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Beverly Mosier

Beverly Mosier - Doll Making - assembly

It is with great sorrow that we write that Beverly Mosier passed away April 14th 2015, at Hoag Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit.

Bob & The Entire Mosier Clan invite all who have shared in the pleasure of knowing her to
celebrate the life of Beverly Joy Mosier on Friday May 1st, noon, at 2242 Mesa Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660. For more information, please feel free to contact us.

In lieu of sending flowers, we ask donations be made to Bev’s Rose Garden or the Friends of The Library.

Beverly Joy Mosier
April 4th, 1928 – April 14th, 2015

Born in Alberta, Canada, Beverly grew up in California along the Colorado River Aqueduct as her father surveyed its route from Lake Mead toward Hollywood where she lived until meeting a returning Army Air Corp Pilot in 1946. Bev and Laguna’s 2015 Patriot of the Year, Bob Mosier, were married and best friends for 67 years. Known as “Gramma Bev” to her 14 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and the many she treated as family, she was dedicated to children, teaching in her inspirational way anything under the sun, and beyond. Beverly, seemingly without effort, made family out of everyone she met.

“She was one in a million. After all, how many women are interested in both meteorites and baking cookies, roses and physics, dolls and sculpting? Beverly was one of the most modern agile thinkers I have ever met. She taught me a lot about being a woman in the world, and both following one’s interests and building a strong family,” wrote Linda Binley, one of the many close friends of the family. Delighting in every facet of life Beverly could pick up a hammer to build a room a cabinet as easily as she, without a recipe, poured fresh ingredients into a pot making an array of candies, soups and breads.

Beverly’s remarkable skill in design, fashion, sewing, knitting, and porcelain doll making resulted in hundreds of intricate hand-made costumed dolls. Forty-four meticulously made to match the first ladies in their inaugural dresses, are in the U.S. National Archives and housed amongst the collections at the Nixon Library. Beverly worked through an impressive variety of media, sculpting in paper mache, clay, wood and stone. She proved her talents as painter, sail-maker, jeweler while also producing drawings, writings and storytelling of all kinds. While Beverly critiqued herself, “I can’t seem to narrow my hobbies down to a single favorite,” she never stopped writing. Stories filled her home. “Because for me, Poppa Bob, the children, their spouses, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, are the most important, my fictional stories are filled with family names.”

Beverly would often use her skills to fill a last minute need by any of the many groups who benefitted from her extensive volunteer involvement; she worked with the Assistance League of Newport Beach, Hoag Hospital Auxiliary, North Laguna Community Association, Taxpayers Association, Friends of the Library, and American Legion. Beverly also supported the Laguna Beach Library through fundraising, programming and art installations, many of which are still on display at the library: The Gift Tree, Children’s Library wall calendar, Donation Doll House, The Friends Book Boat, and Brett the Book Worm. She spoke at local schools and organizations with her dolls and hand-carved Kachinas to lure children into the love of history, storytelling.

Beverly traveled the world only to confirm that home is the best place after all. Beverly lived with her husband and best friend, Bob, a few feet from the surf in Laguna Beach, California over 43 years. She turned their rocky cliff-side yard at Fisherman Cove into a hillside of roses for all to enjoy. Her magnificent garden supplied the annual Memorial Day centerpiece bouquet at the Laguna Beach Memorial Point Ceremony for many years.

In early March 2015, Beverly was diagnosed with MDS, a problem where bone marrow does not properly produce blood cells. She succumbed on April 14th, 2015 with her husband and four children Nancy Swan, Pam Mizell, J.R. Mosier, and Bonnie Bohart at her side. We love her dearly and know she has gone to a happy place.

In tribute to her efforts to beautify Laguna’s public views, Bev’s Rose Garden on Fisherman Cove will be expanded to include a hillside bench surrounded by donated rose bushes for anyone wishing quiet contemplation of that majestic Pacific Ocean view she so dearly loved.

We love her dearly and know she has gone to a happy place.

With Love, Bob & The Entire Mosier Clan

Beverly Joy Mosier

April 4th, 1928 – April 14th, 2015