ALEXANDRIA, Virginia — Beverly Jeanne Ruser nee Baughman, 92, of Alexandria, Virginia, passed away on Thursday, July 15, 2021, at Inova Alexandria Hospital.
Born on February 9, 1929, in Kendallville, Indiana, she was the daughter of Merle and Florede (Cramer) Baughman.
She graduated from Kendallville High School with the Class of 1947. She received a B.A. in Fine Arts from DePauw University in 1951 and then a Masters in Library Science from Indiana University. Beverly was a life-long librarian. She began her career at a library in Cincinnati and then at the Winchester Massachusetts Public Library in the mid-1950s.
After the family moved to Chevy Chase, Maryland in 1962, she continued her library career as a Reference Librarian for the Montgomery County Maryland library system. She retired in the 1980s. But, she continued to love books and enjoyed their company (“her books”) up to her death.
On December 26, 1954, Beverly married Claus Ruser. They divorced in 1979.
Beverly is survived by her son John (Vera) of Washington DC, grandson Steven Fernando of Fairfax, Virginia, son-in-law Sheran (Wendy) Fernando of Alexandria, Virginia and cousins Gaynelle (Ken) Krews of Lake Havasu City, Arizona and Paul (Anna) Minar of Kendallville, Indiana.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Nancy Joanne Miller and her daughter Katherine Ruser Fernando.
Visitation will start at 12:30 pm and a service will be held at 1 pm on Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at the Everly-Wheatley Funeral Home, 1500 W Braddock Road, Alexandria, Virginia, followed by a burial at Ivy Hill Cemetery in Alexandria.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to The Katherine Ruser Fernando '79 Writing Fellows Fund. Checks should be payable to Barnard College with the name of the fund in the memo line. The mailing address is Office of Development, Barnard College, 3009 Broadway, New York, NY 10027.
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