September 19, 1943 to January 5, 2019
Beverly Rothwell, 75, passed away on Jan. 5 in Lake Oswego, Ore. from dementia. She was born Sept. 19, 1943 in Chicago, Ill. She was the eldest of two children born to Walter and Emily Hofmann. Beverly and her brother Michael moved with their parents from Chicago to San Diego, Calif., when she was in the third grade. Her family settled in the Point Loma area and she graduated from Point Loma High School.
Beverly received her bachelor's degree from San Diego State University (SDSU) where she majored in Art and minored in English. She later went on to earn her Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from SDSU. Beverly spent her career as a teacher with the Lemon Grove School District, teaching kindergarten, first and second grades. She was a mentor teacher and was given an Outstanding and Exemplary Contribution & Leadership award. Beverly also received the Greater San Diego Reading Association Award of Excellence. She retired after 33 years of teaching, having made an impact on countless students.
She was married to Jack McVay with whom she had her daughter, Michelle McVay Nixon. She was later married to James Rothwell, with whom she had her second daughter, Jill Rothwell Gonzalez. Beverly's daughters, along with her seven grandchildren, were the loves of her life. She loved to spend time with her grandchildren, reading to them, taking them on "Clue days", watching her grandson play basketball and her granddaughters play soccer and tennis.
Beverly was very dedicated to her family, friends and two labs, Charlie and Clair. She enjoyed reading mysteries, listening to jazz music, gardening, cooking family meals, and being part of her book club. She also enjoyed being a member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood (Philanthropic Educational Organization), "Birthday Group" dinners with friends, painting, traveling, antique hunting, attending plays at the Old Globe Theater, and playing tennis.
She was a talented artist and won first prize at the Del Mar Fair for her painting. She was a Girl Scout leader, volunteered for Meals on Wheels, was on the Board of Directors for the Multiple Sclerosis Brunch Society, the Big Sister League, and Singles in Support of Performing Arts.
She moved to Lake Oswego with her daughter and son-in-law in 2016.
Beverly was preceded in death by her parents and beloved dogs. She is survived by her brother Michael Hofmann and his wife Elaine; daughters, Michelle Nixon and her husband Tory, and Jill Gonzalez and her husband Victor; her grandchildren, Juan Moreno, Marisa Moreno, Daniella Moreno, Jaiden Hargrave, Jenna Hargrave, James Gonzalez and Kourtney Gonzalez.
Beverly will be remembered for her beautiful warm smiles, way of making everyone feel special, caring nature, and the love she gave to her family and friends day in and day out. She was a gift to everyone who knew her. She will be missed dearly but will live on in the hearts of those she loved the most.
Beverly will be interred at the Lithuanian National Cemetery in Justice, Illinois. In lieu of flowers, memorial gift donations may be given to the Alzheimer's Association, alz.org