Aug. 1931 – Dec. 2018_x000D_
Beverly McCleskey, age 87, said farewell to family and friends to return to those who passed before her. She died on December 24, 2018 – Christmas Eve in Turlock, California.
Her selfless kind acts and numerous lessons of service will always be admired by many. She will long be remembered for her life of love and dedication to her family and friends, where she always gave her time and wisdom to anyone who sat at her table lovingly known as “Bev’s Kitchen”.
Beverly Jean Robinson was born August 10, 1931 in Turlock, California to Victor Norris and Palmeda (Oliveria) Robinson. When she was 16 she moved to Missouri to live with her great aunt Cleo Mae Robinson. Then proceeded on to Columbia Christian College. She married Billy Joe McCleskey on December 9, 1951 and they were married 54 years.
She is survived by three children, Michael Mann (Margrette) of Turlock, California, Robin Falke (Rob) of Avon Lake, Ohio and Scott Jason (Susan) of American Fork, Utah; her two brothers Victor “Bud” Robinson of Jackson, Oregon and Wilford George Robinson of Nevada City, California and one sister Sunny Delane Robinson-Nye of Hilmar, California. She is predeceased by half-brother Albert Aschwanden.
She also leaves behind her grandchilden: Erik (Katie) Schultz, Victoria (Jaques) Thebert, Michael Matthew, Daniel Mann (Nichole), Ryan (Stephanie) Falke, Bradley (Maylin) Falke, Molly (Mark) Houx, Jaime (Eric) Forsyth, Clinton (Tess), ShaNae (Spenser) Carrier, Brayden (Maddie), Sabyn (Nolan) Hanson, and Jason Scott; and great grandchildren: Cyril and Calvin Thebert; Brooke and Jay Schultz; Jameson and Remington McCleskey; Conner, Addison, Brooklyn, and Taylor Falke; Galla, Magnus, Everly, and Ryken Falke; Amelia and Nikolai Houx; Henry and Pepper Forsyth; and Sophie ShaNae Matheson.
Family requests that memorials be given to: Community Hospice Foundation at 209.578.6370 or visit give.hospiceheart.org.
A Graveside service will be held at Turlock Memorial Park on Monday, January 7, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.
Please share your memories at www.AllenMortuary.com.
Susan McCleskey saysJanuary 6, 2019 at 2:57 pm
I struggle to find adequate words that would express how I feel about Bev, Mom. I often tease my husband that I fell in love with his family long before I fell in love with him and it is true, the biggest reasons being centered on Bev. She was a person that personified kindness and she easily drew people in from all walks of life, because of that quality. She showed genuine concern and interest through not only her talent of conversation, but through her cooking. One rarely left her home without both body and spirit being full to the brim.
Mom, thanks for being the mother-in-law that everyone always wishes they had. Thanks also for being the beacon that drew me to the family that I love ever so dearly. You are and will forever be loved and I treasure that fact.
Molly Houx saysJanuary 1, 2019 at 10:27 pm
Mammaw was one of my very best friends. I’m still amazed at how she was instantly able to tell my voice from my mom and sister when we called. She taught me service through her amazing example! She cared so much for everyone that sacrifice was really never an issue to her. She gave, and she gave. She cooked and she fed. She hugged, kissed, welcomed, counseled, cheered for, cried with, and laughed plentifully. Her home was a place to feel loved and comfortable.
Mam represented quality, class, and endurance in such a way that everyone was enriched by her presence.
Deborah Oliver saysDecember 31, 2018 at 11:24 pm
My sweet Aunt Bev who always made me feel worthy, special and loved. Many days you would fill my heart with your warm and loving words. Sometimes you would just say “honey” and I tear up. Love you much Auntie. See you on the other side. You will be missed.