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Beverly Jane Poole

July 31, 1946 - Dec.17, 2022

Beverly Jane Howard Poole was born on July 31, 1946, in Athens, Ohio, to Lois Wingett Howard and Glenn L. Howard.

Beverly died December 17, 2022, 10 months after diagnosis of lung cancer, at her home in Pullman, Washington, surrounded by her family, books, and antiques from the Wingett's, Howard's, and Poole's.

Beverly lived in Athens, Ohio, until the age of 12, then she moved with her family to Charleston, West Virginia. She graduated from Charleston High School and received her Bachelor's Degree in education from Concord University in Athens, West Virginia.

Beverly met her husband, Steven Poole, in Hampton, Virginia, where she taught elementary school. Steve was in the US Navy on the carrier Enterprise. They married in May 1971 and after 12 of the first 14 months of their marriage with Steve at sea, settled in Pullman, Washington, in 1972. They were blessed with two children, Sheven Irene Poole and Getch Howard Poole. They celebrated 51 years of marriage and 50 years in the same 130 year old house on Dexter Street in Pullman.

Beverly lived life well, served her community as a teacher, librarian, auxilian, prolific volunteer and active friend. Beverly loved being on WSU campus - taking classes , listening to speakers , seeing their art , and following their sports. She loved reading and was a life long learner. Eternal optimist, who always saw the best in people. Promoted tolerance and patience. Took the time to write to people - on paper, personal messages to check in. Appreciated the little things with ageless exuberance. Made lots of friends and invested in the people she loved. Always smiled and had a mischievous laugh. Gardener. Walker. Swimmer. Talker. Somehow never cursed, unless 'bull butter' counts. She made her children's lives better because she was always there. But she never conquered pickleball.

At her request, no services will be held. Her remains will be distributed by her family at multiple locations, always near water.

Any memorial donations would be appreciated to the Pullman Regional Hospital Auxiliary; On-line guest book is at

Corbeill Funeral Home, Pullman, is caring for the family.


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