We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Scheer Memorial Chapel FD#975
1932 - 2022
Even as a little girl there was a set to her jaw and stubbornness in her will. Through the years this determination helped her maneuver loss and life’s challenges.
Beverly Pearl Purvis, one of five children born to George and Alice Bickel in Chehalis, WA passed away May 20, 2022. Even then, it was her wish to leave and she did so only because her body could not keep up with her mind and wants.
Widowed at 40, Bev entered the workforce. To be close to her children, she worked at Las Plumas High School and used that knowledge to then serve on the Board of Trustees. She was a faithful attendee of the Oroville Garden Club, that was later revealed to be a small social group operating under the guise of gardening. The group had regular meetings, t shirts and bumper stickers lending authenticity but truth be told, no soil was turned.
She was also an avid reader and known for her culinary skills. Taking three days to make a special cake was not uncommon and family dinners always had room for an extra plate.
Bev enjoyed traveling around the U.S. and to numerous countries, leaving friends in Japan, Brazil, Portugal and Mexico.
Later in life she made “experienced” friends at Sierra Sunrise Terraces in Chico and then at Pacifica Country Crest where she enjoyed Thirsty Thursdays and threw the dice with friends each week playing Yahtzee and Mexican Train.
Friends sustained her and family was an important source of pride. She is survived by her sister Barbara (Swanson) and her children Lea Ann, David, Lisa (Wilson) and Anne (Blomquist), grandsons Patrick, Geoffrey, and Kristoffer, great grandsons Tanner and William.
As Bev leaves this life it is with chin forward and a chance to relax after a job well done.