On September 4, 1932 in Los Angeles, CA, Beverly Ann Crump was born into the lives of her loving parents Thomas A. Crump and Lorraine Price. She was the eldest of four children: William “Billy”, Marlene, Virginia “Ginger”. Beverly grew up in Phoenix, AZ surrounded by family and friends in a close–knit family environment. As she grew in her Catholic faith, she attended services with her family at St. Mary’s Church where she was baptized, confirmed and married.
As a child, she loved going over to her grandmother Virginia “Big Mama” Crump’s house because she would cook her favorite foods, rub her back and brush her hair which was very comforting for her. She enjoyed swimming with her friends at Eastlake pool where her cousin Fred Williams was the lifeguard. Her Dad would surprise them with a special treat of their own favorite quart of ice cream during the hot summers. Her family would spend many summers at their home on 29th Place in Los Angeles six houses down the street from her grandparents Oscar & Maude Price and they attended Holy Name of Jesus Church.
Beverly’s early education began at St. Mary’s Elementary School and she graduated from St. Mary’s High School in 1950. She attended USC in 1950 where she met George Gopaul at a Kappa party. He asked for her hand in marriage and they were joined in holy matrimony by Father Paul Gopaul (George’s brother) on June 6, 1952. They moved into the summer house on 29th Place, which would become a base home for all family and friends visiting Los Angeles. Shortly thereafter they were blessed with three beautiful children: George Angelo, Lorraine Ivy and Thomas Addison.
As a single parent, Beverly worked hard and sacrificed to support her children. Beverly was an office manager for Dr. Howard for many years. She enjoyed hosting many parties and family holidays at her home. She was very giving and bighearted because she graciously opened her home to many people when they needed a place to stay.
Family relationship was very important to Beverly; everyone knew how much she loved her family. She found great fulfillment in her role as a mother to her three children and made sure they received the best education. After her children graduated high school, Beverly moved to San Francisco to become office manager for her cousin Dr. Fred Williams. A few years later, Fred asked Beverly to relocate to Phoenix, AZ to be the caregiver for her aunt Elizabeth” Sister” which Beverly graciously did until Sister’s transition. Beverly then worked in the office at Universal Mortuary and Insurance for a few years.
Beverly eventually moved back to Los Angeles, where her strong work ethic motivated her to pursue a career in income tax preparation. She taught and managed tax offices. She then became a caregiver for her mother until she could no longer care for her mother due to her own health issues. Beverly provided care giving for her family members which reflected her lifelong and heartfelt compassion for those in need.
Everyone loved Beverly’s open-faced enchiladas and it was a family event when she prepared them. The Food Network was her favorite channel. She enjoyed watching the Lakers basketball games and discussing Kobe vs. LeBron with her son George.
Beverly had the opportunity to live with her daughter and son-in-law (Lorraine & Michael) for her last year and a half. Her loving family & friends would visit her often and bring her the Mexican food she so enjoyed eating. Her great-grandkids Naima & Emerson would play with their toys on her bedroom floor and ride up and down on her lift chair. Their infectious laughs on the chair ride had “Nana B” and everyone laughing all the time. She took pleasure in speaking with her cousin Ronald Crump every Sunday. Beverly looked forward to attending the Crump Family Reunion July 13, 2019 and she had the most wonderful time with her family.
Beverly was a beloved daughter, mother, grandmother, niece, cousin and friend. Anyone who met her was quickly captivated by her pleasant smile and charming personality. She had a unique way of making you feel “special”.
Beverly Ann Crump Morrison, age 86, transitioned on August 13, 2019. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Billy and her son Tommy. She will forever be treasured in loving memory by her sisters Marlene Alexander and Ginger Jackson; her children George Gopaul, Lorraine and Michael Nealy; her grandchildren Kari Gopaul, Sean Nealy, Jason Nealy, Angela Curtis, Tahvia DeMarks, Tiahna DeMarks, Ahlysha Gopaul, Ivy Gopaul; her great-grandchildren Divad Nellums, Lark Gopaul, Naima and Emerson Nealy and a host of loving cousins, extended family and dear friends.
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