MARSTON, Beverly Ann Of Walpole, passed peacefully on August 24 at the age of 67. Cherished daughter of the late Howard and Laura Marston. Devoted sister of Priscilla J. Bossard of Walpole and Clay Marston and his wife Jean of Hanover. Loving Aunt of Benjamin Brown, David Brown, Bryan Bossard, Amanda DeAguila and Kyle Marston. Also survived by many relatives and friends.
Beverly is looking down on us today smiling at all the people who came to say goodbye. She was a woman who smiled often and would sing along with happy songs on the radio.
Beverly had a love of adventure since her early years. She loved to dress up as a cowgirl and ride horses. Then as an adult she turned to adventurous trips. Whether it was the Artic on an icebreaker expedition, riding a camel near the pyramids of Egypt, flying in hot air balloons out West, sleeping in tents in the deserts of Morocco, volcanoes in Hawaii and Iceland. Helicopters, boats, small aircraft, safari or touring Beverly was always up for new experiences.
As Beverly’s health began to decline she gave up travel and found her new passion in volunteering mostly here in Walpole. Her specialty was raising funds for programs that affect children, animals, and emergency services departments and people in need.
Over the years she volunteered in various animal shelters in Medfield and Norwood with a focus on providing safe shelters for homeless cats to get out of the elements and away from prey.
Then Beverly noticed a new library was to be built here in Walpole and she participated in the project from beginning to end. When you are in the children’s room at the library and see the little chairs with the duck feet – that is all Beverly!
Beverly was a strong supporter of Veterans groups including Friends & Family of the 182nd Infantry of the Massachusetts National Guard on their deployment to Afghanistan. One part of the program was putting together boxes for the troops of individual things soldiers would like to have while away.
She was a member of the Walpole Drug and Alcohol Coalition focusing on programs for our youth to avoid the pitfalls of substance abuse. She volunteered to chaperone groups of school children to Walpole State Prison to see where substance abuse can lead.
As a member of the Jr Women’s Club she participated in various fundraisers for the community including Habitat for Humanity. By the time construction began Beverly knew she couldn’t pick up a hammer or other heavy work much as she wanted too so she brought lunch for the workers. She always found a way to participate.
Beverly’s last project was to join GOFI a non-profit organization that breeds, raises and trains golden retrievers for people with special needs. You could often see her around town with a golden on a leash socializing with the community. Beverly formed a relationship with the Walpole Cooperative Bank and would often be there on Saturdays with the dogs hoping customers would see how wonderful they are and donate to the cause.
Yes, Beverly touched many lives with her smile, words of encouragement and desire to help in any way possible. She will be missed by her family, especially her sister Priscilla with whom she lived for 15 years and most definitely by her two calico cats Jazz & Zoe.
Visiting hours will be held Saturday, Sept. 8 from 10-11:30AM at the Alexander F. Thomas & Sons Funeral Home, 45 Common Street, WALPOLE with a Memorial Service at the Funeral Home starting at 11:30AM. Relatives and friends invited. Please in lieu of flowers, all donations can be made to Golden Opportunities for Independence, 61 Endicott St., Walpole 02081.
Golden Opportunities for Independence
323 High Street, Walpole MA 02081