Beverly J. Brizendine, 86, of Yakima, passed away peacefully at Cottage in the Meadow on January 14, 2020 after a multi-year, stoic battle with rheumatoid arthritis. She was born to Frederick and Cathryn Bartram on December 19, 1933 in Yakima, WA where she lived her entire life. Beverly married Leonard (Moe) Brizendine in 1951, and they were an amazing team for 65 years. Their respect and love were evident every day as they went about their daily lives of creating a home, raising their two children Greg and Lynnette, working to support their family, and keeping up with other important relationships. They didn’t have to be involved with elaborate activities to enjoy each other; they simply lived life together. Their loving relationship was a shining example to their children/grandchildren of selflessly loving another person, and making choices to do what is best for each other. Their strong moral code also provided an amazing foundation for their children/grandchildren to pass on to future generations.
Beverly contributed to her family’s success by working as a medical receptionist for several doctors in Yakima where patients and staff alike were the recipients of her graciousness, positivity, and organizational skills. Whether at home or the office, her strong work ethic contributed to any task she undertook. She enjoyed interacting with people, and her delightful personality helped create a welcoming atmosphere.
All of Beverly’s favorite things in life revolved around her beloved family and friends. She lovingly and meticulously created a comfortable home for her family no matter where they lived. She created a warm and inviting environment where her family and guests could enjoy each other’s company. Her focus was always on making others feel special. When guests arrived, there were many personal touches specific to the individual guests that had been thoughtfully prepared for their arrival. Even drop-in guests were the recipients of her graciousness and hospitable preparations. Beverly enjoyed keeping up with family and friends, and was genuinely interested in what was happening in their lives.
Beverly’s siblings were such an important extension of her. They created a family unit that celebrated together, and gathered forces to help/support each other and their families during difficult times. Frequent connections and conversations were the norm all throughout their lives. ‘The sisters’ had so many wonderful adventures together from mini outings to simple afternoon lunches together.
Beverly loved so many things in day-to-day living, but camping and boating with her family and friends were among her favorites. She and Leonard enjoyed many of their retirement years traveling in their motor home throughout the United States.
Beverly is survived by her son, Greg (Andrea) Brizendine of East Wenatchee; daughter, Lynnette Brizendine of Yakima; brother, Rick (Pat) Bartram of Yakima; sister, Bernadine (Kim) Davis of Yakima; sister, Cathy Dekker of Yakima; sisters-in-law, Betty Jo Patterson of the Tri-Cities, and Rita Brizendine of Vancouver, WA; grandchildren Jeremy (Gricelia) Schuoler of Zillah, Adam (Jennifer) Brizendine of East Wenatchee, Cortney (Josh) Mathews of Ellensburg, and Brett Mackey of Yakima. Beverly also has seven great-grandchildren: Jayden, Owen and Ian Schuoler; Parker and Emma Brizendine; Wyatt and Kade Mathews; and numerous nieces/nephews/great nieces/nephews. In addition to her husband’s passing in 2016, Beverly was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Cathryn Bartram; sister, Barbara Wingerter; and brothers-in-law, John Wingerter and Ray Dekker.
Visitation is planned for Monday, January 20, from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Rainier Memorial Center, 2807 Terrace Heights Drive, Yakima, WA. Funeral Services are Tuesday, January 21, at 1:00 p.m. at Rainier Memorial Center. Burial will follow at Terrace Heights Memorial Park located on the adjacent property. A reception will follow the burial at Rainier Memorial Center.
The family would like to express our sincere gratitude for the exceptional care and support provided for Beverly, and us, by The Cottage in the Meadow staff. This hospice facility and skilled staff created a serene and comforting environment allowing Beverly to be comfortable during her final days. In addition, thank you to all of our family and friends for your prayers, support, and condolences.
In memory of Beverly, contributions may be sent to The Cottage in the Meadow, in care of Rainier Memorial Center (2807 Terrace Heights Drive, Yakima, WA 98901), who is caring for the family.
"Nothing loved is ever lost; and she was loved so much.”