She passed the Landscape Architect Registration Examination with flying colors and became a licensed Landscape Architect. Beverly's garden designs are found throughout the Bay Area and are enjoyed to this day by families and businesses alike. Two outstanding examples of her creative and thoughtful designs include Sunset Magazine's Display Garden in Menlo Park and the Memorial Garden at St. John's Episcopal Church in Ross, where her beloved husband was laid to rest. Beverly's genuine and modest demeanor allowed her to cultivate friendships in all facets of her life - from the design office, to the church parish, to her volunteer work, and in the many extraordinary hobbies and talents she quietly nurtured. Whether it was her participation in the St. John's Altar Guild, sculpting and painting with friends, or rebuilding her own home and garden, Beverly always skillfully, yet humbly, conquered the tasks at-hand. Her love of nature and the outdoors also led Beverly to enjoy a life of avid traveling. Some of her favorite destinations included China, Bermuda, England, Sweden, and Costa Rica, as well as annual visits to her grandchildren in Germany. Most recently she walked the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage in Spain at the age of 76 with her dear friend Arlene Henry. One of Beverly's favorite destinations was the family cabin in the Sierras, where she spent time with her husband amongst the dogwoods and sugar pines. Beverly is survived by her daughter Michelle; her son Greg and his wife Larissa; her four grandchildren: Max, Izzy, Jake, and Sawyer; her cousins Valerie and Thea; her sister Diane; her many, much-loved nephews, nieces, and in-laws. The family is grateful for the dedicated care of Beverly's long-term caregiver and friend, Kevan Fugate, and for the loving support of the Kaufman family. Once our community is able to safely join together again, a memorial service will be held in Beverly's honor. In lieu of flowers, please donate in her memory to either "Hospice by the Bay", who cared for her consistently and compassionately in these especially challenging times, or to "Audubon Canyon Ranch", near Stinson Beach, where she volunteered in the peaceful coastal preserve, close to the Herons and Egrets and the lapping waters of Bolinas Lagoon. Keaton's Mortuary 1022 E Street, San Rafael, CA 94901. 415-453-0571

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Published in Palos Verdes Peninsula News on Jun. 14, 2020.
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June 23, 2020
I'm so sorry to hear of the passing of Beverly. Many years ago my mother was planning a visit to my home in the Bay Area and we decided it would be fun to visit the places where she grew up. One of those houses was the house on Santa Cruz Avenue that my grandparents lived in the 1940s to late 1950s. I also remembered that house. I sent a letter to "Occupant" asking if we could visit. Beverly so kindly responded and we set up a time to meet. She was a lovely host and had even saved a cancelled check from my grandfather found during a remodel. Also, still in the garden were the two mosaic stepping stones made by my grandfather with my mother and her sister's name - EVA and RUTH. A few years ago, 2017, my daughter and I were in the area and I was showing her the Log Cabin and the house. Beverly was in the yard and heard us. She graciously invited us in recalling the visit 20 plus years ago with my mother. She was delightful and showed us the one remaining stepping stone with my mother's name, EVA. My mother passed away in November. My cousins were planning a visit this spring so I reached out to Beverly for a visit and this is when I learned of her illness from her wonderful caregiver, Kevan. Because of COVID-19 my cousins didn't come to California and the visit was cancelled. I am so grateful for Beverly's kindness. My condolences to the family.
Karen C Wesson
June 18, 2020
s this breaks my heart, I am so happy to know that she and Bart are together again! My love and peace to Michelle, Greg and their entire family!
Dianne Bouton Rhodes
June 14, 2020
Barbara Patridge
June 14, 2020
Beverly and I were classmates and friends when she transferred to SPHS. She, Dr. and Mrs. Racek and her sister, Diane, were so welcoming and generous and I spent lots of time at their home on Fruit Tree Lane in Portuguese Bend. We never lived near one another in our adult years; I have lived in Oregon. We renewed our wonderful sentimental friendship with SPHS friends about 14 years ago and we were able to join Bev at their family cabin in the Sierras. Genevieve would join us girlfriends for lunch in the bay area whenever I visited there; she often treated us to a festive lunch. I always was intrigued by her being a plenaire artist and her pilgrimage walk on the Camino. I remember that she did it in memory of her husband, Bart (John) as they had wanted to do it together.

I would appreciate seeing some of her professionally designed landscape gardens and would be thankful if Michelle would send addresses of any she might know and I would visit them when I am in the bay area again.
Or, please send any pictures you may have. I'm an avid gardener myself.

I am grateful for Bev's long time friendship and it was my honor and privilege to call her my friend. She was a special loving daughter to her
very devoted parents. I carry them all in my heart.

With love and the highest regard for Beverly,
Barbara Patridge
Barbara Patridge
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