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Beverly A. (Heath) King

NORTH CANAAN — Beverly “Bev” Ann (Heath) King passed away on April 26, 2019, at the age of 86. She was the widow of Everett “Bud” King, whom she married on Feb. 11, 1956.  

Bev was born in Great Barrington on Oct. 6, 1932, daughter of the late Anna (Walsh) and Wendell G. Heath. She lived in Monterey, Mass., for several years before moving to Great Barrington. 

She leaves her three sons and their spouses, Konrad King and his wife, Regina, of Sheffield, Mark King and his wife, Nancy, of Falls Village and Thomas King and his wife, Linda, of Southfield, Mass.; a foster son, Richard Thomen of Cookeville, Tenn.; a daughter, Teresa (King) Aitken and her husband, Scott, of Salisbury; 11 grandchildren and their spouses, Jason and his wife, Allison, Joshua and his wife, Melani, Jonathan and his wife, Alyssa, Jacob King, Jordan and his wife, Jessica, Kayla and Ryan King, Sierra Watson and her husband, Jeff, Karisa King, Christopher and his wife, Jennifer, and Joseph Aitken; 13 great-grandchildren, Camden, Levi, Brody King, Aliyah Creamer, Brayden King, Bailey & Cole King, Bentley and Rowan King, Bristol and Chase Watson, Annabelle and Charlotte Aitken and another King great-grandchild due in the fall. 

It goes without saying how much Beverly loved her family. Nothing brought her more joy than to spend time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Beverly is survived by her sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Pauline Garfield, Althea and Courtney Marshall; and many nieces and nephews and cousins. 

She was predeceased by a foster son, Robert Thomen; her brothers, Wendell and Donald Heath; her sisters-in-law Marjorie F. Heath, Mildred King and brothers-in-law Alan King and Duane Garfield; and her mother-in-law and father-in-law, Katherine and Charles King.

Beverly graduated from Searles High School in 1950 and trained at St. Francis School of Nursing in Hartford. She spent many years at Sharon Hospital and Indian Mountain School, and for Mr.  and Mrs. William Brookfield and Mrs. Robert Montgomery before retiring at the age of 70. 

She volunteered as a Girl Scout leader, Sunday school teacher, a member of the Canaan Northwest Lions Club, a faithful volunteer for Fishes & Loaves Food Pantry, served on the Defense Fund for Peter Reilly, assisted on numerous church committees at the Canaan United Methodist Church of which she was a member for over 60 years and other organizations. 

Bev’s life was all about doing for others. She never wanted the spotlight to be on her and always wanted to help everybody. 

We believe that in lieu of printing all the things Beverly did in her lifetime, she would rather have the words spent on where others can go out and help one another. 

Memorial donations may be made to the following organizations: North Canaan Volunteer Ambulance Corps., P.O. Box 178, North Canaan, CT 06018; Northwest Detachment Marine Corps League, P.O. Box 844, North Canaan, CT 06018; VFW Couch Pipa Post 6851, 104 South Canaan Road, North Canaan, CT 06018; Canaan Fire Company, P.O. Box 642, North Canaan, CT 06018; and VNA Northwest, Inc., 607 Bantam Road, Unit F, Bantam, CT 06750. 

A memorial service will be held at the Canaan United Methodist Church in North Canaan on June 10 at 9:30 a.m. at Canaan United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in the East Canaan Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the care of the Newkirk Palmer Funeral Home in North Canaan.