Bev­erly Ba­con Haughton

The Mercury News - - Obituaries & In Memoriams -

Fe­bru­ary 23, 1929 - Novem­ber 17, 2018 Res­i­dent of Los Gatos

Our beloved wife, mother & mother-in-law, Bev­erly Mae Ba­con Haughton, died on Satur­day, Novem­ber 17. She was 89 years old. We are mourn­ing the pass­ing of the pow­er­ful force she was in our lives. And grate­ful for her long life, well lived.

Her fa­ther was a ca­reer US For­est Ser­vice of­fi­cer, and she spent her first 18 years in Al­turas, in north­east­ern Cal­i­for­nia. Her mother died young of peri­toni­tis fol­low­ing a burst ap­pen­dix. Five year-old Bev­erly wit­nessed her mother’s agony on the 10 hour car ride from Al­turas to the hospi­tal in Alameda where she died. Bev­erly was de­ter­mined to be a nurse, pos­si­bly fu­eled by this for­ma­tive ex­pe­ri­ence.

Bev­erly be­gan her nurs­ing stud­ies at San Jose State in 1948. That was also the year that Bev­erly was a sub­sti­tute for a blind date ar­ranged by a friend. From that for­tu­itous date be­gan Bev­erly’s 70 year re­la­tion­ship with the love of her life, Ken Haughton. They were mar­ried in June 1950 in Ross, Cal­i­for­nia.

Bev­erly and Ken both grad­u­ated from the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia in 1952: Bev­erly from UCSF in nurs­ing, and Ken from Cal Berke­ley in en­gi­neer­ing.

Af­ter time in Wash­ing­ton (state), Iowa, New York, and Mor­aga, CA, Bev­erly and Ken set­tled in Los Gatos, CA, where they raised their three sons: Kelly Lynn (Carol Blan­chard), Kevin Mark (Rachel Wood), and Brian Allen (Tracy Stephens). Along with them, Bev­erly is sur­vived by 8 grand­chil­dren and spouses: An­drea (and Dean) Klad­der, Eric Haughton, Diana (and Aaron) Lease, Kate Haughton, Me­gan Haughton, Alma Haughton, Alex Haughton and Jamie Haughton; and her 2 great-grand­chil­dren, Eve and Thijs Klad­der.

The grand­kids cher­ish mem­o­ries of spe­cial week­long sum­mer ad­ven­tures, most of­ten in­volv­ing camp­ing, that Ken and Bev­erly took them on in­di­vid­u­ally start­ing when they were each 5 years old.

When Brian was in ju­nior high, Bev­erly re­turned to col­lege for an ac­count­ing de­gree. She be­came an en­rolled agent and helped many in­di­vid­ual and busi­ness clients com­plete their tax re­turns, of­ten ask­ing her clients not for pay­ment but for a do­na­tion to Live Oak Adult Day Ser­vices, a non-profit on whose board she sat.

She was de­voted to her Epis­co­pal faith. As a teenager, she sought out con­fir­ma­tion for her­self at Cove, an Epis­co­pal sum­mer camp in Eastern Ore­gon. Bev­erly and Ken joined St. Ed­ward’s Epis­co­pal Church/San Jose in 1957 when they ar­rived in the area for Ken’s job at IBM and have been ac­tive mem­bers ever since. On their trav­els, Bev­erly and Ken spent many Sun­days in Epis­co­pal church pews all over the world.

In 1977, Bev­erly and Ken moved to Ken­tucky for 4 years when Ken was ap­pointed di­rec­tor of IBM’s lab there. Bev­erly took on new ac­count­ing clients.

Bev­erly and Ken trav­eled the world, in­clud­ing many trips to Eng­land to fol­low their genealogy av­o­ca­tion, and to China, Rus­sia, Canada, New Zealand, South Amer­ica.

Bev­erly could be fierce with her opin­ions and judg­ments and in­tim­i­dated many peo­ple! But fam­ily and friends were sure of her strong and un­end­ing love. She was a mighty Mother, Mother-in-Law & Grand­mother whose de­vo­tion to her fam­ily knew no bounds.

Bev­erly is also sur­vived by her brother, War­ren Ba­con, and his wife, Lynne, and a num­ber of nieces and neph­ews of Lake Oswego, Ore­gon.

In her last years she be­came in­creas­ingly frail and she soft­ened, reach­ing out her hand, say­ing “I love you” when she could not re­mem­ber the names of fam­ily and friends who came to visit.

On a Satur­day af­ter­noon, she asked her hus­band of 68 years to help her into bed. When she laid her head on the pil­low, she died.

A cel­e­bra­tion of Bev­erly’s life will be held at 3:00pm on Jan. 5, 2019 at Good Sa­mar­i­tan Epis­co­pal Church at 15040 Union Av­enue in San Jose. No flow­ers please. Per­sonal dona­tions may be made to UCSF School of Nurs­ing, Uni­ver­sity De­vel­op­ment and Alumni Re­la­tions, UCSF Box 0248, San Fran­cisco, CA 94143.

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