Beverly Jean (Johns) Stanfill 31 Mar 1944 - 10 Jan 1997

Beverly Jean (Johns) Stanfill was born on 31 Mar 1944 in Chico, California.  She was one of four children born to Tom and Genevieve Johns.  Tom had been born in Azalea, on 9 May 1916 and that was where he wanted to raise he and Genevieve’s family.  With the exceptions of a short period of living in Montana they lived most  of their lives in Glendale from 1946 until his passing in 1990.  On July 23, 1937, at Willows, Cal, he married Genevieve Alleman.  They owned and operated the Tom Johns Logging Company of Glendale for many years.  He loved the outdoors and devoted his life to logging. She was active in the PTA, Rebekah Lodge and volunteered at the Glendale schools.  She loved sewing and especially enjoyed being involved in her children’s activities over the years.  In addition to logging, he enjoyed rose gardening.  But most of all together they loved their family including Tom Jr., Sharon, Sandra and Beverly.  And this love was equally returned by all of their family, including Beverly, as she was a daddy’s girl from day one. 

Beverly was always a good student in school and was one of those fortunate ones that knew early what she wanted to do after graduation.  While still in school she met and fell in love with Carlis Lee Stanfill.  After graduation she wanted to be a good wife to Carlis and a good mother to their children that they planned to have.  It was no surprise then that some of her fondest memories were of her family (getting married and having beautiful children) but also her time that she spent in the Glendale Schools. 

At GHS, Bev stayed busy with a number of different activities.  She was in Girls Athletic Association (GAA) all four years.  She also served her classes in different years as Vice-President, Secretary and Student Council Representative.  She enjoyed acting very much and was in the Junior Class Play as well as in the One-Act Plays as a senior.  In addition, she found time to be a Flag twirler as a freshman and sophomore and a Song Leader as a senior.  One of the things she enjoyed most was being selected to represent the sophomore class as their Carnival Princess, which included riding on their float during the parade which went through the streets of Glendale. She could always be counted on to provide dedicated and capable leadership and that’s why her classmates chose her to be the Social Chairman during her junior year for the all-important Junior Prom.  Finally, Bev was able to accomplish all this without a detriment to her studies, as she was a member of the Honor Society. 

 Beverly didn't spend all of her time with school work and activities.  When Beverly was a teenager Elvis Presley became very popular and she was a big fan of "the king" of rock-n-roll.  In fact she was the president of his Glendale Fan Club and kept an 8x10 inch framed photo of him next to her bed so she could gave the picture a kiss each night before falling asleep.

Soon after graduation she married Carlis.  This was during the time of the Vietnam War, and the draft, so it must have been hard on her as she worried about their future together and the threat of losing him to the War.  Fortunately, Carlis joined the United States Marine Corps rather then be drafted.  Carlis was first sent to Camp Pendleton for basic training before being posted to Twenty-Nine Palms and eventually to Hawaii.  Thankfully he was never sent to Vietnam but was never in one spot long enough where Beverly could join him.  As a result she stayed with Carlis’s folks where his little brother recalls Bev and his mother playing tricks on him such as short-sheeting his bed or putting holly leaves under the sheets for him to find when he came home from partying.

Beverly and Carlis had three lovely girls; the oldest, Teresa born on her mother’s birthday 31 March 1963, Tamara in 1967 and finally, Tiffany Renee in 1971.  Once Carlis got out of the Marine Corps they settled again in Glendale for a few years where Tammy and Teresa were born. Later they moved to Klamath Falls, where Tiffany was born, and where Carlis worked and attended Oregon Technical Institute (now OIT). 



Carlis worked for Weyerhaeuser Company for several years until it shut the mill there in the late 1980's.  From there they moved to Las Vegas, NM in 1991 for several years and then in 1996 they moved again to Western Pennsylvania.  Up until they moved to Pennsylvania Beverly’s saddest memory was the loss of her dad.  But just seven years after his’ passing was to see an even greater sadness as Beverly had to say goodbye to her family and friends and depart this life to join her father in eternal happiness on 10 Jan 1997.

Because of the nature of his illness, Beverly knew when the end was near and therefore was able to plan her own funeral.  The music she picked was inspirational because one of the main things she wanted was no sorrow and no depressing music.  So that's what we hear as we think about this very special lady, sister, and mother.  To this day, she continues to be missed by her family and friends and the beautiful memories of all that she gave during the too short years she was with them continues in their hearts.

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Music on this page is "Return to Sender" by Elvis Presley