MACHIAS — Beverly Marie Randall passed away on Aug. 1, 2022, after a lengthy illness.

Beverly was born in Machias at Dr. Hanson’s Hospital Dec. 15, 1939, to Alvah and Ethel (Dudley) Randall. She graduated as the valedictorian from Machias Memorial High School. She furthered her academic education by attending Bob Jones University, receiving her BA degree in 1963. Later, she received a master of education degree from the University of Maine at Orono. Beverly enriched her academic studies at Bates College, Colby College, and the Sorbonne in Paris, France.

Ms. Randall began her career in education as a French composition teacher at Bob Jones University. Her career path brought her back to Maine. She accepted a teaching position at Georges Valley High School where she taught English for 33 years. She was a dedicated teacher and devoted to her students.

Beverly belonged to many professional organizations including the Women’s Legislative Council in Augusta, Delta Kappa Gamma International, the Maine Education Association as well as the National Education Association, the Washington County Retired Teacher’s Association, and the Shakespeare Society of Rockland, which was established in 1889. Belonging to the Delta Kappa Gamma Organization allowed her to travel to many yearly conventions which were held in Dallas, Las Vegas, Boston, Hartford, Burlington, and White Sulpher Springs.

However, her most treasured affiliation was her membership in the Machias Valley Baptist Church where she served on the missionary committee. Her Christian faith never wavered and her favorite hymns were “Love of God,” “Rock of Ages,” and “Amazing Grace.”

Beverly was never a one-dimensional woman and had many interests and hobbies, but it would be safe to say traveling was her passion. She traveled extensively in the U.S. and Canada including Alaska and Hawaii and over 18 countries including England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, France, Switzerland, Belgium, Azores, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Italy, Greece, Tahiti, Mo’orea, American Samoa, and East and West Germany.

She was a voracious reader of historical novels, science fiction, fantasy, and murder mysteries. Bev was also a life-long fan of the Boston Red Sox and the New York Giants, attending as many games at Fenway as possible and countless other stadiums. She also enjoyed her time at concerts, musicals, and plays.

In addition to her parents, Beverly was predeceased by her brother-in-law, Ralph Bates, and a special niece, Alison Rebecca Bates. She is survived by her sister, Myrna Bates, and special cousin Ruth Chaffey and her husband, Rick, who became her caregiver in the later years.

A funeral was held at Machias Valley Baptist Church, 8 Broadway St., Machias, on Friday, Aug. 5, 2022, at 2 p.m. Interment immediately followed at Cutler Cemetery.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Bragdon-Kelley Funeral Home, Machias, where online condolences may be shared