Beverly LaValle Stockman, nee Travaille
Feb 23, 1932 – Jul 7, 2016
Born February 23, 1932, in Walla Walla, WA – died July 7, 2016, in Federal Way, WA
Mom finally hit the Triple 7 – passing away on 7/7 at 7 pm – of natural causes. Survived by children, Janice Schiemer (Joe), Jeffrey (Amy), James (Kristie), and Joyce; Sister Marjorie Aukerman (John); Brother Leonard Travaille (Carol); 9 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband John, infant Walter, and many others. Per Mom’s wishes, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Joseph Hospital; Franciscan Foundation, P.O. Box 1502, Tacoma, WA 98041; or South King Fire & Rescue Aid Fund, 31617 1st Ave. So., Federal Way, WA 98003.
Service to be held on July 29 at 2:00 pm at Southminster Presbyterian Church, 19834 8th Ave. So., Des Moines, WA 98148, reception to follow. Mom hoped for all to don your favorite Hawaiian or casual attire.
Bev grew up on a dairy farm in Prosser, WA, with her parents, Walter and Ellen Travaille, siblings Marjorie, Leonard, Ruby (deceased) and Bob (deceased). Mom graduated from Prosser High School in 1950, going on to Whitworth College, then marrying John Stockman in 1951. Her interests were many in these formative years, including playing the flute and piccolo.
John and Bev moved around the state while John was working for his father in the family produce company and John's stint in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. They moved to Des Moines, WA, where they started out in a little mobile home trailer, then purchasing their house in 1959. Starting out her career as a Des Moines Municipal Court Clerk, she eventually became Court Administrator for the City of Des Moines; retiring in 1993.
As our dad had been with the Des Moines Fire Department, Station 26, for many many years, Mom was involved in The Flares, which was the wives' group. She began volunteering for the Red Cross as a result, and one aspect was helping to find temporary shelter for those misplaced due to fires in their homes. Mom was very active in the Waterland Community of Des Moines. She was also very active in the Miss Des Moines contests in the 1970s, as well as even becoming a Waterland Clown.
Delta Rho, a philanthropic sorority, became very meaningful to her, an organization that raised funds for St. Jude, as well as MS. She was very involved in all aspects, climbing the ranks and becoming president, as well as Woman of the Year.
Mom's second home was Hawaii, she absolutely loved Kona, HI. It was only fitting that one of her daughters-in-law was Hawaiian, gave her all the more excuse to go visit family! In the last ten to fifteen years she couldn't come home without sporting a new tattoo.
Other passions of Mom's were her fingernails (while in the hospital, she directed us to not let them touch her nails!) and knitting. She knit an afghan blanket for each of her grandchildren's families when they had their first babies - she completed seven of them. She was asking about nursery colors for the newest great-grandchild that will arrive in November, time ran out on her. This family will get a very special blanket, one that she made for our dad to keep him warm while on dialysis (blue one in picture). She said that it is going full circle, then, and that made her smile.
She bought a motor home and had many adventures all over the country; eventually marrying Craig, and had some fun years until that ended in 2014.
Joyce's motto has always been: If my mom can do it, I can do it.
The family would like to thank the excellent and compassionate healthcare teams in the St. Francis ER and hospital wings, as well as the Garden Terrace, in Federal Way, WA.
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