Beverly Eleanor Winters

Beverly Eleanor WintersBeverly Eleanor Winters, 91, passed away Oct. 16, 2013, in Laguna Hills, Calif., after a short illness. She was surrounded by love.

A Service of Memory and Hope for Beverly will be at the China Lake All Faith Chapel, on Thursday, Dec. 5, at 11 a.m.

Born Feb. 11, 1922, in Minnesota, Beverly served as a Gray Lady during the war and was an Aquatennial fur queen in her early modeling years. She moved to California after the war with her daughter.

Beverly married Fred Winters in 1951 and raised two more children in Riverside. She received her AA degree and enjoyed her work as substitute teacher for kindergarten children and later, driving special education students to school.

The family moved to Ridgecrest in 1971 when Fred, an engineer, was transferred to the China Lake Naval Weapons Center. Explorations together included touring with the Good Sam Club and Elderhostel groups, living a year in Washington, D.C., traveling to Israel and Austria and seeing the “Passion Play” in Oberammergau.

Beverly’s explorations continued to Alaska, Greece, Turkey and Egypt and taking a riverboat cruise down the Mississippi River to New Orleans. Yet, her favorite place to be was near the water — sitting beside a peaceful lake or the ocean.

In her later years, she continued to share her enthusiasm and passion for life by volunteering with the Salvation Army, serving as a prayer counselor for Guideposts and spending time with her family and friends. She was always gracious and an inspiration to all. Beverly also enjoyed Indian-arrowhead hunting, gardening, swimming, golf, sewing, fishing and camping and was an active member of the All Faith Chapel.

She is survived by her daughter Kathy Bonner; son Greg; daughter Carolynn Winters-Hazelton (Kent); and grandchildren Rick and Kerry Bonner and Erik, Mikal and Elise Winters.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Protestant Women of the Chapel, the Ridgecrest Salvation Army or Guideposts.

Submitted by the family of Beverly Winters

Story First Published: 2013-10-30