|Birth: ||Mar. 21, 1922|
|Death: ||Aug. 22, 2009|
27 AUG 2009
Anna M. Beavers
(Created: Thursday, August 27, 2009 11:34 AM EDT)
Anna M. Beavers, 87, died Aug. 22 at Greenfield Senior Living in Strasburg.
Born March 21, 1922, near South Hill in Mecklenburg County, she was the daughter of Walter and Virginia Manning.
She was a graduate of Ferrum Junior College and Radford State Teacher's College. In 1943, she moved to Loudoun County and taught in Lovettsville Elementary School for four years. She met Dudley Beavers at a Lovettsville dance and the two were married in 1946. In 1953, they moved to the former Dishman farm on Foxcroft Road near Unison. She returned to teaching in 1959 at Middleburg Elementary School where she taught for 28 years.
She became active in the Middleburg PTA in 1954, and began to operate a "clothes closet" where she provided clothing and school supplies for needy children. She continued this effort past her 1987 retirement. She maintained close ties with Middleburg and Banneker elementary schools, helping hundreds of children over the years in the Middleburg/Unison area. She was well known for making quilts and using proceeds from their sales to help families. Her service to children as a "Citizen Hero" is chronicled in an elementary school textbook. In 2000, Anna was featured in People magazine, traveled to New York as a "Home-town Hero" on the Rosie O'Donnell TV Show, and appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show. She served as the Grand Marshall for the Middleburg Christmas Parade in 2001 and was selected as one of seven "Toyota Working Women" by ABC Channel 7 in 2002. She was a long-time member of Unison United Methodist Church and served as an adult Sunday school teacher, lay leader and an active member of the Ladies' Aide Society. She told others that her life of service stemmed from her Christian faith.
Surviving are her son John Beavers of Winchester; daughter Martha Crane of Richmond; grandchildren Jason Sherl of Tulsa OK, Sarah Yi of Burke, Anne Beavers of Arlington, John Beavers of Harrisonburg and Matthew Crane and Helen Crane of Richmond. Her husband and daughter Anita Sherl predeceased her.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27 at Hall Funeral Home in Purcellville. A funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 28 at the Unison United Methodist Church, with Dr. Bill Wade and the Rev. Anthony Wadsworth officiating. Burial followed at the Ebenezer Cemetery near Round Hill. Memorial contributions may be made to Unison United Methodist Church, 21148 Unison Road, Middleburg, VA 20117.
Walter Averett Manning (1888 - 1959)
Virginia Lee Bing Manning (1901 - 1985)
Dudley N. Beavers (1911 - 1994)
Ebenezer Baptist Church Cemetery
Created by: Sam Eanes
Record added: Jan 23, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 64591696
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