Services Friday for Beverly Moody, 81

Beverly Moody, a former longtime resident of Pacific Palisades, died at her home in Monterey on March 18 following a brief illness. She was 81. Beverly Augusta Sander was born June 16, 1922 in Birmingham, Alabama to Neil and Oester Sander. At the age of six months, the family moved to Redondo Beach. She graduated from Redondo High School and attended Pasadena City College, Fox West Coast Theater, USC and UCLA. During World War II, Beverly interrupted her studies to work for the U.S. Naval Department and traveled to Arizona for a nurse training program. After the war, while on vacation in the Sierra Nevadas, Beverly met her future husband, Sharon Clay Moody (a fourth generation Angeleno). After a romantic and adventurous courtship, they were married in Los Angeles on January 31, 1948. They raised their five children in Pacific Palisades, where Beverly was an active member of the Methodist Church, P.E.O., National Charity League, the Assistance League, King Harbor Yacht Club and other community charities and events. She embraced the ‘Southern California’ lifestyle and enjoyed sailing on yachts, going to the beach and hiking in the mountains. A love of the great outdoors was central to the family’s activities and summer vacations. Additionally, Beverly played an active part in Boy Scout Troop 223 by supporting her three sons on their quests to becoming Eagle Scouts, as well as supporting Sharon in his duties as District Commissioner for the Boy Scouts. Beverly had a great love for art and music. She played the piano for a number of years, studied art history and developed a love for antiques. After years of doing appraisals for art collectors, she decided to open an antiques store, The Bottega, in Pacific Palisades, which she owned for five years. After living in the Palisades for 38 years, Beverly relocated to the Carmel/Monterey area in 1999 where she became an active volunteer at the Yellow Brick Road and continued her involvement in the P.E.O. Through the years, she traveled extensively throughout North America, Europe, Russia, the Far East, the Caribbean and the South Pacific. She always embraced the art, culture, customs and people from other countries. Beverly always found time to share her smile, laughter, and kindness with all she came in contact. She lived each day with grace and respect and will be missed by all who knew her. She was predeceased by her husband in 1984. She is survived by her five children, Scott Moody (wife Jackie), Kent Moody (Allison Leong), Laurel Anne Moody, Craig Moody and Megan Moody Burns (James), and her nine grandchildren: Devon and Heather Moody; Teri Hubbard; Mackenzie and Tucker Moody; Christine, Katherine, Maureen and Bonnie Burns. A memorial service will be held on Friday, April 23 at the Palisades Methodist Church, 801 Via de la Paz, at 11 a.m. A celebration of her life will immediately follow at the Bel-Air Bay Club (upper club). In lieu of flowers, Beverly’s request was to have donations made to the Assistance League of Santa Monica, 1453 15th St., Santa Monica, CA 90404 (395-2338) or to P.E.O. Sisterhood-L.A. Chapter, Attn: Mary Ellen Trimble, 1322 Fiji Way, Suite 9B, Marina del Rey, CA 90292.