Beverly R. Musgrove
Beverly R. Musgrove
  • November 24, 1933 - October 9, 2016
  • Old Saybrook, Connecticut

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Beverly Musgrove, a deeply cherished, courageous mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend passed away Sunday, October 9th at the Connecticut Hospice in Branford, CT after a long, private and brave battle with cancer. She was 82 years old.
Raised in Springfield, MA by Marshall and Helen Roy, Bev enjoyed singing and dancing with her sisters Shirley Lamarche and Karen Tongue. Music filled her home growing up, and Bev shared that love with her children, nieces and nephews, who often requested that "The Roy Sisters" perform at their parties and weddings. Family gatherings were always filled with music and sing-a-longs. Bev also enjoyed being a member of Sweet Adelines, a barbershop harmony musical group.
Bev is survived by five loving children: Ann Marie and her husband John Gardner of Lancaster, PA; William and his wife Koko Musgrove of Kelso, WA; Robert Musgrove of Westbrook, CT; Patricia and her husband Brian Cournoyer of Ivoryton, CT; and Timothy and his wife Tania Musgrove of Lahore, Pakistan. She also leaves six grandchildren: Anastasia and Madeline Bailey, Kole and Loryn Musgrove, Jane Musgrove and Lisa Marie Hayward.
Perhaps most poignantly, Bev will be missed by her bridge ladies and her Sunday morning breakfast crew. These lifelong friends meant the world to her, and their support and friendship brought joy to her days.
Old Saybrook is Bev's beloved town. She lived on Maple Avenue prior to moving to New Jersey briefly, then returned to Old Saybrook in 1969 to raise her five children. In addition to chauffeuring and watching her kids in their many sports and activities, she was treasurer of the Women's club and an active member of Old Saybrook High School Athletic Boosters. She also enjoyed working as a bookkeeper for WLIS radio and the Valley Railroad.
Travel was one of Bev's passions. With her husband Bill, she visited numerous US states and other countries. After Bill's passing in 2001, Bev continued her "trips of a lifetime" with one or both of her sisters. She was fortunate enough to walk beneath the African sky in both South Africa and Namibia. It was there that she fell in love with elephants, leading her to adopt "Shirley", a resident of an elephant sanctuary in Tennessee. Bev has also explored the inner passage of Alaska, danced on the beach in Hawaii, hiked the Grand Canyon, and seen the rolling green hills of Ireland. She has walked countless beaches on numerous oceans, collecting shells and watching the sun set.
Another passion was the theater. Bev was a guild member for many years at The Goodspeed Opera House, leading tours, driving actors to the theater, and ushering shows. And she was a constant figure at "door 2" of the Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center. "The Kate" brought Bev so much joy, as music of any genre brings a smile to her face.
As Bev told all her family this past summer at a reunion: "I have lived a good life. Saybrook has been good to me, now, I am doing it my way". And she did. She filled her final days doing the things she loved - including eating copious bowls of ice cream and orchestrating a spontaneous sing-a-long with her sisters in the lounge at Hospice. She passed while looking out over her favorite landscape, the tranquil Long Island sound.
The selfless courage and conviction Bev displayed during her toughest hours is an inspiration to all that knew and loved her. She will be greatly missed by her loving family, friends, fellow Kate volunteers and the supportive community in Old Saybrook.
Calling hours are from 5 - 8 pm on Monday, October 24th at Swan Funeral Home in Old Saybrook. A funeral mass will take place at 11:30 am at St. John's Church in Old Saybrook, followed by a committal at Riverside Cemetery. A celebration of Bev's life will immediately follow at one of Bev's favorite spots, the Vicki Duffy Pavilion.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Bev's name can be made to Connecticut Hospice in Branford.