Beverly M. Jeffers, 93, of Princeton, N. J., passed away peacefully, after a brief illness, on July 5. She is much missed by her six children, their spouses, 14 grandchildren, her sister, numerous nieces and nephews and their spouses, grand-nieces and grand-nephews, and innumerable friends.
Beverly was born in New York City, daughter of portraitist Richard F. Maynard and actress and author Lorraine Huling Maynard. She attended the Dalton and Brearley Schools in New York, then Radcliffe and Bryn Mawr, getting her B. A. in English 1946.
On a trip to Europe in the early 1950s, she met, and later married, Alexander Jeffers, a British journalist and photographer. After a short stay in Scotland, the couple settled in Connecticut. They returned to Britain in 1972 and lived in Maidenhead, in the Thames valley. She returned to the U.S. during the Eighties, living in New York City, West Windsor, and then Princeton.
Beverly had a lifelong interest in the arts. After college, while living in Old Greenwich, she and her sister Sylvia were active in the newly formed Connecticut Playmakers.
In England, she helped found the Maidenhead Painting Club, serving as its executive secretary from 1976-1987. She and fellow artists helped establish the Maidenhead Arts Center, and helped oversee its first few years.
More recently, she took part in many activities at the West Windsor Senior Center, which became a source of many new friends. She took numerous writing classes, especially in poetry and the short story, organized a play-reading group, and produced amateur entertainments.
She was a member of the Garden State Watercolor Society, and a life member of New York’s Art Students League.
She enjoyed sketching, oil painting, and watercolor, and her works were included in shows at the Cookham Arts Club, Maidenhead Library, the Guildhall, London, and New York’s Salmagundi Club. More locally, she had work in shows at the Lawrenceville Library, Princeton Hyatt, and West Windsor Town Hall, among others, picking up prizes for her oil paintings.
There will be a brief, informal memorial service at 4 pm on Saturday, July 8, at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer St., in Princeton. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to UNICEF or a similar charity.
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