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Beverlee Raia Winters(1937-2014)

Beverlee peacefully made her journey to heaven on Easter Sunday after a 3 year battle with breast cancer. Born and raised in Kenton, Ohio, Beverlee attended the University of Ohio where she earned a Bachelor's degree in Nursing. After completing college, she moved to California and worked as a nurse for the Sante Fe Railroad and then later as a Public Health Nurse.

She married Dr. Anthony P. Raia in 1962 and quickly began a family. After moving to Maryland and Florida, the family settled in Manhattan Beach in 1968. Life was full raising her children (Lynda and Mark). Weekends were spent on the family boat in Catalina or on the beach at 18th street. In 1978 Beverlee returned to nursing with a group of plastic surgeons in Santa Monica.

In 1992 Beverlee married Ralph Winters and moved to Pacific Palisades. Traveling and golf filled their days. Beverlee continued to enjoy nursing, she loved the patients and they all loved her. She was married to Ralph until his passing in 2004. She then moved back to Manhattan Beach to be closer to her children and Granddaughter.

Beverlee's greatest joy in life was spending time with her family and friends. She embraced the relationships in her life, continuously nurturing and expanding them. She had an incredibly generous and loving heart. No one was ever without a home at the holidays. She always remembered special occasions in others' lives, making them feel loved. There were no strangers in her life, only new friends that she hadn't met yet.

Beverlee is survived by her Daughter, Lynda Galins (Joseph); Son, Mark Raia (Autumn); Granddaughter, Nicole; Brother, Frank Otto; (Martha); Cousin, Emily Nolan (Ron); Pamela Davidson; Neva Galins; her little dog, Daisy; and many, many adoring and loving friends.

A celebration of her life will be held on May 7th from 4:00pm – 8:00pm at the Lakes Golf Course in El Segundo. The theme will be PINK in honor of a wonderful woman, Mother and friend and her courageous battle with breast cancer. In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Breast Cancer Research.
Published in The Beach Reporter on May 1, 2014
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