Remembering Carrie Beavers

Remembering Carrie Beavers

 

In remembering Carrie Beavers, the first adjective that comes to mind is kind, followed by congenial, considerate, charismatic, cheerful and clever. Sweet must also be included, because Carrie was that above all.

During my infrequent visits to Alameda Sun headquarters, I was assured of a warm hug and a compliment from the always affable Carrie. Busy newspaper workers can be a brooding, self-absorbed, grumpy lot, but not Carrie. She was always pleasant, with a warm smile and a jovial, good-natured greeting. She radiated the warmth of the Sun.

One of my fondest memories of Carrie was the “Sun Pulchritude Party” she arranged to welcome me back into the fold as a contributing writer. There I was, sitting at a window table at Cera Una Volta, surrounded by three Sun lovelies: gorgeous former account executive Sharon Edler, beautiful former editor Suzanne La Barre (great name) and the remarkably cute and captivating Carrie. 

The afternoon was bibulous, with the Prosecco and Pinot Grigio flowing freely. Lunch may have gone on a bit too long. I don’t think any of us went back to work, but who feels like working after several glasses of great wine and some of Chef Rudy’s delicious chocolate gelato? 

Carrie, an “armchair naturalist,” regaled us with several funny stories about Marlowe, her ancient, cantankerous and unbelievably intelligent cat.

It was heart-warming tales of the adventures of Marlowe and her other pets that compelled Carrie to spread her wings and share with Sun readers her estimable skills as a writer. Her prose was always vivid, powerful, entertaining and engaging. I had a great deal of admiration for her. 

Carrie was far too spare with her Sun writings, I wish she had written more; but she apparently waited for strong feelings to motivate her. Her passion was palpable concerning the issue of domestic violence when she penned a powerful Sun commentary (“Put a Stop to the Spiral of Shame,” Sept. 11, 2014). 

Her clever and articulate writing voice will be missed.

There’s an old spiritual axiom that says “Sooner or later, we all realize that kindness is our only strength.”

Carrie realized that great truth sooner, not later, and it always showed in her beautiful, kind smile.

God bless you, Carrie.

 

 

Editor’s note: last week’s tribute to former Alameda Sun employee Carrie Beavers after her recent passing generated an outpouring of loving responses from many of the people she knew in the community. Of the many thoughtful comments we received, we felt these memories from our longtime contributor Gil Michaels help fill out the story of this beloved Alamedan. 

Gil Michaels can be reached at satsfats510@mailstation.com.