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Beverly A. (Higgins) Fanning

Born: Wed., Oct. 17, 1934
Died: Fri., Mar. 1, 2019

Memorial Service

11:00 AM Sat., Apr. 06, 2019
Location: Union Congregational Church

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Beverly A. (Higgins) Fanning, age 84, passed away in Sarasota, FL on March 1st, surrounded by her family.

Born in Brockton, MA, Beverly was raised by her mother, Helen Higgins, Abbott Higgins and her father, Benjamin P. Higgins, Sr. Her birth mother, Harriett (Pendergrass) Higgins passed when she was age 5. She graduated in 1952 from Brockton High School where she met the love of her life, Ellis V. “Bunky” Fanning, Jr. Bev was a resident of East Bridgewater for 57 years where she and Bunky raised their 3 children.

Beverly began her career at Plymouth Home National Bank, and after her marriage, was a full time Mom until 1967 when her youngest began elementary school. For many years, she was the School Secretary at the East Bridgewater Junior High School where she impacted many young lives with her compassion and humor. Her career continued as the Executive Assistant to the President of Dunnington Drug until retiring to care for her grandchildren.

Beverly volunteered her time to a number of causes and organizations within East Bridgewater including the Republican Town Committee, the Boosters Club, the Public Library, the Food Pantry, the East Bridgewater Housing Authority, Union Congregational Church, and the Citizens Police Academy. She was recognized as one of the community volunteers/leaders who made the Community Center at Sachem Rock a reality.

Beverly is survived by her three children: Deborah Caffelle and her partner, Todd Lewis, of Englewood, FL; Stephen Fanning and his wife, Evelyn of St. Augustine, FL and Cynthia O’Kelly and her husband, Thomas of East Bridgewater, MA. She is also survived by her pride and joy, her grandchildren: Jonathon Fanning and his wife, Ashley of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, Matthew Fanning and his fiance, Jaclyn Lake of Lincoln, RI, Benjamin O’Kelly of Denver, CO, Hillary O’Kelly of Weymouth, MA and Jacob Caffelle and his wife, Lindsay of Englewood, FL. Her great grandchildren: Ashanti Lozado, Liam Fanning and Kaleb Fanning. Beverly was predeceased by her husband, Bunky, her brother, Benjamin P. Higgins, Jr and son in law, Mark E. Caffelle.

Bev’s Memorial Service will be held on Sat., April 6th at the Union Congregational Church, 105 Pleasant St, East Bridgewater at 11:00 am.  

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Bob Jenkins
   Posted Wed March 13, 2019
I (and my brothers) have such fond memories of your Mom and Dad going back to the Beaver days. Your mom was always real nice and always made you smile. Your family (and mine) were blessed to have such great parents!
I hope loving memories will help ease your grief as time goes by.
Sincerely Bob

Paul Jenkins
   Posted Wed March 13, 2019
It is with fondness that I recall Bev's wonderful sense of humor and friendship to the Jenkins family as we all resided in Beaver on Summer St. My sympathies and all the best to Debbie, Cindy, and Stephan.
Paul Jenkins, West Glacier, Mt.