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Beverly Maxine Hilliard-Lenox

December 27, 1927 — January 31, 2024

Beverly Maxine (Hilliard) Lenox was born in Cleveland ,Ohio on December 27,1927. She was one of 7 children born to Francis and Percy Hilliard. She spent most of her childhood in the Franklin Pennsylvania area. She moved to Washington D.C. where she met and married Melvin Elwood Lenox May 8, 1949.

 From 1946 -1951 she was a telephone operator for Chesapeake Potomac Telephone Company in Washington D.C. She worked various jobs throughout her life to support the family but her longest and most rewarding job was with Hewlett Packard from 1976 - 1993
 She lived in various parts of the country, Franklin PA, Bountiful UT, Camarillo CA, Valley Center CA, Corvallis OR, Bend OR. She also had the opportunity to live in England. Spending her last 13 years in Grand Junction, CO.

 When young, she liked to climb up high on things like trees and cupboards. In her adult years it was ladders ,so she could reach up high to paint walls and ceilings.This continued until her children had to confiscate her ladders when she was in her late 80’s.

 She was an artist and everything was her palate, painting walls to look like brick or marble, prolific canvas paintings and whimsical sewing creations.

 Being a mom was her main focus, goal and pride in life. She fiercely fought and worked hard to keep her family together under very challenging circumstances. She provided a creative home, freedom to explore our own imaginations and neighborhood surroundings.

 She loved her grandchildren and was a master storyteller, inventing characters with colorful lives and adventures. They dubbed her Granny Ghoul after one of her famous characters. Some of her fantastical stories she wrote down for generations to continue to enjoy.

 In addition to oratory skills she was a master at writing detailed letters, cards, and notes, often accompanied with a whimsical drawing. She wrote tags on things she bought, or had been given over the years. Everything she bought had a date written on it and where it came from. None of us will look at black sharpies the same ever again.

 Her daily musings, details of the days events and documentation of the things she saw or bought were drawn out in strikingly accurate renditions in journals that date back decades.

For the people who met her and knew her the first comment was, what a joyful warm smile she had.

Beverly was known also as Becky by some friends and family. She is survived by her four loving children:
 Scott (Shelly) Lenox
 Sandra DeSalvo
 Karen Lenox
 Julie (Tony) Lopez
 Also her grandchildren: 
Nathan (Lauren) Lenox
 Jillian Lenox

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