News - November 26, 2008

Obituary: Longtime city employee remembered by colleagues

Beverly Searles-Beasley, whose first job with the city of Menlo Park was as a softball score keeper when she was 14, died Nov. 15 at the age of 48.

Ms. Searles-Beasley was remembered in remarks made by City Manager Glen Rojas at the Nov. 18 City Council meeting. "Bev served this community with integrity, wisdom and a gung-ho drive that was contagious, especially among her colleagues in the Community Development Department, who are feeling her loss most acutely," said Mr. Rojas.

For 34 years, Ms. Searles-Beasley worked for the city of Menlo Park. She was an administrative assistant in the Community Development (planning and building) Department.

Ms. Searles-Beasley grew up in Menlo Park, attended local schools and graduated from Menlo-Atherton High School. She enjoyed sports and volunteering at a local women's shelter. She also enjoyed cooking, reading, and shopping with friends, say family members, who describe her as "a mother to all."

She is survived by her husband, Otto Beasley of Newark; son Brandon Beasley; and brothers Steve and Stan Searles. She was preceded in death by her mother, Dorothy Searles-Magill, and father, Thomas P. Searles.

Interment will be in Alta Mesa Memorial Park. Memorials in her name may be made to the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health Uncompensated Care Fund, 400 Hamilton Ave., Suite 340, Palo Alto CA 94301.


Posted by Joan, a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Nov 26, 2008 at 4:53 pm

Bev was one of the most helpful, friendly and professional people I ever dealt with in city hall. I am so sad to hear of her passing. My condolences to her family and friends.

Posted by Terry, a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Dec 1, 2008 at 9:56 pm

I was fortunate enough to have grown up with Bev and lived just a few houses down the Street. Ironically, it seems, I was also blessed to have run into her at Holloween, while visiting my parent in our "old neighborhood". I'm happy to say, she was in such wonderful spirits and seemed truly happy. We'll all miss her and remember her very fondly as another "sister". God bless her family and loved ones.

Posted by Tom Cooper, a resident of another community
on May 21, 2011 at 7:40 pm

So sorry to hear about Bev. I went to school with her at Fremont Elementary from probably Kindergarten until fifth grade. She was always bright, smart and friendly. I lost touch with her, but certainly remember her as mature beyond her age. I never heard her say a mean word about anyone.
My condolences.
Tom Cooper

Posted by Toni Hutchins Andrzejewski, a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Mar 10, 2013 at 5:24 pm

Beverly was like champagne, fabulous, bubbly, and sweet. She was always grateful, kind, and helpful. A real angel.

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