February 25th, 2016 by Duarte Dispatch
Beverly Margett passed away peacefully last Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016 in hospice care at Royal Oaks Manor in Bradbury. Her husband of 65 years, former State Senator Bob Margett, was at her side. She had struggled valiantly against the fibrosis which literally took her breath away. But through it all she remained positive and always gracious.
She was born Beverly Sidle on Sept. 26, 1926. After graduating from high school in Glendale, California, Beverly continued her education at UCLA, Occidental College, and the University of Arizona. Even without graduating, she began teaching in the El Monte School district with a provisional credential.
Although she and Bob grew up within ten houses of each other in Glendale, it was not until after Bob had graduated from the University of California at Berkeley that they began to date. They were married in 1951 and shortly after moved to Arcadia where they lived until recently.
Together they raised their seven children, six boys and a girl, in Arcadia. Beverly was always involved with the children’s activities, serving as a Little League mother and active member of the PTA. She was the president of the Dana Junior High School PTA and was awarded an honorary life membership in that group.
Beverly was also active in the Arcadia Republican Women’s Club and the Assistance League of Arcadia, serving as president of both those groups. The volunteer activity of which Beverly was most proud was working as a docent at the Los Angeles Zoo. This required extensive training and she was pleased to have graduated at the top of her training class.
Bob said that with all her activities and those of the children, he was amazed that she had the time to become a gourmet chef, regularly turning out meals that impressed family and friends.
Services are being planned for next month at Immaculate Conception Church in Monrovia where the Margetts have long been members.
Beverly is survived by her husband, Bob, and their children Dennis, Jeffrey and his wife Karen, James, Richard, Kenneth and his wife Debbie, Phillip and his wife Linda, and Melinda Margett Perkins and her husband Steve. She is also survived by eleven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.