Alice Connor Bevers passed away peacefully January 29, 2014 at the age of 91, in her home surrounded by her family. She was born September 4, 1922, in Napa, Calif. the only child of Dorothy Bradley and George Henry Connor.
Alice married William H. Bevers on July 12, 1942 in Inglewood, California. While Bill served in the Army during World War II, their first daughter, Dianne, was born in Inglewood. After that, Alice was able to follow Bill to assignments in Nebraska and Texas, where their second daughter, Darlene, was born in Amarillo. After the war, they returned to Inglewood where their son, Don, was born.
Alice was a third generation Californian. Some of her ancestors came across the Plains in covered wagons and one great-grandmother came to California via ship around Cape Horn. Several stories have been told about her family during this era. One tells of her relatives being in the first party following the Donner Party through the Sierras picking up some of the belongings left by the early pioneers and carrying them the rest of the way across the mountains. Another relates the fact that her grandfather, Henry Connor, was born in California after his mother had walked all the way from Missouri - riding in the wagon was too uncomfortable for the mother-to-be.
Alice attended a one-room school house until the eighth grade. Her father took her and picked her up from school in the car but sometimes her grandfather would come to school on his horse and bring her pony so they could ride home together.
Her parents divorced and when she was 15, her mother remarried and they relocated to Southern California. At that time, her family grew to include two stepbrothers, Duke, who was also 15, and Lloyd, nine. Alice attended Inglewood High School with a huge enrollment compared to her little one-room school house. Among her high school friends was a young man named Bill Bevers. After graduation in 1940, she and Bill began dating and were married.
Bill had a 27 year career with the Inglewood Fire Department, retiring at the rank of Captain. After retirement, Bill and Alice purchased a lakefront lot at Lake of the Pines, Auburn, California, built their house, and spent 20 very happy years there. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on July 12, 1992, inviting 120 guests to join them for the celebration in their beautiful backyard.
After Bill passed away in 1996, their daughter, Dianne, moved in with Alice and they spent many happy times together. Alice and Dianne moved to Medford five years ago to be near family. Alice was very active at the Medford First Church of the Nazarene and has always enjoyed the many wonderful friends made here, all the PrimeTime activities, and the various outreaches of the church.
Alice has always been a caring, compassionate and loving person, happiest when she was doing something for the Lord or someone else. She served as Dianne and Darlene's Girl Scout leader for Brownies and Intermediates, taking them through the eighth grade, attended all of Don's swim meets and water polo games, and always welcomed her children's friends into their home.
Alice leaves a legacy for her family of selflessness, deep passion, a love for others, wisdom, grace, steadiness, and strength. One of her great-granddaughters described her as a legend. We will desperately miss her beautiful, smiling face and loving heart. We know that she is in the arms of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and look forward to that promised reunion in Heaven.
Alice will be lovingly remembered by her children, Dianne King of Medford, Darlene (Bob) Sheets of Medford, and Don (Mary Lou) Bevers of Pontiac, Ill.; grandchildren, Travis (Beth) Sheets, Michelle (Matt) Klakulak, David (Julie) Bevers, and Kari (Adan) Garcia; step-grandsons, Jake Abry and Jared Abry; great-grandchildren, Christopher, Mitchell, Jim, Leah, Mikayla, Zach, Tyler, Nicole, Josiah, Diego, Sonia, Conor, Gabe, Lauren, Evan, and Hannah; great-great-grandson, Eli Sheets; brother, Lloyd Lokka; sister-in-law, Aurora Lokka; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Bill; her grandson, Robert L. Sheets; her brother, Duke Lokka; and her sister-in-law, Jackie Lokka.
Memorial donations may be sent to Medford First Church of the Nazarene, designated for Woodrow House, 1974 E. McAndrews Road, Medford, OR 97504.