Feb. 8, 1924 — July 27, 2014
Beverley was born on Feb. 8, 1924, as Bonita Iris Raisch (meaning “Beautiful Iris”) in San Francisco, Calif. Her early years were spent living across from Golden Gate Park in an apartment. Later, she lived on her grandfather’s watermelon farm, where her mother eventually suffered a broken hip from a fall from a ladder. In high school, she legally changed her name to Beverley, as she thought that “Bonita” was a baby’s name and she wrote to the Bureau of Vital Statistics and told them so. Their response was a new birth certificate with Beverley Raisch on it (but no middle name as she didn’t tell them what it was).
After high school, Beverley worked at McClellan Field as a Civilian Guard, and in October 1944 she joined the Navy as a WAVE recruit. She spent four years in the Navy traveling the world and seeing new and wonderful places. At the end of her enlistment, Bev decided that she needed a change and was honorably discharged from Active Duty on June 23, 1948. She stayed with the reserves for another enlistment and was again honorably discharged in 1953.
After her adventures in the military, Beverley married Russell Hills in 1949 and went back to school, earning both an associates and bachelors degree in the arts. During her graduation ceremony, she was honored to carry the colors, dressed in her WAVE uniform. On April 1, 1954, she gave birth to her daughter, Sandy. Soon after that, she returned to the Sacramento corrections as a Transportation Officer. As the years passed, she thought about where she would retire to and live out her days. The only thing that made sense to her was “God’s Country” up in the hills. She loved it, and in 1974, she bought her house on the Divide in Garden Valley.
In 1976, Beverley fell and broke her hip (reminiscent of her mother’s accident decades before), which ultimately forced her into retirement from California Corrections with more than 30 years of faithful service. But, she could not be contained, and so began her years of volunteer work in the community she loved so dearly. She was a Marshall Hospital Trustee for more than 10 years. She was a STAR (Sheriff’s Team of Active Retirees) at the Georgetown Sheriff’s Sub Station, a Treasurer of Marshall Grange for 17 years, a volunteer at the Rebekah Lodge and a Native Daughter of the Golden West. She frequently volunteered to cook breakfast for the annual Jeepers Jamboree event that starts right here in Georgetown. Since retirement, she was nominated and chosen as Senior of the Year twice. Her dedication to her community was unparalleled.
Beverly died in her home, where she was most happy, late at night on July 27, 2014, at the age of 90. She is survived by her daughter, Sandy Puchar; and her son-in-law, Walt Puchar. She is survived by her two grandsons, Brian Puchar (married to Anna Puchar) and Jeff Puchar (married to Asuncion Puchar); four great-grandchildren, Bryce, Cameron, Alyssa and Keith; and Lois Holland, her most trusted friend and companion over the past 70 plus years. Her family and friends will all miss her so very much.
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 5, at 2 p.m., at the Georgetown United Methodist Church. A reception will follow in Buckner Hall.