Beverly Pinkerton was born Aug. 22, 1928, on the Preston family ranch in Mariposa County. She was the third generation to be born in the Sierra Foothills. It was on this same ranch that she lived out the final years of her life before passing in her sleep on Sept. 28, 2021.
She was the youngest of seven born and raised by Emmet and Effie Preston. Throughout her life she was sheltered and protected; first by her parents and siblings, then by her husband Scott for 63 years and finally her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Although her body failed in her last few years, her memory and mind remained active and alert. She remembered birthdays, anniversaries, holidays and special occasions with the perfect card. She loved giving and getting cards. Remembering people, places and events stayed with her until the end.
Following the San Francisco Giants, daily bible study and crossword puzzles were part of her normal routine. During the 2020 SF Giants baseball season, she attended each and every home game so she could see her “boyfriend” play shortstop. Birds, plants, flowers and factoids were all stored in her brain. She was the person the entire family went to concerning history and events. She was the institutional memory for family and friends.
She was from the “old school” in which her role in society was to be at home making sure that everything inside the walls and yard functioned according to plans. Rest assured that she accomplished this task each and every day. She loved to entertain and feed family and friends alike. It was one of her many, many positive attributes.
She was also a perfectionist with a “don’t throw it away” bent. Everything had a purpose, a function and a place. She was also a child from the Great Depression so she would save and collect for a yet-to-be-determined future need.
Bev was active in the Mariposa Methodist Church where she and Scott were married in 1947. The family pew was the third from the front on the left side. And every Sunday she was there until it became too much of a struggle to attend.
Before cell phones, a police whistle was her way of calling her kids home. It saved her voice and could be heard distinctly throughout the Fairgrounds Drive neighborhood.
Bev loved the family ranch on Ben Hur Road. It’s where she always wanted to be. Whenever she was away it was her home that welcomed her back.
Beverly was preceded in death by her husband, Scott; by her parents, Emmet and Effie Preston; and her siblings Evelyn Fiske, Ray Preston, Laverne Olive, Anita Leonard, Lauren Preston and Clinton Preston.
She is survived by three children, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Her final wishes were to be interred next to her hero and husband Scott at the Mariposa Cemetery. Her family wishes that you remember her in your own special way as a celebration of life service will take place on the family ranch in the coming spring.
Donations in her name can be made to the John C. Fremont Home Health & Hospice, Mariposa United Methodist Church or the Mariposa Museum and History Center.