Beverly Lowe Aldrich Markkula passed away suddenly on April 30, 2010 at the age of 90. She taught business education courses for 20 years at Hugh C. Williams High School in Canton, New York, retiring in 1982. Prior to that, she taught at Colton High School in Colton, New York and Ball State in Muncie, Indiana.
Beverly was born in Seelyville, Indiana, the daughter of Rella Shipley Lowe, who taught in a one-room schoolhouse before marriage, and Wayne Leroy Lowe, an industrial arts teacher.
Beverly received her undergraduate degree from Indiana State Teachers College in 1942 and her Masters in Business Administration from Indiana University in 1950.
During World War II, Beverly enlisted in the U.S. Navy as a WAVE, and was assigned to teach Yeoman Service School at Hunter College in the Bronx, New York, where she also served as Secretary to the Commanding Officer. Her letters home at that time spoke of seeing the Lunts on Broadway and dancing at the Waldorf Astoria.
She married her first husband, Doran D. Aldrich, a Navy officer, in 1945 and accompanied him on postings to Hawaii and Guam. That marriage ended in divorce in 1950.
Beverly married Orvo E. Markkula, a professor of mechanical drawing at SUNY Canton, in 1955. They built a home on Riverside Drive in Canton and enjoyed ballroom dancing, trips by RV and boating on the St. Lawrence River for many years. Orvo preceded her in death in 1995.
Beverly was a 36 year member of the St. Lawrence County Historical Association and served on its board for a number of years. She was a member and former officer of the Canton Area Retired Teachers Association. Other memberships include the Canton Study Club, the Canton Garden Club, the American Association of University Women, Traditional Arts of Upstate New York, the League of Women Voters, and the Women in Military Service for America (WIMSA) Memorial. In 1997, Beverly attended the dedication of the WIMSA Memorial in Arlington, Virginia with her sister, Virginia Haney, also a World War II U.S. Navy veteran. Virginia passed away in 2000.
Beverly enjoyed an active retirement. Favorite activities included flower arranging, reading, playing contract bridge, watching classic movies and dining out with friends. She also enjoyed performances of the Grasse River Players, the Orchestra of Northern New York and Ogdensburg Command Performances.
There will be no funeral or calling hours. Donations may be made to Planned Parenthood of Northern New York or the Salvation Army.
Beverly is survived by her son, Gregory Aldrich of Potsdam; her daughter, Lisa Markkula of Tucson, Arizona; a granddaughter, Rochelle Aldrich Dahlin; a great-granddaughter, Emily Sharyl Dahlin, of Howe’s Cave; nieces Candace Haney Dearnaley and Deborah Haney Mora; and nephew Jeffrey Haney, of Indianapolis, Indiana.
A nephew, Kent Haney, preceded her in death in 1997.
Inurnment will be in the Columbarium, Arlington Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, in the same niche with Orvo Markkula, Court 1, Section G.
Condolences may be sent online to www.lawrencefuneralhome.org.