GRACE ANN BEAVENS
Grace Ann Beavens passed away peacefully in her sleep on Sept. 30, 2018 at one of her favorite places on earth, a house named "Hale Lani" on North Shore, Oahu, HI. She is now at rest after a 13-year battle with dementia.
Grace was born to Chester and Clara Jackson in the small town of Sutton, N.D. on June 24,1933 as the last of 5 children. Her heritage was 100% Norwegian. Because of her mother's health problems, the family moved to Arlington, Texas where Grace became President of her Girl Scout troop, and then finally to Eugene, Oregon, where she became "Worthy Advisor", highest position in the Order of Rainbow Girls. She was very active at both Roosevelt & Eugene High School, and was a member of the Rally Squad at both. After graduation in 1951, she enrolled at Oregon State College as an Education major. While there, she became a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority where she established a lifelong bond with her many friends. As a freshman she was a finalist for Sweetheart of Sigma Chi as well as Miss OSC, and one of the two female Cheerleaders during her sophomore year. Always popular, she led an active academic and social life. She was elected Social Chairman for the sorority, a title she unofficially retained for life, becoming the ultimate hostess for many family and business events, including three weddings.
Between her Junior and Senior year at OSC, she married Thomas V. Chambers of Cottage Grove, Or. After receiving her B.S. in Education, she became a High School Science teacher. Shortly afterwards, they moved back to Eugene where she became active in the Junior League and Swim & Tennis Club. In 1960 they had a son (Kelly Richard) followed by a second (Christian Jon) in 1967. The couple divorced in 1969. She was an avid skier and fisherman, with many trips to Sun Valley Idaho and Bachelor Butte Oregon for skiing and to Winchester Bay, Oregon for fishing. She made many creative meals from the many salmon caught from her boat.
She met and married Art Beavens of Manhattan Beach in 1969, and gained two daughters (Susan Kaye ) and (Sandra Lyn). Blending three nine-year-old's and a three-year old into a family was a challenge she successfully undertook. However, she had to trade her salmon fishing days for scuba diving and underwater photography. She continued skiing for years, where her "Smooth-Silky" style was her trademark. Throughout the children's teen age years, her kitchen was a must stop for all of their friends, with one announcing, "Mrs Beavens, your clam chowder rules!". Her ethnic Norwegian Christmas cookies along with other favorites like "Lefse" and "Flatbrod" were the hit of the season. She kept everyone entertained with her many jokes and unique sayings, referred to as "Gracieisms". She would also come up with the occasional Norwegian "UFF DA", loosely translated as "Oh No" or probably worse.
She and Art started their Process Control Systems company in 1976, specializing in Food Processing, Water and Wastewater plants. They worked side by side around the globe, with projects in such places as Guam, Barbados, Jordan, France, Hawaii (Oahu, Maui, Lanai, Molokai & The Big Island), as well as plants on the mainland. She officially retired from Beavens Systems Inc. in 2000, but continued traveling with Art to Hawaii, working some, while also enjoying "Hale Lani", and their Condo in Maui. Even though life became more difficult in later years, she was still able to ride her stationary bike, both at home and in Maui, enjoy music, friends & family as well as cocktail hour at sunset. Her last one was highlighted by a brilliant "Green Flash" as the sun dropped below the horizon.
Life will not be the same without our "Amazing Grace", but her loving memory will last forever.
Grace is survived by her husband, their four children, eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Published in The Beach Reporter on Dec. 11, 2018.