UNION – Ileen Beverly went home to be with her Lord and Savior Nov. 4, 2012, at Maine Medical Center, Portland. She was born Aug. 16, 1936, a daughter to the late Hugh and Grace Springstead.
Ileen was a loving wife to John Douglas Beverly for 55 years; a mother to Yvonne Grace Blake and husband, Randall, Phillip Chase Beverly and wife, Donna, and Jonathan Hugh Beverly and wife, Tracy; a grandmother to Grace Godwin and husband, Matthew, Caleb Blake and wife, Kimberly, Benjamin Blake and wife, Jessi, Anna Raymond and husband, Christopher, Stephen Blake and wife, Lauren, Lydia Webber and husband, Donald, Micah Blake and wife, Grace, Abel Blake and Landis Beverly; and a great-grandmother to Carter and Mika Raymond, Gabriel and Alana Blake, Evelyn and Eliot Webber, Malcolm Blake, and also two more yet to be born. She was also an older sister to Vern Springstead and Alan Springstead. Ileen was predeceased by her son, Douglas Michael Beverly; and brother, Terry Springstead.
She loved and cared for many others – foster children, young teen girls and those whom God brought into her life and home. She loved and prayed for each one as if they were family. Ileen touched lives wherever she lived. Anyone who knew her was blessed by her optimism and enthusiasm. At age 13 Ileen’s life turned from darkness into light when she found the Savior at a summer church camp. She carried her Bible to school every day and demonstrated her newfound faith with her joyful way of life. She had a gift of being able to talk to strangers and used it to tell them about the Lord. Ileen earned her registered nursing degree from Sparks School of Nursing, Fort Smith, Ark. Throughout the years she worked as a nurse in Trenton, N.J., Johnson City, N.Y., Phoenix; Troy, N.Y., Ellsworth and Bucksport. Ileen earned a midwifery certificate in Nassau, Bahamas, in 1966, and managed a clinic alone on Cat Island. She also was the regional health education instructor for Bucksport Regional Health Clinic. She served the Lord as a pastor’s wife in Canaan, in addition to teaching many Bible clubs, ladies’ Bible studies and Sunday school classes, and counseling those whom God brought her way. She loved playing games, gardening, sewing, quilting, reading, drawing, plus making cards and gifts for the many people in her life. She also wrote and prayed for missionaries around the world. Most of all, Ileen loved her Savior, Jesus Christ, and she demonstrated his love to everyone she met.
A memorial service will be held 10 a.m. Nov. 16 at Lighthouse Bible Church, 86 Prospect St., Searsport. Donations may be given to Gary’s House, a ministry to those whose loved ones are in the hospital, 97 State St., Portland, ME 04101, www.mercyhospitalstories.org/cms/support-mercy/online-giving or 207-535-1320. Arrangements are under the care of Riposta Funeral Home, 182 Waldo Ave., Belfast. For additional information and to offer condolences to the Beverly family, please visit www.ripostafh.com.
“It will be worth it all when we see Jesus. Life’s trials will seem so small when we see Christ. One glimpse of His dear face all sorrows will erase. So bravely run the race, till we see Christ.” by Esther Kerr Rusthoi