This is the poem that Margot Eckert, sister of Beverly wrote and delivered an at Beverly's memorial service on 2/21/09:
My little girl sister
could out bike, out dodge ball, and out hide and seek the
fort building, tree climbing, cowboy hat and Cisco Kidding,
mouseketeering, red wagoneering
jump roping, hop scotching,
Playground pal, was my little girl sister.
My Teenager sister
granny glasses, peasant dresses,
Buffalo Academy of Sacred Heart classes,
one act plays,
hot uniforms all day
spit curls, bangs, CYO
Canisius dances, Sean Rooney romances
waitressing and babysitting,
Beatlemaniac, was my teenage sister.
Art woman, my sister
pottery making from shapeless slabs of heavy clay
up the stairs dragging, across the floors sagging
sitting on her stool, wheel spinning, iron fingers shaping,
Talent abounds in my AllenTown Arts Festival sister.
Music woman, my sister
piano and guitar playing
Bach loving, Ella Fitzgerald adoring
birthday lyrics composing
Clapping and performing from my music sister.
Fun woman, my sister
watch out! - roller blading
niece and nephew trip taking
Neverland Island hopping
world traveling- Paris, Italy, London, Mexico, Morocco
the theatre world
Cove Beach picnics
On the go fun, with my motion sister.
Kitchen woman, my sister
big wooden table, guests surrounding
chopping, slicing, mixing, spicing,
broiling, baking, pasta rolling,
feasting, laughing, drinking,
toasting to family, friends and neighbors,
Soul nourishing... making meals with my kitchen sister.
Garden woman, my sister
lush lawn, stone walks,
clematis run amok
dinosaur sized Rhododendrons,
grass mower, leaf raker,
dirt shoveler, ground shaper
Landscapes sculpted by my garden sister.
Builder woman, my sister
renovations big and small
stucco and stone steps
windows and doors, hardware stores,
Eggertsville, Breckenridge, Enfield, Easton, Elizabeth, then
her home…Katrina homes… Habitat homes…into our homes,
Always feel at home with my builder sister.
Strong woman, my sister
impatient staring, locked gaze, glaring
reading, researching, pondering, believing
tenacious - when tired
nonsense not tolerated
determined, never mean
The Infomatrix... don't mess with my sister.
Strong woman, my sister
Now your sister too
Spirit NOT killed ...of this good sister
Spirit now STRONGER… pay it forward much longer
With us... within us... our sister lives still.
© M. Eckert